This blog post will discuss the order of movies in the Alien franchise, from chronological to release date.
The alien movies in chronological order is a list of all the alien movies that have been released. The list includes the release date and the title of each movie.
Alien, Ridley Scott’s epic film series, is expanding nearly as quickly as the Xenomorphs in the movies. Scott is gearing up to release Alien: Covenant, the sixth installment in the Alien series, almost 40 years after the first picture. The chronology of the Alien narrative has altered dramatically over time, as it has with many other famous properties.
Because of the franchise’s ever-expanding mythos, the sequence in which you should watch the Alien films does not always match to their release order.
There are two series in the Alien franchise: the original movie and prequels. To become the face of the Alien series, one must begin with Prometheus, the most current Alien picture, and work their way up to the first Alien. Before you can see Ripley, Sigourney Weber’s famous female hero, you’ll have to wait two movies. If you’re unsure about beginning the Alien franchise, I suggest starting with Alien. You may fall in love with the world of Ripley’s Aquarium and then work your way back.
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- Prometheus is a magnificent science-fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. It raises a lot of concerns regarding our origins but doesn’t address them. This is the kind of content I like. It’s seamless, with perfect special effects, narrative, and casting, and it’s shot in 3-D without being obtrusive.
- Alien: Covenant is a direct sequel to Ridley Scott’s magnificent “Alien: Covenant,” which was released 10 years after “Prometheus.” It fills in the gaps between the first film and “Alien.” The plot starts with a catastrophe onboard a Covenant colony ship bound for a utopian planet.
- Aliens are aliens (2122): So, Nostromo arrives after receiving the signal from planetoid LV-426. After being afflicted with an alien face-hugger, Kane, the executive officer, dies. Ripley, Jones, and the ship’s cat are among the crew members who are picked up one by one by the alien.
- Extraterrestrials (2179): Ripley is rescued and returns to LV-426 after being in hibernation for 57 years. Hadley’s Hope was unable to communicate with Hadley’s new colony.
- After her final encounter, Ellen Ripley lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum-security prison. When a sequence of strange and terrible occurrences occur soon after Ripley’s arrival, she learns she has brought with her a deadly and unwanted visitor.
- Alien Resurrection is a film about the resurrected aliens: Two hundred years later, United Systems Military scientists use DNA extracted from Ellen Ripley’s blood to make an Ellen Ripley clone. The clone was created by combining Ripley’s DNA with that of the Xenomorph queen. It also has an embryo in it. The embryo is extracted and raised by scientists. Ripley 8 is kept alive in order to do more research. The clone’s body contains Xenomorph DNA, which provides it with increased strength, reflexes, somewhat acidic blood, and a mental link to the Xenomorphs. Ripley’s memories may also be cloned thanks to the Xenomorph’s gene memory.
- AVP stands for Alien vs. Predator. An ambitious and rich man, Charles Bishop Weyland, finances an expedition to Antarctica in quest of a mystery source of heat. Alexa Woods, a difficult guide, leads Weyland and his crew. They also come upon a pyramid. They do, however, come across nasty parasite aliens. When Predators, an extraterrestrial race known as Predators, arrive to hunt out other aliens, the war becomes much worse.
- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (AVPR): Gunnison, Colorado is embroiled in a long-running battle between two alien species.
- Exoterrestrial species are those that live on the other side of the planet. The highly indestructible aliens are on one side, while the lone Predator is on the other, with the goal of eradicating all traces of the Alien invasion from Earth.
Alien Films in Order of Release
Prometheus (2089–2093) was a Greek god who lived from 2089 to 2093
Prometheus is the first film in the Alien franchise. It depicts humanity’s first ascension into the stars. We don’t see Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley or any of the other space truckers introduced by Ridley Scott in Alien.
However, humanity’s first foray into outer space under the guise of exploration results in a much more terrible and fatal outcome than anybody could have predicted. The Alien franchise gains two new characters. They are Michael Fassbender’s David, an android sent by the Weyland Corporation to aid in the trip, and Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw, an archeologist who assists in the search for The Engineers and gets to witness the initial stages in the creation of the Xenomorphs.
This will serve as the basis for all future films. David’s journey is the narrative glue that binds the Alien film chronology together. This arc features Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland, the mysterious power behind the eventual Weyland Yutani Corporation.
Alien: Covenant is a science fiction film directed by Ridley (2104)
Alien: Covenant has barely been out for 11 years. Currently, a fresh team of human colonists is completing deep space colonization missions. The Covenant team encounters someone with knowledge of deep space travel and the animals who live there.
In the Alien film franchise, Michael Fassbender plays two roles. Alien: Covenant’s team introduces Walter, a new android. We also get a look at the franchise’s origins and tales about androids with a secret purpose.
The fact that Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland made his second and last appearance is also noteworthy. Despite the fact that we have yet to witness the Weyland Yutani Corporation in its current form, Weyland’s fascination with researching The Engineers and understanding their secrets grows.
We are now in the “modern” period, with Alien’s famous tale finally being incorporated in the series. This occurred 18 years after the events of Alien Covenant. Alien’s exploits are linked to a broader mythology that depicts a human species ruled by mega-corporations. One of them is looking to buy a perfect, merciless death machine.
Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley makes her Alien franchise premiere as Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley. She takes over as the main lead for the Alien movie chronology after that. There is no longer any connection between her ancestry and the planets of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. In the guise of Ian Holm’s Ash in Alien and the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, Ripley may have an adversarial relationship with androids in the future.
The Company and Ripley’s hate of synthetic creatures aren’t completely established here. We see Ripley and the Xenomorph on the same page for the first time as they square off in what promises to be a time-spanning fight. It’s going to be a crazy journey!
The Alien chronology that we know today was mainly created by James Cameron, the writer/director of Aliens. After the terrifying horror of Alien has passed, Ellen Ripley awakens 57 years later. She’s now on her way to LV-426 with a squad of space marines to investigate a Weyland Yutani Corporation colony that has just gone dark.
Ripley’s second grudge has been resolved. To replace the robot danger, Weyland-Yutani sent an untrustworthy human. Surprisingly, Lance Hendrickson portrays the mission’s android Bishop. He is one of the most heroic synthetics in Alien film history.
Some Alien movies have detailed the background of Weyland-development Yutani’s as “The Company,” the series’ biggest human danger, but Aliens is where it all started in the original Alien franchise period.
Alien 3 is regarded as one of the most divisive sequels to Alien 2. It takes place shortly after the events of Aliens. Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, survives the events in Aliens 2. Our hero is stranded in a horrific prison colony in David Fincher’s sequel to the series.
Alien 3 is the third installment in the Alien franchise. Ripley had an egg deposited in his chest by a random Facehugger. This was intended to be the last installment in the Alien franchise. Ripley would have died if she had been tangled up with an alien within her. Her vendetta against Weyland-Yutani Corporation seemed to have reached a conclusion.
Ripley is awakened by Clemens, the jail physician, who tells her that she is the sole survivor. The jail warden, Harold Andrews, tells Ripley that her presence may cause problems. Newt must be autopsied by Clemens, according to Ripley. Hicks and her body are then set ablaze. Ripley has a sneaking suspicion that Newt is harboring an Alien egg. Despite Aaron and the warden’s objections, the autopsy goes forward, and no embryos are discovered.
The funeral at the foundry is presided over by Andrews. Before the corpses are placed into the fire, spiritual leader Dillon gives a speech on behalf of the dead. Spike frees a quadrupedal alien from a different jail.
In the prison’s garbage dump, Ripley finds the wounded Bishop. Ripley is almost gang-raped as she is ready to leave the area when she is accosted by four inmates. Dillon saves Ripley and takes her back to the hospital. Bishop activates Ripley and verifies the presence of a Facehugger by scanning ship data. He then joined them in the escape pod to Fiorina. Murphy, Boggs, and Rains are killed when the alien grows to full size. Outcast prisoner Golic is restored to his psychotic state. Ripley tells Andrews about her experience with the Xenomorphs. She proposes that everyone band together to find it. Andrews, who is dubious of her tale, argues that even if she is speaking the truth, the facility is devoid of weaponry. As a result, the rescue ship was dispatched as Ripley’s only chance.
The Alien attacks Clemens and Ripley in the jail infirmary. Ripley is apprehended after he murders him. Ripley manages to flee, but she is miraculously saved. Ripley dashes to the cafeteria after alerting the others. Andrews accuses her of being insane and tells Aaron to return her to the hospital. The warden, on the other hand, gets dragged into the vents and murdered by the monster.
Ripley seizes control of the situation and rallies the prisoners. To flush out the alien, he suggests igniting the ventilation system with flammable hazardous waste. Its involvement causes a premature explosion, killing a large number of inmates. Aaron assists Ripley in scanning herself with the medical equipment aboard the escape pod. Ripley has an Alien Queen embryo developing within her, which she finds.
Because of the embryo she carries, Ripley believes that the Alien will not kill her. Dillon agrees provided Ripley assists the prisoners in killing the Alien. They develop a strategy to entice and trap the Alien in the foundry’s molding machinery, where it will be drowned in molten Lead. The bait-and-chase plan kills all of the other captives except Dillon and Morse. Dillon sacrifices his life to assist the Alien in into the mold, as Morse pours molten lead on top of it. Despite being encased in molten lead, the Alien manages to break out from the mold.
Alien: Resurrection takes place 200 years in the future, and sees Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weber, returning in an unusual way: as a clone. A new queen Xenomorph is born as a clone as part of the same military experiment, with her DNA already on file.
We are now able to watch Ripley form a bond with the Alien species she had previously despised. Ripley’s band of merry criminals and smugglers, Alien Resurrection, is reminiscent of Firefly’s original motley crew.
The Betty team soon comes upon Ripley 8. Annalee Call recognizes her and makes an attempt to murder her. Ripley 8 is suspected of being used to produce Xenomorphs, according to her. The animals, on the other hand, have already been replicated. Because of the aforementioned gene memory, adult Xenomorphs are now aware of the acidic qualities of their blood and may escape confinement by murdering one of their own and using their acidic blood to burn their enclosures.
They kidnap Dr. Jonathan Gediman before murdering another scientist. They also cause damage to the Auriga, killing those who did not escape, such as General Perez and Elgyn. In addition, another crew member is kidnapped and cocooned into the egg form. Dr. Wren, a military scientist, explains that in an emergency, the ship’s default command is to return to Earth.
Mercenaries Ripley 8 and Wren understand that this will bring Xenomorphs to Earth. Purvis, Distephano, and Wren plan to go to the Betty in order to use it to destroy Auriga. The horrific consequences of seven prior unsuccessful efforts to clone Ellen Ripley are found in a laboratory by Ripley 8. Ripley 8 asks the survivor to assassinate her. She accepts and sets the laboratory and its contents on fire.
As they make their way through the sunken ship, the gang swims into a flooded kitchen. They are pursued by two Xenomorphs. The one is murdered, while the other kidnaps Hillard. As they leave the kitchen, the Xenomorph emerges and blinds Christie. Christie then gives up his life to rescue the Xenomorph, allowing the others to flee. The gang betrays Wren, and Call is shown to be an auton.
This is a better form of a synthesized person. In an effort to destroy the Xenomorphs, the call utilizes her abilities to connect with the Auriga systems to send it on a collision course with Earth. Wren’s escape route is blocked, and she leads the Xenomorphs to him. A Xenomorph kidnaps Ripley 8, as the rest of the team heads for Betty. Wren, who has already boarded the ship, kills Purvis and kidnaps Call, demanding that he halt the collision.
Purvis assaults Wren, causing her to be injured. Wren then pushes her hand on Call’s chest, pushing him to turn around. When the Xenomorph embryo he’s carrying breaches his ribcage, Wren gets a head injury. Wren was also hurt, and the two of them died. The Xenomorph juvenile is killed and shot by the survivors.
Ripley is taken to the Alien nest, where Gediman is still alive and cocooned in part. The Alien Queen develops a uterus as a result of Ripley 8’s genetic contamination, and gives birth to a Xenomorph with human characteristics. The Alien Queen is unable to connect with the hybrid Xenomorph, who identifies Ripley 8 as its mother, and therefore kills Gediman. Ripley 8 takes advantage of the commotion to get away and find Betty.
The “Newborn Alien” intercepts the call and reaches Betty. When Distephano tries to help him, he is killed. Ripley 8 succeeds to board the ship and diverts Call’s attention. Ripley 8 melts a hole in the window with her acidic blood and pushes the hybrid towards it. Ripley 8 stares in horror as the monster is blown out of the window and into space by the decompression.
The survivors escape in the Betty while the Auriga’s countdown continues. When the Auriga collides with Earth, a massive explosion ensues. Ripley 8 is asked what they want to do next by the call, which stares down at Earth. “I’m not sure. “I’m a stranger here,” she says.
Alien vs. Predator (AVP)
AVP: Alien Vs. Predator is another name for Alien vs. Predator. This science fiction film was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson in 2004. The Alien vs. Predator crossover series is the inspiration for the film. Anderson, Dan O’Bannon, and Ronald Shusett, on the other hand, wrote the original tale. The script was inspired by Aztec mythology and comic book series by Anderson and Shane Salerno.
The film Alien Vs. Predator chronicles the exploits of a gang of archaeologists, paleontologists, and others. It was built for an expedition to Antarctica by millionaire Charles Bishop Weyland. He found a strange heat signal under the ice, which inspired Alien Vs. Predator to be created.
Weyland and his team uncover a pyramid buried under the ice and try to claim the lucrative treasure. The building is shown to be an old hunting field where Predators hunt and kill Aliens. As a result, humans get embroiled in a war between the two species.
A Predator spacecraft is spotted uncloaked, as well as numerous Predators. The Predators save their fallen friend, and one of their spearguns is given to Lex as a gift by an older Predator. Scar, who burnt her face with alien blood before he died, recognized her ability as a fighter.
The Predators’ spacecraft leaves Lex behind. Lex approaches a snowcat before fleeing the scene. The Predators leave a scar on a platform that is put in front of a ship’s glass. Scar’s chest bursts with a Predalien chestburster with Alien and Predator traits. This sets the stage for the events in Alien vs. Predator.
AVPR: Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
It’s the follow-up to Aliens vs. Predator. When the two warring E. Ts collide on Earth, there is a lot of collateral damage. On their way home, a Facehugger latched itself to one of the Predators. This implies that when the chest-burster reaches maturity, a hybrid species will walk the streets, wreaking devastation everywhere it goes. The “Predalien,” which kills all of the Predators on board, crashes the spacecraft back to Earth near Gunniston (Colorado).
There’s always a fallback option. The Predators on the home planet receive a distress call from the crashed spacecraft. The Predator is sent to erase any trace that the aliens have left behind. The Aliens embark on a killing spree after the Predator and Predalien do a lot of damage on their own. The Predator inadvertently creates a blackout, forcing everyone to work together to escape out of this nightmare.
As the fight for Earth proceeds, just a few townsfolk are up to the task. The only survivors are Dallas, an Excon, Sheriff Morales, and Dallas’ younger brother Ricky. There’s also Kelly, Molly, Jesse, Kelly, and Dale. Either they keep their heads together or they become another intergalactic prize for the hunter.
Order of Alien Films by Release Date
- Aliens are aliens (1979)
- Extraterrestrials (1986)
- Alien 3 is the third installment in the Alien franchise (1992)
- Alien: Resurrection is a sequel to Alien (1997)
- Alien vs. Predator (AVP) (2004)
- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (AVPR) (2007)
- Prometheus is the Greek god of fire (2012)
- Alien: Covenant is a science fiction film directed by Ridley (2017)
Is It Necessary to Watch Alien Films in Sequence?
The Alien films should be seen in the sequence in which they were released. Start with Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), and then go on to the prequels Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2012). (2017). Because they are not part of the same narrative, you may watch AVP: Alien versus Predator (2004) and AVPR: Alien vs Predator: Requiem (2007) anytime you choose.
The alien: awakening is an alien movie that was released in 2016.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the correct order of the Alien movies?
Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection
Are all Alien movies connected?
No, not all of them are connected.
Is Alien: Covenant a sequel to Prometheus?
Alien: Covenant is a sequel to Prometheus.