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Alien's Xenomorphs Are Evolving for the Twisted Future of the Franchise

The Xenomorphs have undergone many changes and evolutions since their inception in 1979’s Alien, but Marvel’s upcoming Alien #3 is promising the most twisted evolution of the creature yet – a Xenomorph-human hybrid. Xenomorphs are bred to be the perfect predator but often comics or films will introduce new and deadly gimmicks designed to shock and entertain the audience. Dark Horse Comics previously experimented with the idea of a Xenomorph-human hybrid in the comic one-shot Aliens: Purge, but since 20th Century Fox’s acquisition by Disney, that storyline has likely fallen out of canon, allowing Marvel’s Alien to retread old ground while providing a unique spin.

Another Xenomorph-human hybrid called the Newborn saw its introduction in 1997’s Alien Resurrection, an idea that was not well received by Alien fans. Despite past reception by fans, Marvel remains married to the idea of introducing new types of Xenomorphs to hunt and terrorize their unsuspecting prey. Time and time again, humans have been the ones who have foiled the Xenomorph’s plans to seed the galaxy with their spawn. So perhaps it is by mixing their DNA with that of a human, that the Xenomorphs will finally have the means to achieve their ultimate goal.

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In a preview of the upcoming Alien #3 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Julius Ohta courtesy of League of Comic Geeks, the Synthetical Special Operations team known as “Steel Team” uncovers something shocking: a colony of humans who have managed to survive on the planet Tobler-9 amid a Xenomorph infestation. Although the Synthetic Steel Team and the humans are hesitant to work together, their cooperation will be integral to their survival. But it won’t just be normal Xenomorphs that the Steel Team can expect, as the last sentence of the issue’s synopsis teases an entirely new evolution of the alien creature: “But while the humans have had to sacrifice some of their humanity to survive, Steel Team learns that the ICARUS alien strain has taken on some disturbingly HUMAN tendencies…” This hints at a possible Xenomorph-human hybrid that Steel Team will encounter.

The origin of these Xenomorphs with human tendencies is unclear, but one that Marvel is set to explore in its current Alien series. In the sixth issue of Marvel’s previous Alien series from Philip Kennedy Johnson and Salvador Larroca, a Synthetic human known as Iris explains that the true purpose of the Xenomorphs is to test spacefaring races. One of the steps in this “test” is joining with the Xenomorphs as Iris explains, “Next, you’ll try to join with it… use it to make yourselves better. Stronger.“. The Xenomorph-human hybrids found on Tobler-9 could be the result of the humans’ attempt to merge with the Xenomorphs.

Humans have long served as the protagonists of the Alien franchise, and the Xenomorphs have been their foil, but a hybrid of the two would be an exciting new direction for the franchise. A Xenomorph with the intelligence of a human would be quite the formidable foe, even for a group of battle-hardened Synthetic soldiers such as Steel Team. Having teased the human-Xenomorph hybrids in both films and comics before, there is hope that Marvel can stick the landing and deliver a terrifying new addition to the Alien franchise.

Alien #3 will be available on November 23.

Source: League of Comic Geeks

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