Following the lukewarm response to Prometheus in 2012, the Alien franchise is aiming to win back hearts with the next entry in the series, Alien: Covenant. As an early Thanksgiving treat, 20th Century Fox just released the first poster for the blockbuster, and it's making sure fans know that like previous installments, it will be a terrifying ordeal.
Fox released the first Alien: Covenant poster on its social media pages earlier today, and like most first posters for a movie, it has a simple look. As you can see above, a green tinted version of one of those killer extraterrestrials looks ready to attack, and there's a simple word displayed above: "Run." Good advice to consider when you run into that thing. Although that creature looks like one of the classic Xenomorphs, Michael Fassbender revealed last month that the main creatures in the movies will be called Neomorphs. Unless Alien: Covenant is using a Xenomorph to get those nostalgia juices flowing, it looks like we can expect to see at least one Xenomorph present in the prequel, helping connect the story back to the earlier movies.
The freaky image of one of the eponymous creatures isn't the only goodie this poster provided. At the bottom, the release date is listed as May 19. Alien: Covenant was supposed to come out on August 4, 2017 (and before that, October 6 of the same year), but now it's confirmed that the release has been moved up almost three months. This shift will put it in competition with Annabelle 2 and Baywatch, among others, on that opening weekend.
Now that there's only six months until Alien: Covenant's release rather than nine, we can't help but wonder if this means that a trailer will arrive soon. Next month will see the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers and Assassin's Creed, all movies that would fit as the feature to come with the first Alien: Covenant preview. Assassin's Creed would especially make sense because it also hails from 20th Century Fox. If the studio wants to prep moviegoers for Alien: Covenant, December would be the best time to launch the first trailer.
Alien: Covenant will follow the crew of a colony ship that's been sent to a planet on the far side of the galaxy that they believe to be an "uncharted paradise." Little do they know of the horrors that await them below. The cast includes Katherine Waterston as Daniels, Danny McBride as the ship's pilot, Guy Peace as Peter Weyland, Michael Fassbender as David (the same android from Prometheus) and Walter, Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir and more.
Let us know what you think of Alien: Covenant's first poster in the comments below. And to reiterate, the blockbuster is now set to hit theaters on May 19, 2017.