SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the upcoming film “Alien: Covenant”
Debuting new footage, director Ridley Scott has revealed the connection between his 2012 “Alien” prequel “Prometheus,” and “Alien: Covenant,” the latest film in his long-running franchise that began in 1979.
During the 20th Century Fox presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the director showed off some previously unseen footage that reveals the fate of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the android David (Michael Fassbender), the surviving members of the Prometheus’ crew.
As revealed by The Wrap, the spaceship that the pair boarded at the end of “Prometheus” made it to the Engineers’ homeworld, where its arrival is greeted by hundreds of the planet’s inhabits.
David, whose head has been reattached to a functional robot body, steps out of the ship and watches the demise of the Engineers, as “the ship unspools black bombs that cover the entire civilization in a black ooze that ends their bodies.”
In voiceover, the genocidal David then intones: “The gods have rejected mankind as cruel, weak and full of greed. They are a dying species, grasping for resurrection. So they are leaving the Earth forever. But their power is an illusion. They don’t deserve to start again, and I’m not going to let them.”
The ensuing footage appears to show the “Covenant” and its crew landing on the Engineers’ homeworld years after David has wiped out the planet’s original inhabitants. It also hints that the android is responsible for infesting the planet with the xenomorphs that will terrorize the new arrivals.
Although Rapace is reprising her role as Shaw, she is not shown in the new footage, and we don’t know how she fits into the story. Fassbender, for his part, is playing a dual role, also appearing as Walter, another Android manufactured by Weyland-Yutani Industries, who looks like David, but is part of a different series.
Opening May 19, “Alien: Covenant” stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby.