NewThe Aliens Vs Predator Chronology

Last Updated: January 2, 2018

The complete Aliens Versus Predator franchise

There are two different canons for this chronology, depending on whether or not the Aliens Versus Predator are included.

1987

Predator
The 1987 film on Blu-ray.

1997

Predator 2
The 1990 film on Blu-ray.

2004

Aliens Vs Predator
The 2004 film on Blu-ray.
Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem
The 2007 film on Blu-ray.

2010

Predators
The 2010 film on Blu-ray.

2089-93

Prometheus
The 2012 film on Blu-ray.
Prometheus is possibly also canonical in the Blade Runner universe.

2122

Alien
The 1979 film on Blu-ray.

2137

Alien: Isolation
The 2014 game for Xbox 360. (Also available for PS4, PS3 & Xbox One.)
Aliens: Defiance, vol.1
Reprints Aliens: Defiance #1-6 (April 2016 – October 2016).
Aliens: Defiance, vol.2
Reprints Aliens: Defiance #7-12 (December 2016 – June 2017).

2159

Alien: Out of the Shadows
Tie-in novel by Tim Lebbon, published in 2014.

2178

Reclamation
Tie-in short story by Yvonne Navarro, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur before the film Aliens.
Blowback
Tie-in short story by Christopher Golden, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur before the film Aliens.
Broken
Tie-in short story by Rachel Caine, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur before the film Aliens.
Exterminators
Tie-in short story by Matt Forbeck, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur before the film Aliens.

2179

Alien: River of Pain
Tie-in novel by Christopher Golden, published in 2014.
Occurs shortly before Aliens.
No Good Deed
Tie-in short story by Ray Garton, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Occurs during River of Pain but is best read after.
Aliens
The 1986 film on Blu-ray.
Dark Mother
Tie-in short story by David Farland, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Occurs during Aliens but is best read after.
Alien 3
The 1992 film on Blu-ray.

2180

Zero to Hero
Tie-in short story by Weston Ochse, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur after the film Aliens.
Deep Background
Tie-in short story by Keith R.A. Candido, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur after the film Aliens.
Empty Nest
Tie-in short story by Brian Keene, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur after the film Aliens.
Darkness Falls
Tie-in short story by Heather Graham, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur after the film Aliens.

2181

Chance Encounter
Tie-in short story by Paul Kupperberg, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story appears to occur after the other Bug Hunt stories.
Hugs to Die For
Tie-in short story by Mike Resnick and Marina J. Lostetter, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story appears to occur after the other Bug Hunt stories.
Dangerous Prey
Tie-in short story by Scott Sigler, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story appears to occur after the other Bug Hunt stories.

2189

Deep Black
Tie-in short story by Jonathan Maberry, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date specified in the story as ten years after Alien 3.

2219

Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone
Comic reprinting Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1-4 (September 2014 – December 2014) & Omega (February 2015); Aliens: Fire and Stone #1-4 (September 2014 – December 2014); Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1-4 (October 2014 – January 2015); & Predator: Fire and Stone #1-4 (October 2014 – January 2015).

2379

Alien: Resurrection
The 1997 film on Blu-ray.

2496-97

Alien: Sea of Sorrows
Tie-in novel by James A. Moore, published in 2014.

2691

Spite
Tie-in novel by Tim Lebbon, published in 2014.
Occurs shortly before The Rage War.

2692

The Rage War, Book 1: Predator – Incursion
Tie-in novel by Tim Lebbon, published in 2015.
The Rage War, Book 2: Alien – Invasion
Tie-in novel by Tim Lebbon, published in 2016.
The Rage War, Book 3: Alien Vs Predator – Armageddon
Tie-in novel by Tim Lebbon, published in 2016.
 
Note: the Aliens Vs Predator films are not considered canonical in the Predator universe due to conflicting details between them and Predators. A Viewing Order for that universe can be found here. In addition, due to conflicts with Prometheus, the AVP films are also not canonical in the Aliens universe. A Viewing Order for that universe can be found here.
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4 Comments

  1. Hello, first of all, thanks for this list. I just recently got back into the whole Alien universe, and I really like to read/view stories in their own internal chronology. So again, thank you for this resource. There are a couple of things I’m curious about:

    I’m guessing that this hasn’t been updated in a while? I’ve noticed that it doesn’t include the film Alien: Covenant or the Life and Death comic series, the latter of which follows Fire and Stone. Also there is another comic series called Alien: Defiance which I haven’t read yet, so I don’t know where it fits in. Covenant is main fly in the ointment here because, unfortunately, it basically eliminates all of the Predator films from the canon. It establishes that the Xenomorph as we know it is not created until the year 2104, making it impossible to exist in all the Predator movies, not just the AVP titles. Bummer, but it was Scott’s call, so there it is. Don’t know if this affects the Rage War novels, as I also haven’t gotten to those yet.

    Also a question: Is there a reason the list doesn’t include the large set of Alien novels that begin with Earth Hive? I know they had to change the names of Hicks and Newt since they got killed off in the Alien 3 film, but it still seems like they should get a mention, and they had a lot of interesting material. Anyway, again, thanks.

    • Hi Sam, you’re very welcome. I love doing this site. It has been a while since the last update, but that’s largely due to there not being a lot of new stuff to add/

      • Alien Covenant is not included on this page because of the contradictions you mention – it can be part of the Aliens timeline but not this one. This particular page tries to fit as much together as possible without major contradictions, so not everything can fit in it.
      • I haven’t added the Life and Death comics yet because I’m still waiting for the whole story to be completed – I think it’s about half way through at the moment (I read the comics in the collected editions, which unfortunately also adds to the delay).
      • Alien Defiance I somehow missed entirely, so thank you for bringing it to my attention – I’ll get right on that.
      • The Earth Hive and other material – and there’s a lot of it – isn’t included because the expanded universe canon was rebooted a couple of years back, and this page only includes material from the current canon. I’m hoping to do a version of the original expanded universe at some point, but it’s a big undertaking.

      I think I’ve covered everything there, but if I missed something, let me know. And you’re welcome 🙂

  2. Hey, Sam here, back with hopefully some helpful info.

    Finished Alien: Defiance, which was pretty good. It takes place in 2137 and seems to be roughly concurrent with the events of Isolation, but not in any important way. Only real relation is a flashback moment in which the main character reveals that Amanda Ripley used to be her doctor. I can get the IGNs to you if you want (it comes in two volumes), but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them. I got mine from Amazon.

    Life and Death is out now in volumes, which is how I prefer to read them, too. Same format as Fire and Stone: four volumes and a fifth extended length conclusion. I haven’t read them yet, but my impression was that they take place shortly after F&S. On a side note, I was having trouble finding the conclusion to F&S, so I went ahead and bought the full collection of it, and I do not recommend to anyone going that route as it is a huge tome. Seriously, you could kill a man with it. When I got the package in the mail, I accidentally dropped it transferring it to the passenger seat of my car, and it broke part of the center console. Yes, that actually happened.

    Lastly, just a thought. I don’t know who gets to decide what is and isn’t canon, but it seems to me that it’s actually Ridley that screwed up and broke his own rules. The original alien we know from the older films shed its skin like an insect or snake as it grew, but in Covenant they just grow with an ever expanding epidermis. However, this can still work in the universe, as David states that the eggs to which he exposes the crew are “perfected”, and in the book (and I think the deleted scenes) he shows Oram a dead egg of Engineer design which he used as a blueprint. So the two different versions could be just exatly that: two slightly different designs of the same organism. It would seem to me that this possibly makes the version found on LV-426 the original Engineer model, and therefore of indeterminate age, which makes their occurrence in the Predator universe entirely possible, and maybe even for AVP as well. I don’t remember what the conflict was between the Alien and AVP universes, but if it’s just timeline, that eliminates that. Not that I really care either way, I’m perfectly happy leaving the AVP movies out as I found them to be pretty crap, especially Requiem where my guess is that they blew their budget on the Predalien costume and couldn’t afford lighting. I mean, I know the films are supposed to be dark, but not so much that I feel I have to watch the movie in braille.

    Anyway, just wanted to pass on that info about the comics volumes and ramble a bit. Apologies for the latter. Hope you have happy holidays, and remember: they mostly come out at night… mostly. Cheers!

    • Hi Sam – sorry to take so long, the holidays got in the way. Thanks for the info about Aliens: Defiance, I’ve added that here and on the Alien page. I like your theory – it resolves the inconsistencies very well 🙂

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