There are two types of people: those who think Ridley Scott's Alien is the greatest chest-bursting entry in the outer space franchise, and those that think James Cameron's Aliens is the pinnacle of ass-kicking, sass-mouthed, marine madness. While it may be Scott who is directing the upcoming Alien: Covenant, it looks like it's assholes and elbows as we tool up for the oncoming xenomorph attack. Could Scott be taking a leaf out of Cameron's book as we head down a more militarized attack on the acid-spitting creatures.
The latest official image from Covenant appears to show some sort of commando unit stalking through the undergrowth -- presumably they are heading to an early grave, you know how it works. It may look more like a scene from Kong: Skull Island, but note that the image seems to hark back to 1986's Aliens with a colonial marines vibe. Whether it is a rescue mission, or just part of the doomed spaceship Covenant crew, they look to be better prepared than Ellen Ripley's Nostromo crew from Scott's 1979 film.
The image came with the mysterious number "220512052104," which some have deciphered as (possibly) meaning "December 22, 12:05, 2104." We know that 2104 is the year that Covenant is set, 10 years after Scott's 2012 film Prometheus, so many are guessing the December 22, 12:05 means that we will get a trailer on the 22nd at 12:05 - keep em' peeled.
Back To The '80s
Personally, I am a bigger fan of Aliens, so the more nods to the Cameron era, the better. Who could beat the cigar puffing Apone, Lance Henriksen as bishop, or "Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?" -- "No. Have you?" It was pure '80s action as the group of expendable marines were slowly picked off on the alien homeworld.
The 1986 sequel took Sigourney Weaver and a team of new faces on a completely different adventure, and it looks like it is exactly what Ridley Scott is doing too. Covenant looks to be a million miles away from Prometheus, which some die-hard Alien fans will be relieved to hear. Covenant is the second in a planned trilogy of prequel films that lead up to the start of the events in Alien. Prometheus 3 (if it goes ahead) should serve as a Rogue One as we head toward the Nostromo landing on LV-426.
Whatever happens, the latest image seemingly paints a picture of trouble for someone. Given the recent news that James Franco will reportedly have a very brief role as the Covenant captain, expect that it won't be long before the crew starts getting a great big face hug from some unwanted guests. The synopsis reads:
“Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
It also doesn't look like good news for Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw, who we last saw blasting off with David at the end of Prometheus. Rapace is confirmed to return in a small role, but it looks like the ass-kicking will be left to Katherine Waterston's Daniels, who is not only tipped to be the new Ripley, but possibly the mother of Sigourney Weaver's franchise final girl. Fassbender, Waterston, and Rapace will be joined by Danny McBride, but we will have to wait until August 2017 until we blast off -- my chest might burst with excitement!