Alien: Covenant Image Teases A Return For Aliens’ Colonial Marines

One of the best things about James Cameron’s 1986 sequel could feature in the new film.

Alien Xenomorph
The classic Xeno If you thought the aliens were bad Image Picture 20th Century Fox

It’s almost exactly five months until Alien: Covenant arrives in cinemas and in the meantime the makers of the upcoming chapter in the ever-expanding Xenomorph saga are teasing at what could be in store.

A fresh image from the film has sparked rumours of a potential comeback of sorts for one rag-tag bunch of alien hunters.

1986’s Aliens was a superb follow-up to the Ridley Scott original, helped in no small part by the addition of a group of badass colonial marines alongside Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley whom provided plenty in the way of laughs and action as well as a few gruesome deaths besides.

And from the looks of it, a similar array of characters could be on the case in Covenant.

Colonial Marines In Alien Covenant? Image 20th Century Fo

While no one is expecting any of those same marines to make an appearance in Covent – the likes of Hicks, Hudson and Vasquez were all killed off after all – the newly-released image does depict a group of very space marine-looking dudes on a bug hunt.

Whether that ends up being true remains to be seen, with the official synopsis released for the film offering up little in the way of clues:

“Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”

Boasting a cast that includes Prometheus survivors Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace along with new faces Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, James Franco and Danny McBridge among others, the first full-length trailer for the film landed late last year.

Fans will have to wait a little longer for the full-length edition though, with a release date of May 19 in place.

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