Our good friends over at AVP Galaxy have picked-up on a BBC Radio 2 interview with Michael Fassbender name dropping the new xenomorphs in Alien: Covenant.
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Here’s what AVP Galaxy had to say.
In a recent interview with Mark Goodier on BBC Radio 2, Michael Fassbender accidently let slip the name Neomorph while referring to the Alien from the original film. Beware following spoilers! Alien vs. Predator Galaxy can exclusively confirm that Neomorph is actually the name that the crew working on Alien: Covenant used for a brand new variation of the Alien encountered in the film.
These Aliens are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the accelerant/black goo. Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed.
These spores infect several members of the Covenant crew by entering the body through the ear and nostrils. The spores cause the growth of the Neomorphs inside the infected hosts – something that is reminiscent of William Gibson’s first draft of Alien 3. One of the Neomorphs bursts from the back of one of the infected crew, a “backburster”. The other crewmember’s Neomorph erupts through their throat.
The births are preceded by the eruption of two small dorsal spikes. These spikes and a pointed skull are also used to break out of an embryonic sack (similar to the Deacon in Prometheus). The Neomorph resembles some of the older concept art of the proto-Aliens from Prometheus (see below), specifically the white colouration, with a pointed head and two dorsal spines. Upon birth, the Neomorphs move on all fours similar to the Bambi-burster from Alien 3.
When they mature, they grow significantly larger and walk on their back legs. They were more animal-like in behaviour with fang-like teeth. Unlike the earlier Prometheus concepts, the Neomorphs also have tails. In addition, the adult Neomorphs also developed a slightly translucent appearance (harkening back to unused concepts from Alien and Prometheus) as previously rumored.
This sounds like the Neomorphs will be taking cues from the unused Alien Vs. Predator film from the 90s, as the script had multiple xenomorphs having animals on that planet as their hosts.
This was first explored in Alien 3 (dog or ox depending on cut) and then a variation with the black goo in Prometheus via the worms.
It’ll be interesting to see what the variant of these new creatures will look like.
As filming took place in both New Zealand and Australia, we are expecting a more lush planet than we’ve seen previously in the franchise. It all depends on if the Covenant crew is landing on the Engineer planet Paradise, as set photos have suggested.
SOURCE: BBC RADIO 2