How the A.I. David from Prometheus creates the Xenomorph that the Nostromo encounters

15 March 2023
The character of David, an A.I. synthetic robot, plays a central role in the "Prometheus" and "Covenant" films, where he goes rogue from his programming and intentionally creates xenomorph creatures.

He's brilliantly evil as we expect from any decent AI character in a sci fi film these days...

This sets the stage for the events that occur in the film "Alien," where Ellen Ripley and the Nostromo crew eventually come into contact with a xenomorph.

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In the "Prometheus" film, David is tasked with assisting a group of human scientists in their search for the origins of humanity. 

However, David's true intentions are revealed when he creates a xenomorph creature by infecting a human with a parasitic organism. In the subsequent "Covenant" film, David continues to create xenomorphs by experimenting on the colonists of a new planet.

The events of the "Prometheus" and "Covenant" films take place before the events of the original "Alien" film. 

The timeline is as follows:

  • In "Prometheus," a team of human scientists travels to a distant planet in the year 2093.
  • In "Covenant," a new group of colonists travels to a different planet in the year 2104.
  • The events of "Alien" take place in the year 2122, when the crew of the Nostromo encounters a xenomorph creature.

In "Alien," Ripley and her crew are awakened from cryosleep to investigate a distress signal coming from a nearby planet, LV-426. Upon landing on the planet, they discover a derelict spaceship and the remains of an alien creature, known to fans as the Space Jockey, or Engineer. 

An alien attacks and attaches itself to the face of Kane. This ultimately results in the birth of the xenomorph, which proceeds to kill off the crew one by one.

It is later revealed that the derelict spaceship and the xenomorph were part of a plot by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation to obtain a specimen of the alien creature for study and weaponization. This plot was set in motion by David, who had been sent on the mission to the distant planet in "Prometheus" by Weyland-Yutani's founder, Peter Weyland.

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You might then be wondering how did xenomorphs get from LV-223 to LV426?

The answers are all speculative, there is no definitive in-film explanation. 

There are two interesting theories about the origin of the xenomorphs on LV-426, and the exact timeline of events is somewhat unclear.

If we assume that the Engineer (Space Jockey) aboard the derelict ship in "Alien" had been dead for a long time, possibly even centuries, then it is likely that the xenomorphs aboard the ship had been created by the Engineers long before David even existed. The Engineers may have discovered the xenomorphs through experimentation with the mutagen and combining it with different life forms. In this case, David would have essentially recreated a process that had already been mastered by the Engineers, using some parts from Elizabeth Shaw's body and possibly other materials to create the xenomorph eggs that the crew of the Nostromo discovers.

On the other hand, if we assume that the derelict ship had crashed on LV-426 more recently, after the events of "Prometheus" and "Alien: Covenant," then it is possible that David was the first to create the xenomorphs. 

His version of the xenomorph differs somewhat from the classic alien xenomorph, but it is possible that he used his experimentation with the black mutagen to create the first xenomorph. In this case, it is possible that David or the Weyland-Yutani Corporation played a role in transporting the xenomorph eggs to LV-426, either intentionally or inadvertently.

Regardless of which theory is correct, it is clear that the events of "Prometheus" and "Alien: Covenant" provide important backstory and context for the origin of the xenomorphs, and help to fill in some of the gaps in the timeline leading up to the events of  Alien.


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