Where Will the FX ‘Alien’ Series Fit Into the Cinematic Universe Timeline?
Even if one hasn't watched the revolutionary 1979 science fiction movie, Alien, they would recognize the antagonistic creature in a single glance. That is the degree of influence that the franchise has had on popular culture.
However, recently, word broke that FX would be developing a TV show to continue the ever-growing franchise. The last time fans were treated to the xenomorphic action was when Alien: Covenant was released on May 19, 2017.
Aliens on Earth!
Keeping the now over 40-year-old franchise alive, FX announced that the upcoming Alien series would be taking place here on Earth. Noah Hawley would be helming the project as its showrunner, and the director of the original Alien, Ridley Scott, would be taking the executive producer's chair.
The loyal fans that have kept up with the intricate cinematic timeline know that there have been so many sequels and prequels built around the 1979 classic that practically every mystery it carried has been answered.
Still, most of the Alien movies transpire beyond the stratosphere unless the Predator is at large. So in that sense, the series would ponder an important question: What if the aliens find their way to Earth?
A Prequel to the Entire Franchise?
Hawley also left fans with a hint when he said that the television show would occur "not too far into the future." Therefore, it might not be too far-fetched to presume that the show will be a prequel to all the existing movies in the franchise.
Thus far, Prometheus is, chronologically, one of the first movies in order in the franchise and was set to take place in 2089. The fact that the corporation that employed almost all the primary characters was established in 2012 is also canon.
Hence, it is likely that the show's narrative would begin in the corporation's early years. Albeit, it is impossible to pinpoint the exact window from the showrunner's vague comment.
One More Mystery
Well, it is not entirely true that all the mysteries of the original movie have been answered. For example, in the first movie, the android, Ash, described the alien as the perfect organism.
During the same movie, it was also made clear that, to the corporation, the crew was expendable, but the creature was not. However, the question remains, how come the corporation was aware of the existence of these extraterrestrial creatures?
It is a question worth answering, and perhaps the television show would dish out an acceptable answer on the matter. If the creatures were once on this planet with humans, it does speak of the corporation's knowledge.
However, it then opens up a new host of questions. Reasonably, if the show's timeline is based on the happenings of the near future, it would have to conclude with the alien species dying out, at least on Earth.
All that being said, this is all speculation, and fans will have to wait for an official word on the show's plot or even wait for the actual show to come out.