Perhaps it’s best to avoid this one if you want to enter Alien: Covenant with as little knowledge as possible.
A Vietnamese TV spot for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien prequel/Prometheus sequel has dropped some new bits of footage, some of which sheds some spoilerish light on a sequence involving David (Michael Fassbender). It’s a moment that’s been teased at and talked about from an early-footage screening showcased at CinemaCon. Basically, it’s a big connection between Prometheus and Covenant.
First of all, how awesome is that close-up of the Xenomorph?
Secondly, David’s a jerk…
Yes, that’s the android looking down from the spaceship that he and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) were in at the end of Prometheus. There’s no sign of Shaw, but here’s David, now with a body, about to rain down chaos on countless Engineers.
The folks over at The Playlist were at that aforementioned early-footage screening, which showed off a much clearer look at this bombing sequence. Here’s how they described it:
“The sneak began with the spacecraft from the last film arriving at the Engineers’ home world. Surprised, startled or curious about this ship’s arrival, hundreds of Engineers have gathered in what looks like a Roman or Greek coliseum for the ship to dock. As the Engineers look on, the base of the ship opens and we find David walking on a deck. He looks ragged, but fully operational in a complete body. Then, as the Engineer population looks on, a mass of black bombs fall from David’s ship. The crowd panics and tries to escape the arena but the bombs quickly explode and douse them with a black ooze that is sickeningly familiar. The Engineers are quickly transformed into hundreds (or would that be thousands?) of alien creatures as David watches from above satisfied with his…revenge?
We then jump to “present day” where David’s voice-over (or is it younger model Walter’s voice?) describes how man believed they are gods and are leaving their planet seeking paradise in the stars. Walter (Fassbender) has no intention of letting that happen.”
So, is David really behind all of this? Does Walter, Fassbender’s new android in Covenant, also harbour a plan to annihilate humans? All will be much clearer when Alien: Covenant, also starring Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo and James Franco, among others, arrives in Australia on May 18 and opens in the US on May 19.
Official synopsis for Alien: Covenant:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.