Alien: Covenant may very well feature a battle between two Alien species, the iconic Xenomorph and the new, spore-spawn Neomorph! Before we get into the details concerning this possibility, let it be known that without confirmation the following information must be treated as rumor. However, if the rumor turns out to be true, this could classify as a minor spoiler. If you don't mind minor spoilers, feel free to keep reading...
The Rumor: A Xenomorph attacks a Neomorph
We have been informed of a potential scene in Alien: Covenant, one that takes place roughly 3/4 way into the film. It involves Daniels and Walter attempting to escape the surface of Paradise - the planet the USCS Covenant is diverted to upon discovering a signal left by a Weyland android - David. The events which unfold prior to this scene involve a lot of chest bursting apparently, but for the sake of surprises, we won't divulge any more just in case this turns out to be true.
Upon reaching a rescue shuttle, adult Neomorphs, which stand roughly 7-feet tall, flock to the ship, chasing Daniels. As they swarm, one is attacked by another alien - the Xenomorph.
Apparently the battle is not drawn out, or focused on that much, but gives us the impression that the Xenomorph is significantly more powerful than the Neomorph and does indeed kill it.
The details of the battle were not given and suggest the Xenomoph is barely visible when it attacks the Neomorph, but enough to differentiate the two from one another.
Likelihood of it being true?
Considering that we know there will be plenty of Neomorphs in Alien: Covenant, as well as at least one Xenomorph / Protomorph, we can assume the two would not get along very well. They come from different lineages of the Black-Goo DNA, they require the same hosts to produce offspring and they're both hostile organisms. If placed in close proximity to one another, the chances of them attacking each other, if not to compete for hosts, but for at least survival, are pretty high.
Theory / Speculation
The Neomorphs are a result of an altered environment, by intervention of Black Goo. The Neomorphs are natural Aliens, having evolved through natural process after the Black Goo was exposed to the native ecosystem.
The Xenomorph is a tampered organism - it's been engineered to specifically target Humans. The Facehugger, its size, the manner in which it deposits its embryo - it was a Human / Engineer killing machine.
The Xenomorph could have been constructed using the Neomorph DNA as a basis to work from. Yes, I am referring to David and his busy time on Paradise. It is possible that David does indeed create the Xenomorph by accelerating and manipulating the existing Neomorph DNA, until it is finely tuned enough to sustain itself indefinitely.
Whether or not this rumor turns out to be true, the prospect of Aliens fighting each other would make for some enjoyable cinema. In Jon Spaihts' original Alien: Engineers script, the Engineer did battle Xenomorphs, but that was eventually cut when the film evolved into Prometheus.
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