Ridley Scott presented new footage from Alien: Covenant during the annual Cinemacon Convention in Las Vegas this Thursday. Unlike previous footage, it reveals David's role in the film. A journalist from The Wrap in attendance wrote a description of the trailer, which is repeated below. As the trailer contained many plot reveals, we will give a spoiler warning for these that do not wish to be spoiled. The trailer ran as follows :
The new trailer showed a darkness take down an entire civilization while Michael Fassbender’s character David (who plays both David and Walter, so it could easily be Walter as well — they look very similar) watches from an epic-looking space ship. Throughout the rest of the footage, it becomes clear he won’t let humans start over on a new planet after leaving earth.
“The gods have rejected mankind as cruel, weak and full of greed,” Fassbender says in the trailer. “They are a dying species, grasping for resurrection. So they are leaving the earth forever.”
He continues, “But their power is an illusion. They don’t deserve to start again, and I’m not going to let them.”
The trailer is full of gore as different species (and yes — xenomorphs show up too) take down humans viciously."
A new, fuller description has been revealed via the Playlist. Read at your own risk due to spoilers.
"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."
Needless to say, it appears as if David will be the new villain of the films. It is also apparent that although Shaw has not been hinted at in footage, that David must have either killed or experimented on her before they reached the Engineer Homeworld.
David's experiments have not only destroyed the civilization on the colony planet, but have resulted in the Neo-morphs and the Proto-Xenomorphs. In addition, he is not content with having caused the extinction of one planet, but is clearly intent on destroying humanity as well.
What do you think of David's betrayal of humanity? What other sinister experiments could David have up his sleeve? Alien: Covenant will release on May 19, 2017
The Alien franchise is taking a dramatic turn at 20th Century Studios, now owned by Disney. Currently there are two major Alien projects in development - a new Alien TV series by Noah Hawley and a new, stand-alone Alien movie being directed by Fede Alvarez. Both of which will be taking the franchise in a new direction - moving away from the Alien prequel direction Ridley Scott set out to pursue back in 2012.
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