The Prometheus Plot Thread That May Play Into Future Alien Movies

Prometheus Charlie Elizabeth David Exploring

Out of all of the unanswered questions Prometheus has left in its wake, there's one important one that is still unanswered, and waiting for resolution: what happened between Elizabeth Shaw and David before the events of Alien: Covenant. While we've seen her eventual fate spelled out on screen, there's still some interesting to be made with those events, and Prometheus co-writer/enfant terrible of the sci-fi world, Damon Lindelof, seems to think that question could still be answered. You can see it in his recent remarks, as he said the following in an interview:

I think that one of the conversations that we had at the end of Prometheus is, Shaw and David have basically locked in on the coordinates of the planet where the Engineers came from. What does that place look like? Ridley called it 'Paradise'. What happens when they land on that planet?

That line of thought isn't totally unexplored, as the prequel short "The Passage" explored the relationship between David and Elizabeth in a quick, abbreviated fashion. Not to mention, Alien: Covenant largely infers the course of events that lead to David luring Elizabeth into becoming a human host for one of, it not multiple, beasties bred through the nefarious android's experiments in xenobiology. Also, depending on where you get your information, the planet in Alien: Covenant is named "Paradise." But as Damon Lindelof continues to explain in his interview with Collider, that gap could still hold some sway in the Alien franchise's future. He added:

It doesn't feel like they've gotten there yet in Covenant, Covenant felt like it maybe was a detour prior to them arriving at the place of origin so I don't want to spoil any place that he might still be wanting to go, but the conversations that he and I had about where the story goes next were largely about the place where the Engineers were from and less the events of Covenant.

Lindelof's remarks about the post-Prometheus/pre-Covenant discussions he had with Ridley Scott seem like they're still as fresh as ever, leaving us to wonder if the man who helped bring the new age of the Alien series into being may be up for returning for some extra innings. With Scott making remarks that signal a film between the most recent entries could be in the works, and an undetermined number of sequels on deck in the wake of the film's more modest performance, anything could happen at this point.

Wherever Ridley Scott goes with his Alien movies, there are obviously answers that the fans now demand from the thematic can of worms he's opened with the work he's done since 2012. Whether he'll be able to satisfactorily answer those questions is up to the public to decide, but at the very least, there's someone like Damon Lindelof to keep him honest. For now, Alien: Covenant is still in theaters now, in case you need another viewing to wrap your head around its role in the mythos.

Mike Reyes
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