I agree with Nathsp on that one. I don't think either of the AVP films are massive disasters, to me they're just very mediocres. I've been through worst. They do have interesting ideas, and as much as they could've worked fine in the setting and context they chose for those movies, I think it's just a much better idea in general to make it in the future.
If they do AVP again now after The Predator, I don't think I'll want a film immediately set on the future tho, because it looks like they plan to develop it across the films before making an AVP crossover, like a proper shared universe, and I'm completely down for that if they pull it off. But we'll see, this film has to be a success first.
I think this shared a sizable role in the the film’s ultimate failure (among other elements of course.) While I still enjoy watching AvP(R), the stories were just...bad. I think part of the reason is due to the original stories being set in the future. The foundation was right there for them to use! So many different stories they could have chosen from, but instead they decided to come up with their own material from the outset - admirable in a way, but risky - and ultimately a story that was and has sort of always been meant to take place in the future was forced into present time. It just...doesn’t go well with traditional AvP. I feel like them changing the time period just set it up for failure from the get-go
Granted, I still like the movies for entertainment purposes, but that decision did not do AvP justice.