Marvel Comics has officially acquired the rights to both Alien and Predator

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Alien, Predator, Marvel Comics

Let it be known that Marvel Comics isn't about to let something like a global pandemic keep them from landing the rights to iconic franchises like Alien and Predator. While Marvel has yet to reveal specific titles or creative teams for series based on either character, IGN was given the go-ahead to debut teaser images of the dynamic duo drawn by David Finch (Batman, Wonder Woman, Moon Knight).

You can check out Finch's version of a Xenomorph from Alien below. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the Xenomorph is aboard the Benatar, which belongs to the Guardians of the Galaxy:

Alien, Predator, Marvel Comics, David Finch

In addition to Finch's Xenomorph art, IGN also shared his version of a Predator, who looks to be standing atop Avengers Tower while holding the severed head of an Iron Man suit:

Alien, Predator, Marvel Comics, David Finch

Now, before you go getting all excited, the Predator tease is not meant to give you the impression that the two franchises will cross paths in the Marvel Universe. That's bogus news, I know. Be that as it may, IGN says that Marvel's "new comics will instead expand on the characters and settings of the various Alien and Predator movies." That said, it's entirely possible that Marvel Comics is keeping certain cards close to the chest, and that both iconic characters could crossover with the Avengers or other characters down the line.

Both Alien and Predator have been a part of the Dark Horse Comics brand since 1988 and 1989, respectively. However, since Disney owns Marvel, and Marvel now falls under Disney's influence, it's easy to see why both properties are changing hands. How Marvel plans to welcome Alien and Predator into the fold remains to be seen, though one thing's for certain, both franchises have lasting appeal and are likely to continue being a part of a rich and terrifying comic book universe.

Who knows? Maybe Marvel fans will get an Alien Kills the Marvel Universe at some point soon. Or perhaps a book that finds the Avengers running afoul of Predators during a hunt. When you think about it, the sky is the limit when it comes to what Marvel Comics can achieve, and I'm certain that plenty of fans will be there to see how this all pans out.


About the Author

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.