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The Predator franchise is a science fiction action franchise, consisting primarily of a series of films focusing on the Yautja, commonly referred to simply as "the Predator", an extraterrestrial creature that hunts and kills other dangerous lifeforms, including humans, for sport and honor. Produced by 20th Century Fox, the franchise started with the 1987 feature film Predator, and continued with two sequels, Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010). A fourth film is currently in development. The series has also inspired numerous books, comics and video game spinoffs.

In addition to the Predator franchise is the Alien vs. Predator franchise, including the feature films Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), which pits the titular Predators against the Aliens from the Alien franchise.


Predator (1987)Edit

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A team of elite mercenaries is dispatched to the Republic of Val Verde to eliminate a guerrilla force in the area. However, once their mission is complete they find themselves being hunted by an extraterrestrial lifeform that kills for sport. Gradually the team is slaughtered one by one, until only their leader Dutch remains for one final showdown with the creature.

Predator 2 (1990)Edit

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Ten years after events in Val Verde, a new Predator arrives in Los Angeles to hunt the city's armed inhabitants. Its trail of slaughter brings it into conflict with a veteran cop and his team investigating the gangs, as well as a secret government taskforce attempting to capture the alien alive for study.

Predators (2010)Edit

Main article: Predators (film)

A group of hardened killers and criminals find themselves transported across space to an alien planet where they are hunted by a new breed of Predators. They discover these Predators have been using the planet for centuries as a ground for hunting dangerous game from across the universe, and must find a way to escape before they all fall victim to the alien creatures.

"Predator 4"Edit

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A fourth film in the franchise, to be directed by Shane Black, was confirmed by 20th Century Fox on June 24, 2014.[1]


As well as novelizations based on the first two Predator films (Predator by Paul Monette, and Predator 2 by Simon Hawke), there are numerous expanded universe novels set in or based on the Predator series. The first three of these (up to and including Predator: Big Game) are adaptations of Dark Horse Comics Predator comic book series; subsequent novels have been original stories.

Comic Books Edit

Dark Horse ComicsEdit

Main article: Predator (comics line)

The vast majority of the comic books based on the Predator franchise have been published by Dark Horse Comics. These include adaptations of two of the three Predator films, as well as a large number of original comics set in the Predator universe.

Non-Dark Horse comic booksEdit

While Dark Horse are by far and away the most prevalent publisher of Predator comics, a small number of officially licensed comic books based on the franchise have also been released by other publishers. These are not considered a part of Dark Horse' continuity, and have never been collected together with Dark Horse stories.

Video GamesEdit

There have also been several video games based on the series, some of which have been (sometimes loose) adaptations of the films.

See AlsoEdit


  1. "The Hollywood Reporter - Fox Rebooting 'Predator' With Shane Black (Exclusive)". Retrieved on 2014-06-25.

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