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Advent
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Directed by Ridley Scott
Produced by Ridley Scott
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Distributor 20th Century Fox
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Release date(s) May 12, 2017 (United Kingdom)
May 19, 2017 (United States)
Running time 6 minutes, 42 seconds
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Advent is a 2017 short film directed by Ridley Scott, and included as part of the Extras in the home video release of Alien: Covenant.

Plot

The film takes the form of a series of distorted transmissions from David to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation following his hijacking of the USCSS Covenant, and details - among other things - the fate of Elizabeth Shaw, the nature of his experiments on Planet 4, and his future plans for the "wolf" he has created.

The first transmission, coded D964ZB, consists of recorded footage showing David's laboratory on Planet 4, his experiments with Shaw's corpse, the Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15 pathogen, and Engineer and Neomorph specimens. Via voiceover, David introduces himself to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and describes his research and experimentation using the Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15 to create a variety of Neomorph strains using Planet 4's native fauna and tissue harvested from Engineer specimens, Neomorph specimens, and Elizabeth Shaw's corpse. David proclaims that after years of experimentation with hybridizing Neomorphs and unlocking the secrets of Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15, he finally has his "wolf" and will continue to perfect it using the colonists onbord the Covenant as test subjects, intending to create a Queen that will change everything. 

The second transmission, coded E240F, contains David's research notes and illustrations of Planet 4's natural life and the Neomorph variants thereof – some of which bear strong resemblance to the Facehugger.

The third and fifth transmissions, coded 21WT and B88Q, detail David's experiments on Shaw's corpse and the Engineer and Neomorph specimens in order to create the Xenomorph, and end with a warning that if Weyland-Yutani sets out to obtain his creation, it will be unleashed to rule the galaxy. 

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Trivia

  • The video reveals how Weyland-Yutani knew of the existance of the Xenomorph prior to the events of Alien.
  • David's exposition of his future plans for the Xenomorph indicate that he intends to use Daniels to create the first Xenomorph Queen.