Alien: Covenant looks cool. It's a bad word, but that's the best that I can think of for what's on display in this trailer. So far, Fox has emphasized the blood, gore, and terrifying action in the marketing for this sequel/prequel, which is everything casual viewers are going to want to see. However, they haven't really shown us what fresh material Covenant will bring to the table. My interest in this movie centers around it connecting Prometheus and Alien, and while they drop a few hints in this trailer, most of the clip looks like a glorified remake of the original film. I have to think that Scott had a better reason to come back to the Alien franchise, and I'm counting on a nice mixture of the horror of Alien and the philosophical intensity of Prometheus. Many of the journalists who've seen extended clips and visited the set have focused on just how bloody and vicious this film is going to get, and as a fan of this series, that is incredibly exciting to me. As long as Scott creates empathetic characters and answers the questions of that frustratingly ambiguous 2012 film, I'll be happy. Hopefully he can pull it off.
With cast led by Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Callie Hernandez, and Demian Bichir, Alien: Covenant debuts on May 19.