Chatting with BBC Radio 2, Michael Fassbender said something interesting about the Alien franchise, which may hint at a change in Covenant naming custom. Reminiscing about his early experience with the series, Fassbender said:
"With 'Alien' [my parents] allowed me to watch it and I just remember seeing where the Neomorph, or whatever that creature is, burst out of John Hurt’s stomach."
NEOMORPH?! Let's explore the options here...
1. Fassbender Just Derpy-Derp Derped
Hypothesis: Michael Fassbender has to remember a gajillion lines for his many movies, so it's not inconceivable that he got the name of the aliens wrong. Potato-potato, Xenomorph-Neomorph.
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2. The Aliens In Alien: Covenant Are Not Called Xenomorphs
Hypothesis: Fassbender has been using the new name for Alien: Covenant's aliens for so long during filming that "Neomorph" just slipped out of his mouth by accident. AVP Galaxy seem very certain that the Neomorph is legit, and have a mega-spoilerific definition of the new alien and what it'll be doing in Alien: Covenant:
"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,' specifically the white coloration, with a pointed head and two dorsal spines. Upon birth, the Neomorphs move on all fours similar to the Bambi-burster from 'Alien 3.'"
FYI, the term comes from Nobel prize-winner Hermann J. Muller, who used "neomorph" to describe a certain type of genetic mutation. How do you feel about this new extraterrestrial nomenclature? Sound off in the comments!