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15 Fan Theories About The 'Alien' Franchise  

Eric Luis
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List Rules Vote up the theories that tie together the convoluted 'Alien' mythology.

Warning: This list contains spoilers for the entire Alien franchise.

Ever since the first chestburster exploded out of Kane and onto the big screen, fans of the Alien franchise have tried desperately to work out the mysteries of Xenomorph mythology. The six features in the Alien saga (eight if you include the less-than-stellar Alien vs. Predator films) have each expanded the lore in new and unexpected ways. Even with 40 years' worth of films to draw from, a lot of nagging questions about the franchise remain. Why did the Engineers create the Xenomorphs? Why is Ripley so important? And what's with David's flute fascination?

We may never learn the answers to these questions, but that hasn't stopped the internet from trying. Dozens of fan theories exist on the web that aim to tie the films together in a more cohesive way. Many are completely ridiculous, but others genuinely make the films better. Only you can choose which fan theories are essential to the franchise - and which should be thrown out the airlock for good.

The Engineers David Wipes Out In 'Covenant' Aren't Really Engineers
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Photo:  Alien: Covenant/20th Century Fox

In Alien: Covenant, there's a scene where David travels to an unknown world and releases death upon the entire population. The aliens look like Engineers, but their clothes and technology seem far less sophisticated than anything we've previously seen.

Redditor /u/reece1495 suggests these are not Engineers, but another race they created in their own image. Unlike humanity, this race is much more peaceful, which is why the Engineers built a docking station on their planet. They viewed this experiment as a success and planned to visit them again, which is why the crowd forms and celebrates David's arrival.

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The Engineer In 'Prometheus' Kills Weyland For His Arrogance
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Photo:  Prometheus/20th Century Fox

In the very beginning of Prometheus, we see an Engineer give his own life to provide the organic building blocks for an entire planet. This stuck with one former Redditor, who penned a theory suggesting the Engineers believe death is essential to the creation of life. So when Peter Weyland shows up with his android, it's an affront to everything the Engineers represent.

Weyland has not suffered for his creation. In fact, he's using his creation in a selfish attempt to gain immortality. That's why the Engineer becomes enraged and goes on a murderous rampage.

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David Is Responsible For The Events In The Original 'Alien' Film
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Photo:  Prometheus/20th Century Fox

In Alien, Ripley discovers that Weyland-Yutani was aware of the Xenomorph presence and sent the Nostromo to bring the creature back to Earth. But how did the company know about the Xenomorphs, and why were they so eager to bring them to Earth?

Redditor /u/starwarsunderpants believes the android David was secretly pulling the strings all along. The theory suggests that after the events of Prometheus and the death of Peter Weyland, David somehow took control of the company from deep space. David's directions then led Weyland-Yutani to the Xenomorph, and he dubbed the crew of the Nostromo expendable. It makes sense given his obsession with the aliens in Prometheus and his distaste for humans.

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Ripley Is Genetically Predisposed To Harboring A Xenomorph Queen
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Photo:  Alien 3/20th Century Fox

Poor Ripley. That woman has been through a lot, and Redditor /u/clutzyninja has an idea as to why she specifically can't get far enough away from the Xenomorphs. They believe the Weyland-Yutani corporation knew about the Xenomorph when they sent the Nostromo to investigate (an overlapping theory). Not only that, they suspect Weyland-Yutani sent that specific ship because Ripley was aboard.

A company of that size and influence would almost certainly have genetic information about their crew members, so the theory is Weyland-Yutani found something in Ripley's DNA suggesting she would make the perfect host for a Xenomorph Queen. This is further backed up in Alien 3 when Ripley finds out what's infected her is not just any old Xeno.

If Ripley truly is uniquely suited to host a Queen, it could explain why Weyland-Yutani seems to do everything in their power to get Ripley implanted.

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