The xenomorphs of Alien: Covenant won’t be the run of the mill chest-bursters of the Alien universe. Instead, we’re going to see a brand-new variation on the xenomorphs in the upcoming film, called “Neomorphs.”
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 2, Michael Fassbender let slip the word “Neomorph,” and though he was simply misidentifying the Xenomorphs from Alien, the word gave way to speculation and new information about Alien: Covenant’s new breed of alien monsters.
AvPGalaxy confirmed the name of the new aliens, but also provided information on the Neomorphs themselves. And though AvPGalaxy’s sources are little hazy at this point, the insight on the Neomorphs is very specific.
“These Aliens are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the accelerant/black goo,” writes AvPGalaxy. “Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed.”
AvPGalaxy goes on to include information about the role that Neomorph spores will play when it comes to the crew of the Covenant.
“These spores infect several members of the Covenant crew by entering the body through the ear and nostrils … 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.”
Comparing them to the early proto-alien concepts from Prometheus, AvPGalaxy describes the Neomorphs as slightly “translucent” with a massive pointed skull.
We know that Alien: Covenant is going back to explore the origins of the Alien universe as we know it. And though there are certainly familiar elements in the Neomorphs, they’re definitely a fresh and unique variation of the aliens we know so well.
Alien: Covenant arrives in theaters May 19, 2017.Photos via 20th Century Fox