Frustratingly little is currently known about Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus 2, but if you're wanting to catch up on potential plot details I've previously written about them here.
Prometheus 2 begins shooting in January 2016, and is expected to carry on the story of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) as they search for the creators of humanity.
The Elder Engineer(s)
A popular theory on the message boards at the moment is that the Engineers that we saw in Prometheus are not in fact the creators of humanity, but rather subordinate to a higher being (or beings) that set the events of creation in motion upon various planets, including Earth. Brad Brevet outlines a theory along these lines, calling them "angels of the creator" rather than creators themselves.
This theory is supported by the first scene in Prometheus, in which an Engineer drinks a black liquid, causing his body to disintegrate and give birth to a terraforming process to create life upon the empty planet. Concept art taken from Prometheus: The Art of the Film reveals that initially there were two Engineers present during this scene, with an Elder in attendance alongside the other, and a deleted scene from the film shows us the Elders in their glory.
There hasn't been any official Prometheus 2 concept art revealed yet, but the fact that the Elder Engineer(s) made it from concept art to a rendered deleted scene (which you can watch in terrible quality here) suggests that they do have an effect on the narrative, the scene apparently cut for run-time reasons rather than lack of relevance.
This means we could see Shaw and David's journey leading them to the Elder Engineers in the sequel, perhaps unfolding the reasons behind why the Elders instrument others to commit sacrifice rather than doing so themselves.
Are the Elder Engineers closer to "God" than the younger ones, and if so, why?
Now the concept art is very important when it comes to discussing Alien 5, because it's reportedly off the strength of the artwork produced for Neill Blomkamp's Alien pet-project that the film was green-lit in the first place (and it's easy to see why, it's pretty impressive stuff).
Now we know that Blomkamp's Alien 5 is intended to take place after Aliens (without disregarding the sequels though - go figure) and though the fate of Newt (Carrie Henn) is not revealed, we see a badly burnt and scarred but still very much alive Corp. Hicks (Michael Biehn) alongside an older Lt. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), who appears to be wearing an explosive vest of some kind.
Like Prometheus 2, we don't know very much about Alien 5 right now, as it's not even set production dates yet and almost definitely will be released after the Prometheus sequel.
What we do know is taken from the concept art - the entirety of which you can view here (and I recommend that you do so - it's impressive stuff).
- Hicks is alive, but badly scarred - presumably from the acidic burns he received when he was sprayed by one of the xenomorph's blood towards the end of Aliens.
- Ripley appears older, likely in her late 50s (although it's hard to tell with Weaver; she was 48 when Alien: Resurrection was made in 1997, but looks considerably younger).
- Newt's fate is unknown.
- Ripley appears to be wearing a xenomorph shaped version of the "Space Jockey" (later revealed to be an Engineer)'s helmet - could this provide another link between the two films?
- One of the Engineer's ships seen in Prometheus is featured in a dilapidated state - could Ripley and Hicks come face to face with their creators?
- There's a newer, even deadlier looking xenomorph on the hunt
- We see Ripley come face to face with a human head protruding from an organic mass (see below) - could this point towards bioengineering, evolution, or something much more sinister?
Of course, this is all just concept art and speculation; a lot can and will change between now and when both films reach completion over the coming months and years.
Personally I'm more excited for Alien 5 at the moment, even if only on the strength of the concept art, what about you?
Do you have a theory about Prometheus 2 or Alien 5? Tell us about it in the comments!