Alien: Covenant is the sequel to Prometheus. It’s also a prequel to Alien. And since the film looks much more like the latter than the former, there are questions as to how we got from Prometheus to Covenant. Well, wonder no more, as a new prologue video has just been released by 20th Century Fox that shows what happened after the credits rolled on Prometheus.
The video, called “The Crossing,” packs a lot into its 2 minute 40 second runtime. It stars Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender as the android David, both reprising their roles from Prometheus, and shows them journeying to the Engineers’ planet in the Engineers’ ship. After Shaw repairs David, she enters cryosleep while David remains awake for the lengthy journey, allowing him the time to absorb a dangerous amount of knowledge about the Engineers’ technology. They eventually make it to the planet with a very dramatic entrance, allowing David to creepily recite a section of the Percy Bysshe Shelley poem Ozymandias: “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair,” as he looks to be readying to drop canisters full of that nasty bio goo from Prometheus. The leading theory now is that David’s actions here transform the planet into the Xenomorph-filled hellscape it is when the Covenant crew arrives. You can check out the video for yourself below and draw your own conclusions.
You might recognize the closing scenes of this video from the trio of images that were released from Alien: Covenant last week. It gives us pretty solid proof that, after learning of the Engineer’s activities, David sees fit to drop the alien pods on their home planet. Clearly, David is on something of a rampage, but it remains to be seen what the implications of these angry android antics are for the crew of the Covenant. Thankfully, there’s not much longer to wait because Alien: Covenant opens in theaters on May 19.