While “Prometheus” wasn’t anywhere near as much an “Alien” prequel as expected, filmmaker Ridley Scott is course correcting that with the upcoming “Alien: Covenant”.
The iconic Aliens, known as the Xenomorphs, didn’t appear in “Prometheus” aside from a very different looking proto-version seen at the very end. Set photos from ‘Covenant’ have confirmed that something like the more regular “Alien” xenomorphs will be in “Alien: Covenant” and appearing in a radio interview with BBC Radio, Michael Fassbender says they even have a name – Neomorphs.
In addition, fan site AVPGalaxy has also revealed some of what they claim are official details about how the Neomorphs factor into the movie. If true, these descriptions are very spoiler heavy so you have been warned:
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“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 first draft of Alien 3.
One of the Neomorphs bursts from the back of one of the infected crew, a “backburster”. The other crew member’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 (see below), 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.
When they mature, they grow significantly larger and walk on their back legs. They were more animal-like in behaviour with fang-like teeth. Unlike the earlier Prometheus concepts, the Neomorphs also have tails. In addition, the adult Neomorphs also developed a slightly translucent appearance (harkening back to unused concepts from Alien and Prometheus) as previously rumored.”
“Alien: Covenant” is set for release on August 4th 2017.