Alien: Covenant just revealed the true origin of the xenomorphs, and it's not what we expected (SPOILERS)

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Apr 27, 2017, 1:43 PM EDT (Updated)

If you were wondering how Alien: Covenant would connect to Prometheus, some preview footage screened at SXSW has provided what looks to be a major reveal. Like, we're talking monumental in regard to the Alien lore.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS ahead for Alien: Covenant!

The Verge has a report from the screening, which featured approximately 20 minutes of footage from the film. One of the scenes focuses on Michael Fassbender's android character David (who certainly seems to be the same android from Prometheus, and goes by the same name) as Billy Crudup's character visits David's "personal workshop of biological terrors." He exposits that he's been studying the creatures he encountered during the events of Prometheus — to the point that he's actually been experimenting and genetically engineering different breeds.

As if that wasn't clear enough, the scene leads to a chamber with eggs that "look identical" to the ones in the original Alien.

Put simply: The android David apparently created the xenomorphs, which were engineered from the earlier versions that menaced the crew of Prometheus. It wasn't nature. It wasn't an accident. It wasn't the work of an advanced alien civilization. It was David.

Of course, there's always a chance this scene could be taken out of context when put in the framework of the entire film (though it certainly sounds clear by the coverage). What do you think? Do you like the way Ridley Scott has answered the decades-old question?

(via The Verge)