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Marvel Explores Alternate Alien Stories With “Aliens: What If…”

Alien fans are no strangers to alternate continuities. Is it Hicks and Newt who met General Spears, or is it really Wilks and Billie? Dark Horse explored the idea towards the end of their time with Alien, adapting William Gibson’s second draft of “Alien 3” and Dan O’Bannon’s very first draft of the original “Alien”. Now it’s Marvel’s turn with “Aliens: What If…”

For years, fans of James Cameron’s legendary Aliens questioned whether Carter Burke, a company man more hateable than the Xenos themselves, had actually survived the traumatic events on the terraforming colony Hadley’s Hope. Now the actor behind the beloved villain, Paul Reiser, joins his son Leon and the star-studded team of writers and producers Adam F. Goldberg, Brian Volk-Weiss and Hans Rodionoff for a journey back to Hadley’s Hope and the twisted escape of a man who should have died.

 Marvel Explores Alternate Alien Stories With "Aliens: What If..."

Written by Adam F. Goldberg, Brian Volk-Weiss and Hans Rodionoff and Burke himself Paul Reiser and son Leon Reiser with artwork by Guiu Vilanova, the first issue of “Aliens: What If…” will be hitting comic book store shelves on the 3rd of June 2024.

Following the announcement, writer Brian Volk-Weiss shared some information on Facebook on how Burke’s alternate fate came to be:

Ok, so def ending 2023 on a pretty crazy story; over a year ago I was talking to Adam F. Goldberg (creator of The Goldbergs) and as we were hanging up he said to me “hey, I work with Marvel Comics every now and then and they asked me to let them know if I had any ideas they could turn into a comic based on the IP Disney got after they bought FOX, so if you have an idea let me know!” And I responded immediately “Oh, I’ve had an idea for a long time that I can explain to you in four words; WHAT. IF. BURKE. LIVED?” Less than a day later he called me back and said Marvel loves the idea and wants to do it. So we did it! Then I called @paulreiserofficial, who I’ve know for over a decade, and asked him if he wanted to be a part of it, and before I could finish the sentence he said his own version of “YES!”

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  1. ralfy
    An alternative is that they got lots of transmissions from the colony, telling them about the facehuggers and alien attacks before the transmitter is damaged. Then they send a heavily-armed and larger task force to deal with multiple aliens, and a W-Y security team with scientists deployed to secure the derelict ship, and ICC and ECA officials paid off because the public is told that it's "some infestation" that can be dealt with using "our troops".

    That can be the context of the cartoon; also, it'll be so full of content they could even make it a series of features, if not something like a mini-series. For prequels to that, they could even use River of Pain, followed by Out of the Shadows as a spin-off, with other spin-offs to be considered (like some colonists able to escape, and depicting what happens to them, as well as Alien: Isolation).
  2. ralfy
    About making it back to earth, I read that there was one unused script for the third movie depicting that, i.e., an Earth-like town but created in a space station.
  3. Slutty Badger
    I'd like to see this story approach taken to other Alien films.

    What if Jacob Branson was able to escape his cryotube?

    What if Daniels and Tennessee sniffed out David before going into cryosleep?

    What if Ripley 8 decided to throw in her lot with the Xenos?

    Seriously, so many questions that should be asked...
  4. The Cruentus
    Not to mention poor Vasquez...and Gorman of course. They would probably have been taken to the hive and facehugged. Fortunately the place would blow up before they could be implanted.
  5. TheBATMAN
    What if... Gorman never got the chance to blow himself up?

    Would Newt have slipped?

    No need for Ripley and Hicks to go back downstairs.

    Newt doesnt get taken, Hicks doesnt get burned.

    No queen on the dropship, no damage to Bishop.

    No Alien 3.

    Fine margins these things.
  6. SM
    Dark Mother is a story from Bug Hunt in which (from memory) Burke cocooned having a change of heart and trying to save the day.  It's famous for having editorial notes left in it and not removed prior to publication.
  7. Mr.Turok
    My guess is that Burke manages to successfully do his plan that Ripley and co managed to sniff out from him.

    Have Hicks and Newt survive the crash during Alien 3, NOW THAT'S A WORTY "WHAT IF" to look at!
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