On July 2, Marvel Entertainment announced that fans of three iconic sci-fi horror franchises — “Alien,” “Predator,” and “Alien vs. Predator” — can expect to see all-new stories in 2021.
According to Marvel, the new comic series will feature both new and classic characters from the earth and beyond and will explore never-before-seen corners of the “Alien” and “Predator” universes.
“There’s nothing more thrilling than a story that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and ‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ have delivered that time and time again,” said C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel. “Both masterfully weave extraterrestrial dread and drama into some of the most iconic scenes we’ve ever seen on film [and] comics are the perfect place to build on those moments.”
Over the years, “Alien” (released in 1979) and “Predator” (released in 1987) have built a cult following that has expanded to include toys, games, novels, and comic books, culminating in the 2004 crossover “Alien vs. Predator.” Through the new stories, Marvel will draw from all of these properties and continue to build on the decades of multimedia storytelling.
“The incredible legacies of both franchises offer some of the most compelling and exciting worldbuilding in all of science fiction,” said Marvel editor Jake Thomas. “It is a thrill and an honor to be able to add to that mythology and continuity with all-new stories set within those universes.”
Details on upcoming “Alien” and “Predator” comic book titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date. However, a few bits of intel may be gleaned from the two teaser posters by artist David Finch.
Marvel hasn’t announced whether or not the monsters will actually make their way into the superhero universe. Still, one of Finch’s posters features a Xenomorph from “Alien” aboard the Guardians of the Galaxy’s spaceship, and the other depicts a Predator staking his claim on Avengers headquarters (apparently at the expense of Iron Man), so it seems the subject is open to speculation — at least for now.
“Alien and Predator are the two of the most identifiable, iconic characters of all time, and I love them for that,” Finch said. “I’ve seen every movie they’ve ever been in, and I cannot wait to see them wreaking havoc in the Marvel Universe.”