Michael Fassbender has confirmed in a Radio 2 interview the name of a new variety of alien that we’ll be seeing in Ridey Scott’s Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel Alien Covenant.
They will be called neomorphs, which, as anyone with a grasp of basic Latin will know, has has taken the exiting name “xenomorph” and replaced the “xeno” (meaning strange, different, foreign or, indeed, alien) with “neo” (meaning new, recent, revived, modified”). Draw your own conclusions.
Meanwhile, AVPgalaxy.net has more information about these “neomorphs”, claiming, “These aliens are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the accelerant/black goo. Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed.
“These spores infect several members of the Covenant crew by entering the body through the ear and nostrils. The spores cause the growth of the neomorphs inside the infected hosts – something that is reminiscent of William Gibson’s first draft of Alien 3. One of the Neomorphs bursts from the back of one of the infected crew, a backburster. The other crewmember’s Neomorph erupts through their throat.
“The births are preceded by the eruption of two small dorsal spikes. These spikes and a pointed skull are also used to break out of an embryonic sack (similar to the Deacon in Prometheus). Upon birth, the Neomorphs move on all fours similar to the Bambi-burster from Alien 3. When they mature, they grow significantly larger and walk on their back legs.”