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.
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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