Alien vs. Predator Franchise


Alien vs. Predator (also known as Aliens versus Predator and AVP) is a science-fiction/action media franchise.

The series is a crossover between the Alien and Predator franchises, depicting the two species as being in conflict with one another, which began as a comic book series in 1989, before being adapted into a video game series in the 1990s.

Produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film series began with Alien vs. Predator (2004), directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and was followed by Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), directed by the Brothers Strause, and the development of a third film has been long rumoured.

The series has led to numerous novels, comics, and video game spin-offs such as Aliens vs. Predator released in 2010.



The Alien vs. Predator franchise depicts a series of deadly encounters between humanity and two hostile extraterrestrial species: the Aliens, ferocious, endoparasitoid creatures; and the Predators, technologically advanced warriors that hunt other dangerous life forms for sport. Predominantly transpiring in the present day of the 21st century, the series acts as a prequel to the Alien franchise and spin-off of the Predator franchise, portraying mankind’s earliest encounters with both alien species and how they shape the human civilisation that is seen in the Alien films.

Throughout the series, audiences see the involvement of the forerunners of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in the history of these alien creatures as Weyland Industries, headed by Charles Bishop Weyland, seeks immortality and the advancement of the company whereas the Yutani Corporation, headed by Ms. Yutani, seeks to study these alien creatures and acquire their technology for scientific and military purposes. Amidst the actions of the two corporations, civilian characters are forced to survive infestations of Aliens and clashes with Predators, eventually leading to the future merger between the two companies and the development of interstellar travel and other advanced technologies.


The first Alien vs. Predator story was published by Dark Horse Comics in Dark Horse Presents #34–36 (November 1989 – February 1990).

In November 1990, Predator 02 was released in theatres and included a scene depicting an Alien (Xenomorph) skull as one of the Predator’s trophies.

Over the coming years, Fox had been pursuing a cinematic adaptation of the concept to advance the Alien and Predator franchises further, and Peter Briggs was tasked with the job to write an early script for the project and eventually pitched an idea titled The Hunt: Alien vs. Predator in 1994, but the pitch was rejected and development of the film remained stuck in development hell for almost a decade before the first feature film was finally released in 2004 under the helm of Paul W. S. Anderson, titled Alien vs. Predator, with a sequel by the Brothers Strause, titled Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, eventually released in 2007.

Ellen Ripley does not appear in this franchise, as it takes place more than a century prior to the events of the Alien series.

The first actor to be cast for Alien vs. Predator was Lance Henriksen, who played the characters Bishop and Michael Bishop Weyland in Aliens and Alien 03 (and Aliens: Colonial Marines). Although the Alien films are set 150 years in the future, Anderson wanted to keep continuity with the series by including a familiar actor. Henriksen plays billionaire and self-taught-engineer Charles Bishop Weyland, a character that ties in with the Weyland-Yutani Corporation as the original founder and CEO of Weyland Industries. Henriksen later returned to the franchise through the role of Karl Bishop Weyland, a descendant of Charles Weyland, in the 2010 video game Aliens vs. Predator.

According to Anderson, Weyland becomes known for the discovery of the pyramid, and as a result the Weyland-Yutani Corporation models the Bishop android in the Alien films after him; “when the Bishop android is created in 150 years time, it’s created with the face of the creator. It’s kind of like Microsoft building an android in 100 years time that has the face of Bill Gates.” The Brothers Strause further stated how the ending of their sequel built further upon establishing the future of the universe by having the Predator technology acquired by Yutani Corporation (and by extension Project Stargazer of the Predator films) act as the impetus for the development of advanced technologies such as FTL (faster-than-light travel) drives fitted aboard spaceships.

The legacy of the shared universe has also shown itself in later films. In the 2010 film Predators, when the group of main protagonists enters the Predators’ camp, there is a brief view of an Alien skull on the ground (as well as the lower jaw of an Alien on the helmet of the Berserker Predator), referring to the similar moment from Predator 02 when an Alien skull is seen in the trophy room of the Predator spaceship. Furthermore, the 2018 film titled The Predator featured several references to Alien vs. Predator such as the shurikens, mask designs, and Alexa’s spear which the Predator named Scar made out of an Alien tail. An alternative ending for The Predator displaying a Weyland-Yutani Corp pod containing Ripley and Newt from Aliens (both played by Breanna Watkins) wearing a Weyland-Yutani breathing apparatus shaped like an Alien Facehugger was also intended to further connect to the Alien films.

The Films

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

In 2004, a Predator mothership arrives in Earth orbit to draw humans to an ancient Predator training ground on Bouvetøya, an island about one thousand miles north of Antarctica. A buried pyramid giving off a “heat bloom” attracts a group of explorers led by billionaire and self-taught engineer Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen), the original founder and CEO of Weyland Industries, who unknowingly activates an Alien egg production line as a hibernating Alien Queen is awakened within the pyramid. Three Predators descend unto the planet and enter the structure, killing all humans in their way with the intention of hunting the newly formed Aliens, while the scattered explorers are captured alive by Aliens and implanted with embryos. Two Predators die in the ensuing battle with an Alien, while the third allies itself with the lone surviving human, Alexa “Lex” Woods (Sanaa Lathan), while making their way out of the pyramid as it is destroyed by the Predator’s wrist bomb and eventually does battle with the escaped Alien Queen on the surface. The Queen is defeated by being dragged down by a water tower into the dark depths of the frozen sea, but not before she fatally wounds the last Predator. The orbiting Predator mothership uncloaks and the crew retrieves the fallen Predator. A Predator elder gives Lex a spear as a sign of respect, and then departs. Once in orbit it is revealed that an Alien Chestburster was present within the corpse, thus a Predalien hybrid is born.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

Set immediately after the events of the previous film, the Predalien hybrid aboard the Predator scout ship, having just separated from the mothership shown in the previous film, has grown to full adult size and sets about killing the Predators aboard the ship, causing it to crash in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. The last surviving Predator activates a distress beacon containing a video recording of the Predalien, which is received by a veteran Predator on the Predator homeworld, who sets off towards Earth to “clean up” the infestation. When it arrives, the Predator tracks the Aliens into a section of the sewer below the town. He removes evidence of their presence as he moves along using a corrosive blue liquid and uses a laser net to try to contain the creatures, but the Aliens still manage to escape into the town above. The Predator fashions a plasma pistol from its remaining plasma caster and hunts Aliens all across town, accidentally cutting the power to the town in the process. During a confrontation with human survivors, the Predator loses its plasma pistol. The Predator then fights the Predalien singlehandedly, and the two mortally wound one another just as the US air force drops a tactical nuclear bomb on the town, incinerating both combatants along with the Predalien’s warriors and hive, as well as the few remaining humans in the town. The salvaged plasma pistol is then taken to a Ms. Yutani of the Yutani Corporation, foreshadowing an advancement in technology leading to the future events of the Alien films.


Colin and Greg Strause were adamant that they wanted to develop Alien vs. Predator 3 during the production of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. They essentially sought to make an AVP-film in space and set in the future, but by the time they were hired, 20th Century Fox had already decided to go with Salerno’s script set on Earth. They incorporated elements of their ideas into the second film, such as the Predator home planet. In 2008 “An anonymous source over at 20th Century Fox got in touch with us over the weekend to relay the news another Aliens vs. Predator sequel is a ‘certainty’ at this point. If you recall, the brothers Strause – who helmed the Christmas release Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – stated Fox was going to take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to a third chapter, furthermore, that the story would have to continue in space.”

On 28 October 2010, io9 published an exclusive interview with the Brothers Strause in which they revealed that Alien vs. Predator 3 would have led directly into Alien. Greg Strause stated that, “The original ending for AVPR, that we pitched them, ended up on the Alien homeward [sic], and actually going from the Predator gun, that you see at the end, it was going to transition from that gun to a logo of a Weyland-Yutani spaceship that was heading to an alien planet. And then we were actually going to cut down to the surface [of the alien planet] and you were going to see a hunt going on. It was going to be a whole tribe of predators going against this creature that we called “King Alien.” It’s this huge giant winged alien thing. And that was going to be the lead-in, to show that the fact that the Predator gun [at the end of AVPR] is the impetus of all the technological advancements that allowed humans to travel in space. Which leads up to the Alien timeline.”

When asked about the ending sequence of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, that the Predator-weapon handed to Ms. Yutani would lead to us humans developing advanced space travel technology, Greg stated, “That was the idea. They never got any of the equipment from the first Predators. It’s the first time they ever received any intact working technology left over. So they could take that and reverse engineer, figure out what the power source was – all of those things. And in theory, that would enable that company [Weyland-Yutani] to make massive advancements in technology and dominate the space industry. That was the whole idea, was to literally continue from Ms. Yutani getting the gun – and then cut to 50 years in the future, and there’s spaceships now. We’ve made a quantum leap in space travel. That was going to set up the ending, which would then set up what AVP was going to be, which would take place 100 years in the future. That was kind of the plan.”

Liam O’Donnell, who worked as a visual effects consultant on Requiem, wrote a script treatment for AVP3 during the production of Requiem which was set in South Africa about fifty years in the future when global warming had melted the ice caps (and releasing the Alien Queen from Antarctica), featuring the merger and global rule of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and their development of interstellar travel based on the recovered Predator technology from Gunnison.

In 2012, What Culture stated that “surely sometime in the near future we will see a third attempt at an AVP movie” and listed five major reasons that would make a third sequel work – namely the inclusion of Colonial Marines, a strong lead character, no Predators teaming-up with humans, memorable action sequences, as well as a great director.

In 2015, having worked on the special effects of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, VFX make-up artist David Woodruff (the son of Tom Woodruff who worked on both the Alien– and Terminator-franchises) participated in an interview with TheTerminatorFans, and when asked about the situation of a third chapter in the AVP-trilogy, he stated, “I haven’t heard anything about a 3rd installment, not even rumours. This Neill Blomkamp project is the first possibility I’ve seen or heard of another Alien film and I’m all about it. I know the guys at Amalgamated Dynamics are pushing for something like this too. It’s time.”

In 2015, during the London Film and Comic Con, Sigourney Weaver stated that she asked to have Ripley killed in Alien 3 because she knew that Fox were moving forward with Alien vs. Predator. Peter Briggs (writer of The Hunt: Alien vs. Predator) responded by praising all films in the franchise and pointing out that the AVP-films were more successful than Weaver’s last two Alien-films, and noting that “There’s a terrific Alien vs. Predator movie still to be made by someone. It just hasn’t happened yet.”

In mid-2018, Shane Black, the director of The Predator, tweeted his belief that a third Alien vs. Predator can still happen, indicating the studio’s interest in both franchises. A article from July suggested Fox may attempt an “AVP Cinematic Universe” after Ridley Scott finishes making the Alien prequels, after which Fox considered a “soft reboot” to the Alien series with new/original characters, a new setting, and new timeline, which the same article also suggested, if it were to happen, could potentially take place within the same continuity as the Predator films and AVP films. Noting Predators featured an Alien skull cameo (along with other references to Aliens) and Lex Wood’s Xenomorph tail spear from Alien vs. Predator make appearance in The Predator. Alternative endings produced for The Predator displaying a Weyland-Yutani Corp pod containing Ripley and Newt (both played by Breanna Watkins) wearing a Weyland-Yutani breathing apparatus shaped like an Alien Facehugger was also intended to further connect to the Alien films.


  • Alien vs. Predator:
    • Aliens … Tom Woodruff Jr.
    • Predators … Ian Whyte.
    • Predalien Cameo … Tom Woodruff Jr.
    • Alexa “Lex” Woods … Sanaa Lathan.
    • Charles Bishop Weyland … Lance Henriksen.
    • Sebastian De Rosa … Raoul Bova.
    • Graeme Miller … Ewen Bremner.
    • Maxwell “Max” Stafford … Colin Salmon.
    • Mark Verheiden … Tommy Flanagan.
    • Joe Connors … Joseph Rye.
    • Adele Rousseau … Agathe de La Boulaye.
    • Thomas “Tom” Parkes … Sam Troughton.
    • Rustin Quinn … Carsten Norgaard.
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem:
    • Aliens … Tom Woodruff Jr.
    • Predators … Ian Whyte, Matthew Charles Santoro (voice), Bobby ‘Slim’ Jones, and Ian Feuer.
    • Dallas Howard … Steven Pasquale.
    • Kelly O’Brien …. Reiko Aylesworth.
    • Eddie Morales … John Ortiz.
    • Ricky Howard … Johnny Lewis.
    • Molly O’Brien … Ariel Gade.
    • Tim O’Brien … Sam Trammell.
    • Colonel Stevens … Robert Joy.
    • Jesse Salinger … Kristen Hager.
    • Dave Collins … David Paetkau.
    • Drew Roberts … David Hornsby.
    • Darcy Benson … Chelah Horsdal.
    • Carrie Adams … Gina Holden.
    • Deputy Ray Adams … Chris William Martin.
    • Deputy Joe … James Chutter.
    • Ms. Yutani … Francoise Yip (Cameo).

Home Media

  • The Ultimate Alien & Predator Collection:
    • A DVD released in 2007 containing Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 02, Alien 03, Alien Resurrection, and Alien vs. Predator.
  • Alien vs. PRedator: The Ultimate Showdown:
    • A DVD/Blu-ray released in 2007 containing Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 02, Alien 03, Alien Resurrection, and Alien vs. Predator.
  • AVP: Aliens vs. Predator – Unrated 2-Pack:
    • A Blu-ray released in 2008 containing Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.
  • AVP – Collector’s Boxset:
    • A BLu-ray released in 2008 containing Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.
  • Alien/Predator: Total Destruction – The Ultimate DVD Collection:
    • A DVD released in 2008 containing Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.
  • Alien/Predator: Total Destruction Collection:
    • A DVD released in 2008 containing Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.
  • Alien/AVP/Predator – The Ultimate Annihilation: Nine Movie Collection:
    • A blu-ray released in 2011 containing Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, and Predators.
  • AVP: 2 Movie Pack:
    • A DVD/Blu-ray released on 01 October 2012 containing Aline vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

Other Media

There are a number of spin-offs in other media, including a large number of crossovers within the Alien/Predator fictional universe.

  • Novels:
    • Aliens vs. Predator: Prey (1994) by Steve Perry
    • Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter’s Planet (1994) by Dave Bischoff
    • Aliens vs. Predator: War (1999) by S.D. Perry
    • Alien vs. Predator: The Movie Novelisation (2004) by Marc Cerasini
    • Alien vs. Predator: Armageddon (2016) by Tim Lebbon
    • The Complete Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus – collects Prey, Hunter’s Planet and War.
  • Comic Books:
    • Dark Horse Comics published various lines based on the franchise.
    • The Fire and Stone (2014-2015) and Life and Death (2016-2017) series crosses over the continuities of Alien vs. Predator and Prometheus with graphic novel sequels.
  • Books:
    • Other books expanding this fictional universe has been released through the years, and also such that depict the background to the films, including works by special effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (ADI) which has worked with both the Alien, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator films.
    • Aliens versus Predator: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide (1999).
    • Aliens versus Predator: Gold Edition: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide (2000).
    • Aliens versus Predator 02: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide (2001).
    • Alien vs. Predator: The Creature Effects of ADI.
    • Aliens/Predator: Panel to Panel (2006).
    • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – Inside the Monster Shop.
    • Aliens vs. Predator: Bradygames Official Strategy Guide (2010).

Video Games

The 1993 SFC beat ’em up Alien vs. Predator was developed by Jorudan and Published by Activision (NA, PAL) and IGS (JP).

Game Boy version Alien vs Predator: The Last of His Clan was Developed by ASK Kodansha.

An Alien vs. Predator arcade beat ’em up game was released by Capcom in 1994. Two other Alien vs Predator games were also published by Activision for the SNES and Game Boy in 1993. There were also several Alien vs. Predator mobile games, and two cancelled titles for the Atari Lynx and Game Boy Advance.

In 1994, Atari Corporation released the Rebellion Developments-developed first-person shooter Alien vs Predator for the Atari Jaguar, in which one could play as a Marine, Predator or Alien. Rebellion then went on to develop the similarly themed 1999’s Aliens versus Predator for the PC. This was followed by, among others, Aliens versus Predator 2 and the expansion pack Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt. In 2010, Sega released a reboot, Aliens vs. Predator, a multiplatform first-person shooter also made by Rebellion and tied into the timeline of the live-action films.

Both Alien and Predator appear as downloadable characters in Mortal Kombat X (2015).


Zen Studios developed and released a virtual pinball based upon the 1986 film Aliens, the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator, and the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation in the Aliens vs. Pinball collection, available as an add-on pack for Zen Pinball 2, Pinball FX 2 and Pinball FX 3 on 26 April 2016. The three tables features 3-D animated figures of Ellen Ripley, Alexa Woods, Amanda Ripley, the Alien, and the Predator.

Board Games

  • Aliens/Predator (1997).
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Alien Resurrection Expansion Set (1998).
  • Aliens vs. Predator (2010).
  • AVP: The Hunt Begins (2015).
    • In 2013, Prodos obtained the licence from 20th Century Fox to do a boardgame and successfully funded it on Kickstarter.
  • AVP: Alien Warriors (2015).
  • Clue: Alien vs. Predator (2016).
  • AVP: Unleashed (2017).
  • AVP: Evolved Aliens (2018).
  • AVP: Hot Landing Zone (2019).

Action Figures

During the 1980s and 1990s, Halcyon Models released seventeen Alien model kits, beginning in 1987, as well as a Predator 2 model kit in 1994.

In 1994, Kenner released a collection of action figures known as Aliens vs. Predator. This followed the two initial series of Aliens that were based on an animated series, Operation: Aliens, that was never broadcast. As such, the inclusion of Predator is often considered the 3rd and 4th series of the Aliens line. This collection includes several Aliens, many of which feature built-in attack features, and Predators, which include removable masks and battle weapons such as spears and missile launchers. The figures generally possess 5 points of articulation, and some include a mini Dark Horse comic book.

While the collection as a whole is known as Aliens vs. Predator, the two character types have their own card art that only features the character at hand. An exception would be the Aliens vs. Predator 2-pack. Since human space marines were included in the initial Aliens line, the Predator was marketed as an alternative enemy to the Aliens. A figure cardback reads: “The stage is set for the universe’s two most ferocious enemies. It’s the gruesome and evil Aliens against the big-game hunter Predator. Who will win… the beast or the hunter? Can the Predator stop the evil Aliens before the galaxy is destroyed?!?!?!”

In 1998, Kay Bee Toys released the Kenner produced Aliens: Hive Wars line featuring Aliens, Marines, and Predators. More figures, including a female Predator and an Alien/Predator/Smash Mason 3-pack, were designed for this series but never released as part of the line.

Six sets of Aliens and Predator Micro Machines were also planned by Galoob in 1995 but never released. This would have also included the LV-426/Outer World Station Action Fleet Playset. Thanks in part to the research of toy collectors, many photos of these unreleased toys and prototypes have shown up online in recent years.

In December 2002, McFarlane Toys released a highly detailed Alien vs. Predator deluxe set. In 2004, they produced a series of figures based on the Alien vs. Predator film. Alongside the articulated figures, McFarlane also released statuesque display sets depicting scenes from the film.

Hot Toys produced highly detailed 16″ tall figures for every film including Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007.

NECA has produced various lines of Alien vs. Predator figures for several years. In 2007, they released two series of Requiem figures.

In 2013, a line of ReAction Figures Alien and Predator toys were produced.

Originally having produced figures based on the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines, Hiya Toys has also released figures based on Predator, Predator 02, and Alien: Covenant.

Funko Pop! Vinyl currently produces ongoing lines of Alien vs. Predator figures.

Minimates produces ongoing lines of Alien vs. Predator figures.

Loot Crate and Titans Vinyl Figures have collaborated in producing several figures and other merchandise based on characters and creatures from the Alien vs. Predator universe.

Eaglemoss Collections currently produces the ongoing Alien & Predator line of figures based on characters and creatures from the Alien vs. Predator universe.

Theme Park Attractions

On 04 August 2014, Universal Studios confirmed that there will be haunted mazes based on Alien vs. Predator for their Halloween Horror Nights events at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida.


The Alien vs. Predator franchise combines the continuities of the Alien franchise with the Predator franchise and consists of two films as well as various series of comics, books, and video games.

Alien vs. Predator Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Production: 20th Century Fox.
  • Distributor(s): 20th Century Fox.
  • Release Date: 2004 and 2007.
  • Running Time: 94-101 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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