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While Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe with Prometheus wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it was still great to return back to that world. The world of androids, cryosleep, oh and the terror of an unknown alien creature that indiscriminately kills with acid for blood! Scott’s planned sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant will be hitting theaters August 2017. Returning are Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace. Newcomers Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir and Billy Crudup will be joining. The film has already promised that we will not only see the Engineers of Prometheus, but we will see the Xenomorphs from the original Alien series.

Recently Fassbender has an interview with BBC Radio 2, and let out a slip for what to expect for the next film. So spoilers…

The first thing is that the xenomorphs will be called “neomorphs” as they are in an earlier evolutionary stage from the other films, this being a prequel series and all. Fassbender also provided details on the neomorphs birth cycle compared to the other films.

These Aliens are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the accelerant/black goo. Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed.

These spores infect several members of the Covenant crew by entering the body through the ear and nostrils. The spores cause the growth of the Neomorphs inside the infected hosts – something that is reminiscent of William Gibson’s (“Neuromancer”) first draft of Alien 3. One of the Neomorphs bursts from the back of one of the infected crew, a “backburster”. The other crewmember’s Neomorph erupts through their throat.

The births are preceded by the eruption of two small dorsal spikes. These spikes and a pointed skull are also used to break out of an embryonic sack (similar to the Deacon in Prometheus). The Neomorph resembles some of the older concept art of the proto-Aliens from Prometheus, specifically the white colouration, with a pointed head and two dorsal spines. Upon birth, the Neomorphs move on all fours similar to the Bambi-burster from Alien 3.

While this does seem like it’s “getting back to its roots” in regards to a good fun, gruesome film, it’s also going to a new territory by introducing new variations of the terrifying alien creature. Is this a welcome change? Time will tell.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters August 4, 2017

Source: Geek Tyrant

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