To be honest all I wanted is a true Alien Prequel, not just something that has Space Jockeys and Weyland in there, any fan could write a decent story about that. Alas, even though I'm expecting to see something I'll enjoy, I think I'm going to be disappointed at an opportunity lost. If I am right, while any success for Prometheus will mean more of the same, which is fine by me, I fear it may also likely open the doors for more AvP to join the dots, because FOX just doesn't know how to treat the Alien any more. I'll also add, it doesn't help when you have Sir Riddles saying stuff like 'the Alien has run it's course', that's just BS and annoys the hell out of me. The guy is supposed to be an artist, he's even talked about changing it, and I don't care what anyone says the Alien still has LOADS more to offer. It's all in the presentation as far as I'm concerned, something Scott should be more than capable of but it seems maybe isn't willing to do!
If there is some Xeno in any form in this movie, i hope that Ridley will expand on the xenomorph in the first movie and partially ignore the xeno in Aliens and completely the xeno in further movies.
I really like Aliens, but when i think about it the xeno in Aliens are way less terrifying and mysterious than the one in the first movie. Xeno in Aliens are mere insect like creatures far too easy to kill. If there were at least twice more and better prepared soldiers in Aliens then they would have wiped out all the Xeno perhaps with even less casualties. A few years ago ,my twin brother and I tried to count the number of Xeno killed and we came to the conclusion that the soldiers and Ripley killed almost all the Xeno in the movie before the destruction of the atmospheric processor. This means that a few soldiers were able to kill dozens ,or more likely over one hundred, Xeno in a relative short time and some of the humans even managed to survive. For sure it was very entertaining but this made the xeno weak, well less impressive and frightening than in Alien.
So if there is a Xeno in this movie, or in any other upcoming movie, i sure hope that the Xeno would be a being way more dangerous, powerful and smart than those in Aliens.
An interesting point which can be used to show a different but familiar xeno would be that the one on Alien was extremly young and had to undergo several evolutions to reach its final form which could be the one eventually shown in Prometheus, if there is a Xeno in Prometheus.
Btw, all the xeno we have seen in the movies, besides the queen in AVP, are quite young going from a few hours to a few weeks. How would look a Xeno several years, several decades or several centuries old ? Do they keep growing/evolving such as reptiles ? Do they go through several metamorphis during their lifetime ?
Those are points which can be explored to provide orginal/fresh point of view to the Xeno.