The Alien franchise has been around for almost four decades, and spawned six feature films so far, along with two Alien vs. Predator spinoffs, another planned sequel (Alien: Covenant 2), plus a handful of comics and video games — and a ton of non-storyline related crap, like plush dolls, action figures, and T-shirts. Unfortunately, when your fictional universe gets that large, mistakes usually tend to leak into the canon.
Some mistakes are small and easy to dismiss, while other are much larger and linger as damaging plot holes. There was a big hope that Ridley Scott would help save the franchise from the watered-down sequels when he returned with 2012’s Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant, but so far it’s only created more confusion. Perhaps he will still be able to answer all these questions and resolve these storylines by the time he’s done.
**Warning: We’re going to SPOIL everything, including the newer movies. You’ve been warned!**
12. Was Meredith Vickers Really a Human?
When the Alien franchise was sneakily rebooted with 2012’s Prometheus, Michael Fassbender was cast as the android David, who was in basically there to make life easier for all the humans on the ship. But what if he wasn’t the only android of the bunch? Charlize Theron also joined the cast as Weyland employee Meredith Vickers. It was her job to oversee the mission and ensure it stayed on course for the benefit of her employer. But was it really that simple?
As the movie progresses, everyone (including the audience) grows suspicious of both her actions and her intentions. When Peter Weyland interjects himself into the situation near the end of the film, Vickers call him “father.” It’s instantly apparent the relationship is not a good one, which could be because androids struggle to understand real human emotion (although they can be programmed to simply display things like anger or sadness). At one point in Prometheus, another character gets so suspicious of Vickers that she flat-out asks if she’s an android or not.
Unfortunately, Vickers is killed by a crashing spaceship and her true origins remain a mystery.