What does and doesn't constitute as canon to the Alien franchise has long been a subject of heated debate among Alien and Predator fans for many, many years. With the release of 2004's AVP and 2007's AVP: Requiem it seemed as though studio 20th Century Fox had merged two of their leading science fiction franchises into one cinematic universe, years before 2008's Iron Man kicked off the much coveted MCU. Yet accompanying the release of 2012's Prometheus, Sir Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to the Alien franchise, the promotional website Weyland Industries retconned the AvP movies from the canon by having Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce, pictured below) as the founder of Weyland Corp, as opposed to having AVP's Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) as the founder of Weyland Industries.
Ultimately many fans heralded the removal of the crossover movies from the canon of the Alien franchise, along with Scott's return to the franchise he helped create almost 40 years ago, regardless of the divisive opinions the movie has since accumulated. Prometheus, in part from the controversy over its overtly ambiguous narrative, has reinvigorated interest in the Alien Franchise as can be seen from the release of its sequel Alien: Covenant, due to hit theaters this may.
To build up interest in the forthcoming movie studio 20th Century Fox has released, and continue to update the viral website found at www.AlienMovies.com, which features a MU/TH/UR 6000 interface identical to that seen in 1979's legendary science fiction horror movie Alien. Since its release fans have been querying the interface looking for clues in relation to the forthcoming Alien: Covenant movie and the franchise as a whole, with some such queries suggesting that LV-426 was a "test planet", and that the Alien creature has been classified as the "Xenomorph XX121".
Interestingly some fans have discovered that when querying the interface with the keyword Predator the interface replies "Security Clearance Insufficient", and again if queried with the keyword Yautja (the Predator species name from the Dark Horse comics) the MU/TH/UR interface replies with "Classified Data". With the interface site presumably the property of 20th Century Fox, and with almost every Hollywood studio eager to emulate the phenomenal success of Marvel Studios MCU, this seems to suggest that the alien hunter antagonist from the Predator movies may now once again share its canon with the Alien franchise, which could by extension suggest that the two AVP movies are also included within said canon; a possibility sure to anger fans already mad at 20th Century Fox for seemingly abandoning Neill Blomkamp's vision for an Alien sequel that would see fan favorites Ripley, Hicks and Newt given the exit from the franchise they deserve.
Some fans have alluded that the MU/TH/UR interface responses may be sourced from the Wikia site Xenopedia, which could explain the inclusion of the Predator/Yautja in the interfaces database, but that said these keywords will have been intentionally programmed into the interface, which is being used by Fox to promote Alien: Covenant. So either their inclusion is intended to spark controversy or to suggest either the re-inclusion or possible reintroduction of the Predator into the Alien franchise, with either the AVP movies once again being considered canon, or suggesting that Fox intends to reboot/remake the crossover movie.
What do you all think about the possibility of the Aliens and Predators existing officially in one cinematic universe and the possibility of more AVP movies to follow Alien: Covenant and the forthcoming The Predator, which is also due to soon begin filming in Vancouver, Canada.
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