The storylines of the science fiction film franchises Alien and Predator have been merged into a single continuity by the release of the films Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). The following is a fictional timeline of events as they unfold in both film series.


Date Description Film
2996 BC The Predators arrive on Earth. They teach humans to build pyramids, and are worshipped as gods.[1] Alien vs. Predator
October 10th 2896 BC The Predators return to Earth and begin a hunting ritual in which several humans sacrifice themselves as hosts for Aliens so that the Predators may hunt them as a rite of passage. This ritual continues every hundred years on the 10th of October. The Predators activate their self-destruct mechanisms if overwhelmed by the Aliens, which causes the destruction of some early human civilizations.[2] Alien vs. Predator
Early 18th Century AD One or more Predators visit Earth. Details of the events are unknown, but a Flintlock pistol bearing the inscription "Raphael Adolini 1715" is taken from this era.[3] Predator 2
1987 AD A Predator lands in Central America and hunts a U.S. Special Forces unit, but is defeated by Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer.[4] Predator
1997 AD A Predator lands in Los Angeles and begins hunting gang members and policemen involved in a drug war, but is defeated by Lieutenant Michael Harrigan.[3] Predator 2
Sunday, October 3rd, 2004 AD A Predator ship nears Earth, initiating a heat bloom beneath Bouvet Island near Antarctica which is detected by satellites belonging to Weyland Industries.[2] Alien vs. Predator
Sunday, October 10th, 2004 AD A Weyland Industries team led by company head Charles Bishop Weyland discovers a pyramid beneath Bouvet Island, where they are caught in a battle between the Predators and Aliens. Alexa Woods is the only survivor. As the Predator ship departs, an Alien/Predator hybrid creature erupts from the body of a dead Predator.[2] Alien vs. Predator
Thursday, October 14th, 2004 AD The hybrid creature attacks the Predators on board the ship, causing it to crash outside of Gunnison, Colorado. Several facehuggers and the hybrid creature escape, invading the town and creating more Aliens. A lone Predator arrives and fights the Aliens in a battle that ends with the United States government destroying the town with nuclear weapons. A recovered Predator shoulder cannon is delivered to a woman identified as "Ms. Yutani".[5] Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
2010 AD A mercenary named Royce, alongside 7 other humans are dropped in a game preserve planet by the "Super Predators". They are being hunted by the Predators, being killed off one by one. They would later met a U.S. cavalry soldier named Noland who survived in the planet for years. All 3 Super Predators are killed in the end. Predators
2122 AD The passengers of the deep space mining ship Nostromo, under contract to Weyland-Yutani, are awakened from hypersleep to investigate a signal coming from the moon LV-426. There, one of the crewmembers encounters Alien eggs and a facehugger attaches itself to him. The resulting Alien kills off the crew members until it is defeated by Ellen Ripley.[6] Alien
2179 AD Ripley accompanies a group of United States Colonial Marines aboard the Sulaco to investigate LV-426, after Weyland-Yutani loses contact with a terraforming colony there. They discover that Aliens have overrun the colony and encounter an Alien queen. Ripley, Corporal Dwayne Hicks and the sole surviving colonist, a young girl named Rebecca "Newt" Jorden, are the only survivors after the colony's atmosphere processing station explodes, and enter hypersleep for the return trip to Earth.[6] Aliens
2179 AD Several Alien eggs are on board the Sulaco and hatch while Ripley, Hicks, and Newt are in hypersleep. A fire breaks out and the hypersleep pods are ejected in an escape vessel, which crashes on Fiorina 161. Ripley is the only survivor is rescued by the inmates of an all-male prison facility. A facehugger is also aboard the escape vehicle, and an Alien soon attacks the prisoners. Ripley learns that she has an Alien queen gestating inside her, and after defeating the Alien she commits suicide to prevent the Weyland-Yutani corporation from obtaining it.[7] Alien 3
2356 AD Samples of Ripley's blood are recovered from Fiorina 161.[8] Alien Resurrection
2379 AD The United Systems Military (USM) clones Ripley aboard the USM Auriga and extracts the Alien queen from her. The Ripley clone shares part of the queen's DNA and has Alien-like abilities.[8] Alien Resurrection
2381 AD The USM breeds Aliens on board the Auriga for experimentation, which break out and overtake the ship. Ripley and several mercenaries escape while the ship crashes into Earth, destroying the Aliens with it.[8] Alien Resurrection


  1. Alien vs. Predator "Making-Of" Featurette. [Featurette]. 20th Century Fox.  Paul W.S. Anderson describes how AvP's past occurs 5,000 years before 2004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Alien vs. Predator. [Film]. 20th Century Fox. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Predator 2. [Film]. 20th Century Fox. 
  4. Predator. [Film]. 20th Century Fox. 
  5. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. [Film]. 20th Century Fox. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Aliens. [Film]. 20th Century Fox.  Carter Burke states that Ripley has been in hypersleep for 57 years. Burke later orders a Hadley’s Hope administrator to investigate the derelict on 6/12/79 (June 12 2179).
  7. Alien 3. [Film]. 20th Century Fox. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Alien: Resurrection. [Film]. 20th Century Fox. 

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