Does Alien: Covenant have an after-credits scene that keeps moviegoers in their seats until the very end?
For those heading out to see the update to the Ridley Scott outer space thriller series, it’s a question that could save them quite a bit of time. With a running time of two hours and three minutes, Alien: Covenant viewers will want to know if they need to wait another five to seven minutes for the credits to end to see a final scene.
First, for those who aren’t familiar with the concept (or never bothered to stay until all the credits stop rolling to see what’s at the end), the after-credits scene is a final bit tucked at the very end of the movie. These often serve to wrap up an unresolved plot line or introduce a new character or element that will be picked up in subsequent sequels.
With Alien: Covenant likely leading into a new series of Alien movies, many were hoping to see an after-credits scene that might give a preview of what comes next.
So, does Alien: Covenant have an after-credits scene?
As the site Media Stinger noted, there is nothing either during or after the credits in Alien: Covenant but that the series is done once the credits roll. In fact, there will be another installment of the Alien series as soon as 2019, the Telegraph reported.
“I’ll probably be filming it within a year,” Scott told Yahoo Movies. “It’ll be out within a year and nine months. It’s weird when you’re writing, doing, planning, thinking about franchises, it’s amazing how it opens up and starts to evolve.”
Scott said he planned to make one or two more Alien movies, and the Telegraph noted that they could help fill the gap between Alien: Covenant set in 2104 and the original 1979 Alien movie, set in 2122. However, Scott also hinted that there could be another prequel to Alien: Covenant.
There are even some hints from Ridley Scott that the series could stretch much longer than the one or two he currently has in mind.
“If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald (via the Telegraph).
So even if there is no after-credits scene in Alien: Covenant to give viewers a glimpse of the series to come, there could be some other hints about where the series goes next. And there will likely be a big audience eager to see the movie, with estimates that it could take in up to $50 million in the opening weekend, knocking Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 out of the top box office spot.
As Deadline noted, Alien: Covenant has all the pieces in place for a successful summer blockbuster including a strong score from the critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
“Having already logged a 77% certified fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, Covenant is in excellent shape heading into the weekend, and in this die-hard summer tentpole market, a film needs to truly impress critics to ensure any kind of long-leg success,” the report noted, adding, “Covenant‘s great score is ahead of Prometheus which posted a certified RT of 72% fresh, earned a B CinemaScore, opened to $51M (a record debut for the sci-fi franchise) and legged out to a 2.5 multiple with $126M stateside and $403.4M global off a $130M negative cost before P&A.”
However, while there isn’t an after-credits scene in Alien: Covenant, there will definitely be more Alien movies to come and one small advantage for those heading out to the theaters — an early jump for the exits.
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