Xenomorphs Get a New Name in ALIEN: COVENANT, Plus Rumored Details on How They're Born
Some new information about the aliens in Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant have been revealed, and if you're a fan of the franchise, you'll probably want to read this. However, there is some possible spoiler-filled information here. During an interview with BBC Radio 2, Michael Fassbender let it slip that the Xenomorphs will have a new name in the film, AVP Galaxy has also offered some possible information about this new form of alien and how they are born. This is just rumored information for now, but if you want to know what it is, then by all means, read ahead.
It's been confirmed that the new alien species in the film's story will be called Neomorphs, and here's the breakdown of how they are born according to the report:
"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 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 (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."
This should be some pretty fun and gruesome stuff to see in the movie! Again, there's no word on if this is true or not, but it would be pretty cool if it were. These new aliens were previously talked about in a separate rumor that revealed the following:
“The movie will have 2 Monsters, one is new and both are different yet similar to the Xeno DNA. The NEW Monster is a New Event, so it’s nothing created before the Events of the end of the First movie.... it's created by an event in the movie... and this New Monster is going to be based off of the Original Concept that Alien drew influence from, and this idea is something they had planned with Spaights’ Ultramorph and so Gigers Necomonicon 4 is the starting point. This Monster will be transparent like a Jelly Fish to a degree.... and it’s hinted that David plays a part in its creation."
There are a lot of cool details and rumors that we've heard about the film that you can read here if you want. Regardless of if this is all true or not, I'm still excited to see what Scott has done with this next chapter in his Alien mythology. Alien: Covenant comes out on August 4th, 2017.