The aliens are portrayed as explorers and knowledge seekers. When Spalko presents the skull to them, they are grateful and offer a reward.

Why does the alien suddenly become malevolent, even doing the cliche lean into the camera sneer?

Was this just Spielberg being lazy and ripping off Raiders of the Lost Ark beat by beat, with the typical "greedy blond Nazi/Russian women must die"?

Leaning Alien

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    I can see exactly what that alien is thinking. "These humans, give them a finger, and they'll take the whole hand " – Boelabaal Oct 11 at 9:15
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    And that was not a proper reaction to villain wanting their knowledge for domination over people (or whatever she'd do with it)? – Mithoron Oct 11 at 13:27
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    that's the problem obviously the alien would have been of this. – James Anderson Oct 13 at 9:23
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    I'd look up a clip to try to answer this, but then I'd be watching Crystal Skull again and I'm not sure that's worth the rep – Punintended Oct 13 at 17:54

The unsourced comment on IMDB is that:

This movie continues the Indiana Jones tradition of killing off the lead villain through paranormal means related to a consequence of the villain's own greed.

Spalko wanted all their knowledge, and she got it. Whether the aliens made a moral judgement (or even realised that she would not survive) doesn't appear to be explicitly answered.

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