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Everything You Need To Know About the ‘Alien: Covenant’ Neomorphs

In Alien: Covenant, we will meet a new breed of movie monster.

Back in 2012, Ridley Scott expanded upon the Alien universe with Prometheus, a prequel to the 1979 classic that introduced a handful of new creatures. We met the Hammerpede, the Trilobite and, at the very end of the film, the “proto-Xenomorph” known as Deacon, and we’re set to meet more new monsters in next year’s Alien: Covenant. But what the hell are these so-called “Neomorphs” that we keep hearing about? And what can we expect them to look like?

It was Michael Fassbender who revealed the name earlier this year, and from what we were told, a Neomorph would be featured in the film alongside a traditional Xenomorph. Now that the Alien: Covenant trailer has finally been released, we can indeed confirm that Scott is returning to his roots by bringing back both the Face Hugger and a classic Xenomorph like the one we first met back in 1979. What we don’t see in the trailer, however, is a Neomorph. But we do get a glimpse of how it comes to be. And it doesn’t emerge from someone’s chest, but rather someone’s back.

Our main source of information about the Neomorphs is the website AvP Galaxy, which got the exclusive scoop on the new creatures back in October of this year. At the time, it was impossible to tell whether or not the information was correct, but now that we’ve seen the Alien: Covenant trailer, it’s clear that it was. So here’s what they wrote about the Neomorphs back in October, along with screen-grabs from the trailer that prove the information to be spot-on…


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 behavior 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.

Face Huggers, Xenomorphs, and Neomorphs… oh my. Cannot wait.

Michael Fassbender returns as the android David, as well as Walter, while Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Jobs, The Babysitters) heads the new crew with Demian Bichir and Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”), as well as Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills). James Franco is also confirmed to be among them all.

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.

Alien: Covenant takes off for Paradise on May 19, 2017.




  • J Jett

    that’s pretty awesome!

  • DJV1985

    Looking forward to this. I enjoyed Prometheus but I do think they were heading in the direction of the Ancient Alien theory rather than trying to make a prequel to the original Alien film. Maybe they should’ve decided which one but yh I enjoyed that and will be watching this.

  • J Jett

    John you can see the Neomorph in the red band trailer!! it’s about the size of a large-ish dog and it is indeed white-ish colored. it’s from the scene where Amy Seimetz’s character fires a grenade (or whatever) at it as seen in this pic…

    • Awesome! Thanks for coming through with the scoop. It looks to be a creepy little thing, huh?

      • J Jett

        no problem, Zach! yeah, it looks freaky! it reminds me of the dog-like alien we see in ALIEN 3.

  • J Jett

    here’s another (professional) pic of the Neomorphs(?)…

    • Munchie


  • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

    So… they are not using their helmets again… Oh boy… This one is going to suck just like Promeheus. Get ready for more snake petting.

    • L’Obasso

      Sure it will. In the first Alien, they are looking for Kayne’s facehugger without any sort of facial protection. Also, they compromise quarantine just to get an infected person on board. Surely, that movie also sucks. In horror movies, characters often act irrationally, it’s a plot device. Get over it.

      • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

        They are not alone in the room. They don’t compromise quarantine. Ash opens the door deliberately because he wants the alien inside, following orders from the company. I’m amazed you didn’t realize that. You want Alien to suck so you can like Covenant without feeling guilty for enjoying such a stupid movie. “Oh it’s ok. Alien was also dumb, you know…”

        • Andrew Flynn

          Ash did let them in but everyone besides Ripley was screaming for the same result

          • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

            That’s why they all died and Ripley survived. Ash, as the medic on board, would have done the same if he wasn’t who he was. Besides the whole team was outside of the ship with Kane and the unknown organism so they were asking to open the door for their sake as well. Any1 would have done the same. Self preservation. Prometheus is just stupidity. Elizabeth Shaw should have died as well because she is an idiot just like the rest of her crew. “Oh! Look! A dead alien body. The evidence of alien intelligent life. The discovery of the century… I’m too afraid of a 2000 y/o dead body… let me go back to the ship because I’m OMG! An alien snake alive and clearly showing signs of agressivity! Let me hug it!”. Please… that’s just stupid… You don’t see people mocking Prometheus so much for nothing. It takes stupidity to a new level.

        • L’Obasso

          You’re right about the quarantine, I haven’t seen it in a while. Still, my comment about no facial protection still stands, they have no idea whether the thing has any pathogens on it. I don’t want Alien to suck, obviously. But claiming that a movie does suck because characters act irrationally is complete nonsense. I have no reason to feel guilty for enjoying a “stupid” movie, if I want rational decisions, I’ll go and read russian realists.

          • Reddy

            Wrong. If characters act stupidly then the film ceases to be believable and is completely undermined. It’s called a plot hole and Prometheus is like swiss cheese. Also, if a movie is intended to daft, that’s fine, but if it takes itself seriously like Prometheus does, then it has to be believable. Oh and since you seem like someone with a double digit IQ, i’ll remind you that being believable and being realistic are two different things.

          • L’Obasso

            I absolutely don’t understand why people claim that characters acting stupidly makes a film less believable. People act stupid all the time, that’s why accidents happen in real life, people on oil rigs don’t care to fasten their safety harnesses, they drive drunk, and consequently, they die. These are no more, no less irresponsible than taking your helmet off in an area deemed perfectly safe by a huge-ass array of sensors for instance. Also, insulting someone’s IQ over a difference in opinion is quite an asshat thing to do, and people less patient then me might tell you to suck their balls, so you might want to take greater care. That being said, I do not share your semantic intuition about “realistic” and “believable”. Unless you are one of those people who only use the word “realistic” in the context of the visuals of a movie, in which case they do differ in meaning.

        • James

          Yes Ash does. Breaking quarantine. Just like they said.

    • Red Right Return

      Don’t be such a freaking buzzkill. OK, you didn’t like Prometheus, but quit shitting on this film. At least wait until it comes out and see it before being an asshat.

    • Michael Gevins

      It’s basically Passengers if they actually made it to their new home.

    • SubSumeYou

      Ridley Scott changes what’s going on with these stories he’s trying to sort out.

      This is now a colony ship that has been purposely diverted to this planet by Weyland-Yutani to have the crew experimented on.

      • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

        It still makes them dumb for not wearing their helmets. Just like the Prometheus crew. A bunch of idiots.

    • Reddy

      If anything it’s going to be worse and further ruin everything Alien.

  • Jarmo Luukka

    Let,s see. Can,t wait.

  • Michael Gevins

    So this takes place before or after Prometheus? Cause David was a head in a duffle bag, and if after, what happened to the lone survivor?

    • J Jett

      apparently it’s not David per se but “Walter” another synth.

      • Michael Gevins

        All synths must die Ad Victorium!

        • Gildeneye

          Looool!! <3
          For the Brotherhood!!


          That’s exactly what a dirty Synth would say.

    • tigerija

      Prometheus just caused confusion… Too much random stuff happening in there that wasnt explained. And now it never will be it seems. They are just adding more new stuff with this new movie that is probably continuation but its also just more new stuff on top of more new stuff that doesnt relate much. We’ll see.

    • tanyaleigh

      Dr Shaw will be in it as well

  • Baron Von Marlon

    Thank for the spoiler in the title of the article!!!

    Guess I’ll just have to stay away from movie sites until I’ve seen Covenant.

  • Bla Blah

    I literally don’t even know what this franchise even is anymore….is this the future? Or the past? I’m literally so confused… ive never seen any alien films outside of AvP

    • Daniel Anderson

      Alien and Aliens were amazing films. Alien 3 was alright, alien Resurrection was a bust. Predator was amazing, predator 2 and predators were fun. AvP films didn’t do either alien or predator justice.

      Prometheus took place long before Alien and is supposedly when Weyland Yutani (major corporation that plays into the Alien universe) found out about the Xenomorph. I believe covenant is another prequel to Alien, however I’m not entirely sure just yet.

      • PrinceMundo

        Convenant is a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to Alien…it bridges the gap

      • tigerija

        I had fun with Alien 4. Crew cast saved it for me. It would have been terrible for me if he got some teenagers with over the top makeup… It was a long time since I seen Alien 3. But I think it was scary at the time.
        Alien is good, but not that rewatchable for me. I find it very boring now. Aliens is best one for me.

        • Daniel Anderson

          I really enjoyed the military aspect of Aliens, and its not like the aliens were any less deadly. Something about trained military personnel against overwhelming odds from a ferocious beast, one of the reasons I loved starship troopers as well. Alien 3 would’ve been an alright end to the series, if 4 never happened.

          Alien 4, as a kid I loved it cause it was aliens. Became big fans of Ron Perlman and was great to see Ripley, but it was much to different and the feel wasn’t the same. Not enough xenomorphs, IMO. Can’t wait to see what Blomkamp has in store.

          • tigerija

            Blomkamp might make something closer to Aliens + Alien 4. I mean, more on action/sf side. And we will see if he will ever even get chance to make it. He had it after District 9 but then he started experimenting too soon after Elysium and made some not so great movies, and Ridley made Martian movie that gave him credibility after not so great Prometheus. So he will stick to his baby until he makes few terrible ones. Blomkamp will probably make some kind of reboot or his own Alien story. Coz I dont think we will get his alien within next 6 years. Alien 6 comes out next year. I think they might make 1 more if this one wont suck. That might come in 2019 or 2020. If Blom starts then he might get his movie around 2022. Or if this one sucks they might give it a rest something like 5 years instead of giving Blom to do his own movie.
            But I’m always for new Alien movies. Better to get more then none at all.

            And yea. Similar case with Aliens. And I also like Starship Throopers. I think remake is in works or talk.

          • Daniel Anderson

            Starship troopers remake in the works and is supposedly much closer to the books which focuses more on mech type units that we saw a glimpse of in STRSHPTRPR 3. Blomkamps alien is supposed to be directly after aliens as if Alien 3 and 4 never happened and is slated to begin after Alien: Covenant is out. Personally I’m hoping they bring in a Berserker, from the comic book Aliens: Berserker, for a test drive as that thing should be pretty badass on a big screen.

            I’d honestly love a reboot of AvP with a completely different storyline much to the tune of either the video games or comic books.

    • You should really, REALLY do yourself a favor & go watch all the originals.

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      I never considered it a franchise
      I would be a ridiculous affair just to try and justify Ripley fighting these things over and over again across the universe

      I just consider it a bunch of individual movies in a similar genre, like a zombie flick And all of them suck except the first one
      Although I understand why action fans prefer the second one

      • Reddy

        Actually the original 4 are all very good films.

        • Squirrelpool


    • tigerija

      I think its best if you simply see it as a remake. You can watch other alien movies (AvP movies are not that good) but you should not try too hard to connect them because Prometheus didnt do good work.

    • tanyaleigh

      Watch Prometheus three times in a row, then spend a week reading all the websites explaining the movie as you possibly can. Join new Alien Covenant discussion groups/boards asking many many questions . Also watch the original Alien 1979. That’s what I did….

  • The conspiractor

    Look up the Fire and Stone comics if you can. There’s 5 (I think..) of them, and they are set before, during, and after Prometheus with humans, xenomorphs, and predators, androids and a lot of other creepy crawlies.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    So ridley scotts next bright idea is to have the spores released by “scientists” clomping around stepping on things? Without helmets on?
    I’m seeing another idiot plot on the way

    He shoud have just called this prometheus 2,
    but I guess that wouldn’t be a direct enough smear on Alien

  • fjordprefect

    I’m boggled at the number of people on this board that have no idea what the movie is about, when for months it’s been blatantly said to be a continuation of the Prometheus story.

  • SubSumeYou

    Yeah, wouldn’t Walter advise not to do that?!?

  • SubSumeYou

    Wrong. David is under the directive of Weyland.

  • tanyaleigh

    David is so evil, poisoning Charlie, trying to stop Dr Shaw from aborting that squid , his disloyalty to his creator, and who knows what else.


      While what he does is evil from our point of view and absolutely unethical.

      David is sentient but he was programmed to follow peter wetlands orders orders he can’t disobey even if he wanted to.

      David is basically peter’s son but peter was as abusive to David as he was to his daughter.

      I guess what iam trying to say is that David never stood a chance at being good with the environment he was brought up in maybe being in isolation at something to do with it as well I don’t know.

      But I definitely wouldn’t want to be the only one awake on a ship for five years by my self.

      But in any case with peter weyland dead so is Davids only source of control so we can expect him to be doing all kinds of evil and unethical experiments.

      Good thing peter didn’t have twin Davids.

      • tanyaleigh

        Enter Walter. Hopefully he’s more ethical !

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