Everything We Learned from the First 'Alien: Covenant' Trailer

Monday, 26 December 2016 - 6:05PM
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Alien: Covenant
Monday, 26 December 2016 - 6:05PM
Everything We Learned from the First 'Alien: Covenant' Trailer
Yesterday, sci-fi fans were given the greatest gift of all: the first Alien: Covenant trailer. We were hoping for a sequel that would be a lot more claustrophobic horror and a lot less pretentious pontificating about religion, and the trailer didn't disappoint. In fact, this trailer had more scares than all of Prometheus combined (with the exception of that excellent C-section scene), along with lots of teases for the new Xenomorphs. Here's everything we learned from the first Covenant footage, if you dare:



Backbursters!


Alien Covenant

The rumors are true: the trailer confirmed that the new species of Xenomorph, dubbed the "Neomorph," will burst through its victims' backs rather than their chests. According to the previous reports, it will actually have the ability to burst through multiple parts of the body, including the throat.

Alien Spores


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The Neomorphs also seem to have a different life cycle, judging by the spores that enter one of the crew members' ear. In the original films, Alien queens hatched eggs, which then hatched facehuggers, which (as we all remember) implanted embryos in human hosts. Now it looks like humans can be infected with a Neomorph larva through the spreading of spores.

A Neomorph gets loose on the ship


Alien Covenant

I mean, we could probably guess that from knowing the age-old tricks of the franchise, but there you have it. A Neomorph gets loose on the ship and wreaks havoc, as they do.

We got a blink-and-you-miss-it look at an adult Neomorph


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The adult Neomorphs are supposedly different in appearance from the traditional Xenomorph: they're whiteish, translucent, with two dorsal spines, much like the original concept art for Prometheus. Yeesh.

"Paradise" is beautiful


Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant

The alien planet, which was originally called "Paradise" back when the film was called "Paradise Lost," is a gorgeous environment filled with mountains, fields, and storm clouds. Too bad about the rest of it, though.

David lives on the planet with Guy Pearce


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As we knew from the plot summaries, David lives on the aliens' planet, and we see in the trailer that he's lording over it in an immaculate white environment with a lone piano (of course). And although at first it looked like the person next to him might be Walter, the other android Michael Fassbender is playing, AVP Galaxy says the scene matches intel for Weyland's introduction to the film.

Walter is working with the Covenant crew


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Later in the trailer, we catch a glimpse of Fassbender in a dark hoodie on the Covenant, which is presumably Walter. According to the actor, Walter will be less "human" and flawed than David, and will be more like the helpful, logical androids of old.

There will be more than one kind of new Xenomorph


Alien Covenant

We've seen reports that Covenant will introduce up to three different kinds of Xenomorphs, and this trailer might have confirmed that piece of intel. The Neomorphs are reportedly the most prominent type, but there will be two others on the alien planet, which we see when one jumps out of that weird egg that looks like one of the mutant flowers from Jumanji.

Where is Elizabeth Shaw?


We don't see Prometheus' Elizabeth Shaw in the trailer, but we do get an ominous shot of her and David's crashed ship on the alien planet. We also see Katherine Waterston's character, Daniels, looking at some dog tags, which may belong to Shaw. There's a possibility that she died before the movie starts (probably at David's hand), and that we only see her in flashbacks.

And while we're at it, where is James Franco?

It looks a lot like the original Alien


Overall, this looks a lot more like the original two movies, and not just because the plot is basically "alien gets onto ship through infected person" + "crew gets trapped on an alien-infested planet and fights their way off," or because Daniels is clearly supposed to be the new Ripley. It looks much more like a traditional horror movie, and from the couple of scenes we saw that are clearly supposed to scare the sh*t out of you, they seem to do their job, particularly the shower scene, which is already destined to be infamous.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.
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