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The only time it's said in any of the films is in Predators (2010) Isabelle says: It’s because we are predators, Royce. Just like them. Here's it's not used as a proper noun. There's no in-universe use of it as a proper noun. In the script for Predator 2 (1990) it is referred to as the Predator. his vision STEPS IN, downward, through the canyons ...


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No it does not. The opening sequence of the movie indicates the Engineers have existed for quite some time. it is implied they gave the genetic material which became all life on Earth. This fact alone makes their species very old indeed. Even if the Predators had been using the Xenomorphs for a long time as AVP suggests (20,000 years at least) the Engineers ...


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From the IMDb: Putting the Alien (1979) skull on the trophy case on the Predator ship was the idea of Stephen Hopkins' as a way of showing off all the different species and creatures that the Predators have hunted and killed. It was also a nod to the Dark Horse Aliens vs Predator comics which were quite popular at the time. Since Fox had owned the Alien ...


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We know that the Aliens have a hard exterior, but that alone does not prove that the creatures have no internal skeleton. Armadillos and tortoises sport hard body armor but also have endoskeletons. The insectile appearance of the Aliens suggests an exoskeletal structure, but scaling problems would cause a creature to collapse under its own weight unless we ...


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The Predator (Scar as he is called in Alien vs Predator) saw cancer in Charles Weyland's lungs. Scar considered Weyland unworthy prey. He only killed Weyland after being provoked by him. He implored the others to leave him behind and prepared to face the pursuing Scar alone, hoping to buy the others time to escape. However, the Predator refrained ...


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The Predators were supposed to be a metaphor for human sport hunters. In fact that was the working title according to Wikipedia: Predator was scripted by Jim and John Thomas in 1985, under the working title of Hunter. As we know, people who hunt for fun typically take part of their prey's body as a trophy, usually skulls, but also skin (i.e. leather) ...


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No, it wasn't intentional foreshadowing of the movie, but it was a direct reference to the Alien vs. Predator concept. When we see the Predator's trophy room, there is a wide array of alien skulls in there, representing the kinds of things the Predator has killed. Putting a xenomorph skull in was reportedly done at the suggestion of two of the effects ...


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I propose the skin is not taken as a trophy, there it lies beneath the hanging human carcass. Notice when the skinning takes place: at the beginning of the hunt. In Predator and Predator 2, both have occurrences of the Predator on the hunt making a point of making a hanging display to its intended prey as they enter the hunting territory. This probably is ...


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The Alien versus Predator movies are not in the same canon as the main Alien movies. Prometheus already showed signs of it: Yet accompanying the release of 2012's Prometheus, Sir Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to the Alien franchise, the promotional website Weyland Industries retconned the AvP movies from the canon by having Peter Weyland as the ...


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Aliens vs Predator: Requiem showed us what a Xenomorph would look like after gestating inside of a Predator: more images


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According to the AVP Wiki Aliens do not radiate heat, as their body heat matches the ambient temperature of the environment in which they are found But I don't think that means they don't show up on infra-red. It means they wouldn't show up if standing still in frond of a wall of the same temperature but once they start moving, and passing in front of ...


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Assuming I'm correctly understanding your question, it was established in the film that the Xenomorph eggs were brought by the Predators. It is unknown whether the Predators directly harvested said eggs, or perhaps acquired them from another race. Through translation of the pyramid's hieroglyphs, Alexa and Sebastian learn that the Predators have been ...


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There's an unspoken assumption here: that creatures with an exoskeleton don't also have an endoskeleton. That may be true for creatures on Earth, but Xenomorphs did not evolve on Earth. Given their extraterrestrial origin and evolution, I think it perfectly reasonable to think that Xenomorphs could have an endoskeleton in addition to their exoskeleton.


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Weyland had lung cancer, specifically bronchogenic carcinoma (warning, link has graphic images) The screenplay is pretty blunt. He doesn't forebear from killing Weyland because it would be dishonourable (in the same way that killing a pregnant woman would be shameful), it's because killing him wouldn't be worthy of his time. [Below: Human and Predator ...


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The film had persistent problems with lighting, as can be seen in the video below. When the light wasn't bright enough, rather than resetting (causing delay while the set and lighting are altered), the directors seems to have been content to simply film and hope that it could be fixed in post-production. Additionally, the dim ...


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I think this really depends on how you consider the Predators society to be: To me, they're simply trophy hunters. Collect the most exotic and most dangerous game as trophies. A Predator might fight with his own "agenda" ("fair game for good game"), but doesn't necessarily have to. Just because the game doesn't fight or runs away doesn't mean it would be no ...


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The Xenomorphs are almost certainly biological creations of the Engineers shown in the film Prometheus. Why? Xenomorphs are able to reproduce inside of human beings - Without specific adaptations do so this seems to be impossible. And since they don't come from world where human beings are native, they cannot have evolved to break down the bio-chemicals ...


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We don't know. James Cameron never wrote a back-story for them. The shortest answer is that there's no canon explanation for their origin. The writer; James Cameron never created a back-story for the xenomorphs, content that each movie should stand on its own merits as this interview shows; "Daniel Line asks more questions about the derelict which, as a ...


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The fundamental psychology of the Predators is still unknown to Humans. As such, we are not clear on their selection process for trophies. All of our information is based on anecdotal evidence. It could very well be at the end of their hunts, they only take the BEST trophy or trophies, honoring the prey that proved most worthy while the others are ...


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From the new movie "The Predator": Merc Soldier: Why do you call it the Predator? Traeger: It's a nickname, the data suggests that it tracks its prey, exploits weakness. Seems to enjoy it, like a game. Merc Soldier: That's not a predator, that's a sports hunter. A predator kills its prey to survive, what you're describing is more like a bass ...


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After reviewing a video footage of the Predator emplacing mines, along with images of the predator sprites used in the game the only conclusion I can draw is that he's pulling them out of his "Hyperspace Arsenal". There is literally no place he could hold a dozen mines, each the size of a can of tuna unless his rectum works ...


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According to the Predator Wikia the "Plasma Caster" is based on eye-tracking technology. The gun itself is shoulder-mounted and can be fired either using the wrist gauntlet or by some kind of hidden signal (such as a button inside the Biomask). The Bio-mask is a combination breather, video recorder and targeting system for the Plasma Caster. The various ...


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Notice when the skinning takes place: At the beginning of the hunt. In Predator and Predator 2, both have occurrences of the Predator on the hunt making a point of making a hanging display to its intended prey as they enter the hunting territory. This probably is inter-species communication, as a warning to the humans that they are entering the hunting ...


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Yes Depending from the game it was either a separate vision mode or cloaked Predator was visible in thermal: In the Aliens versus Predator video games, the Predator has four vision modes, regular vision (to fit in with the first-person shooter genre), thermal (spotting regular beings like humans), electric (gives a red background, used spotting Xenomorph's ...


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To use an analogy: Suppose I made some homemade wine. I'd research the method for wine-making, buy some equipment, use some ingredients and make wine. The process would be similar to one from thousands of years ago, but with some variations. Just because I made some bottles of homemade wine last Summer, it would be a fallacy to claim that all wine was made ...


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There is no plot hole. The writers used dramatic license. At the point in the movie where the Predator and the Predator Queen face off, they are never further apart than 6-8 yards. Their final battle is in hand to hand combat and at no point do they ever move apart again. Even if his vision would have been considered less effective than his mask-assisted ...


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The bigger plot hole in AvP was that they arrived at an antarctic whaling station and drilled down a 2000ft to reach the temple. The temple was supposedly built before the ice pushed over it, so imagine winding back time, all that ice melted and the temple revealed. Wouldn't the sea level go up from our current sea level. That temple would be deeep under the ...


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I think that one of the main characters said that the termal (heat) signal detected with the satellite was supposed to lure them there. That means that the predators orbiting the Earth must have a good understanding of the culture and psychology of Earth inhabitants. That is the only in-universe explanation given in the movie. Wealthy industrialist ...


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The predator is there as a clean up man. His killings leave no trace evidence that the humans can make use of. The alien victims though could have traces of alien DNA and the predators do not want humans getting a hold of that.


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Yes, and no. Although there are individual confrontations that take place solely between the Yajuta and the Xenomorphs, humans play a sizeable part in every licensed property in the Aliens Vs Predator franchise, with the main (human) participants usually being either Colonial Marines or civilian cannon-fodder. That being said, I was able to identify at ...


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