Some shocking news has just come out of the annual theater owners event in Las Vegas, CinemaCon, and it's pretty juicy indeed.
WARNING: SPOILERY TERRITORY AHEAD!
We already know that Ridley Scott's planned Prometheus trilogy intends to bring us in through the back door and tie in to his 1979 masterwork, Alien, but we weren't exactly clear yet on precisely how that will be accomplished and how some of the lingering questions in Prometheus would be answered. It's already been revealed who might have engineered the vicious xenomorphs, with the main culprit being the mad scientist android, David (Michael Fassbender), meddling with Engineer bio-technology and canisters of black goo.
The Verge writer Bryan Bishop (likely no relation to the futuristic android) was on hand at SXSW earlier this month when that intriguing clip was shown, exposing the true devil behind a mask of synthetic nano-flesh.
Michael Fassbender’s android David (he’s definitely the same character from Prometheus in this scene, as he’s called David by name) walks Billy Crudup’s character through his personal workshop of biological terrors. He shows off different mutations of the creatures, explaining that he has been trying to understand the aliens that were discovered in Prometheus, going so far as to genetically engineer new versions — a process that’s been waiting for one final puzzle piece to complete.
That’s when David takes him into a small chamber filled with four eggs that look identical to the ones seen in the original Alien. The final puzzle piece, David says, is “mother” — a waiting host — and Crudup’s character is lined up for the honor. The dots are easy to connect: the alien as audiences saw it in 1979 wasn’t the result of evolution or natural selection. Instead, it was the result of an android intentionally breeding the most dangerous, lethal creature possible.
Now, footage shown at Fox's CinemaCon Panel on Thursday is connecting more major dots to the events of Prometheus and the reasons behind the Engineers' intent on destroying the living inhabitants of Earth. Have the Engineers been getting a bad rap all this time?
Here's a breakdown of the footage from The Wrap, explaining what happens to the hijacked Juggernaut spaceship with Shaw and David aboard once it arrives at the Engineer's homeworld:
It kicks off with one major reveal: the spacecraft that Elizabeth and David boarded at the end of “Prometheus” did indeed make it to its destination. To greet their incoming guests, hundreds of Engineers are seen gathered in the docking area. David, who was nothing but a severed robot head by the end of “Prometheus,” is now fully operational in a complete body, and comes out to observe the crowd from a deck on the ship. It’s then that the ship unspools black bombs that cover the entire civilization in a black ooze that melts their bodies.
“The gods have rejected mankind as cruel, weak and full of greed,” David then says in a voiceover. “They are a dying species, grasping for resurrection. So they are leaving the earth forever.”
He continues, “But their power is an illusion. They don’t deserve to start again, and I’m not going to let them.”
This could be the scene at the temple steps with burnt bodies littered over the area that we've seen in several BTS images, and definitely focuses on the idea of David the evil android playing God with technology and creation. It then follows that the crew of the Covenant inconveniently touches down upon this xenomorph hatchery and must contend with its nasty critters and one extremely deranged robot.
What do you think about these latest revelations, and are you still on board Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant when it invades on May 19?