Alien vs Predator timeline art, featuring a predator with a marine and an alien on either side.


The Alien vs. Predator franchise is littered with canonical holes and continuity problems. However, it is pretty clear that the primary Alien films, Predator films, and Prometheus are all canon. The Alien vs Predator films are not canon, but I’ve included them anyway, just for fun. There are also a lot of video games, books, and comic books in the series. Most of these are non-canon, but Fox did endorse the recent two Alien video games as canon, so I’ve included those as well. So hopefully that’s not too confusing.

For those who want to see all of the comics and books that are part of the Alien/Predator timeline, I’m sorry there’s little I can do here, since this timeline focuses just on the canon. Little of the tie-in media has any care for continuity. But with pop culture’s recent glorification of “canon” there may be some comics or novels that become part of this timeline in the future, especially with more films on the horizon. This timeline does, however, include the novelizations for certain films, so you can enjoy reading those at least. Here’s the Alien/Predator story timeline.


#Time:Buy:Name:Type:Author/Director:Year:Notes:
11980'sBuyPredatorFilmJohn McTiernan1987
21980'sBuyPredator 2FilmStephen Hopkins1990
3ModernBuyPredatorsFilmNimrod Antal2010
4ModernThe PredatorFilmShane Black2018
5ModernBuyAlien vs PredatorFilmPaul W. S. Anderson2004
6ModernBuyAlien vs Predator RequiemFilmColin Strause2007
72093BuyPrometheusFilmRidley Scott2012
82103Alien: CovenantFilmRidley Scott2017
92122BuyAlienFilmRidley Scott1979
102122BuyAlienNovelAlan Dean Foster1979
112137BuyAlien: IsolationGameThe Creative Assembly2014
122179BuyAliensFilmJames Cameron1986
132179BuyAliensNovelAlan Dean Foster1986
14Shortly after 2179BuyAlien 3FilmDavid Fincher1992
15Shortly after 2180BuyAlien 3NovelAlan Dean Foster1992
16Shortly after 2181BuyAliens: Colonial MarinesGameGearbox Software2013
172379BuyAlien: ResurrectionFilmJean-Pierre Jeunet1997
182379BuyAlien: ResurrectionNovelA. C. Crispin1997

12 thoughts on “Alien vs. Predator Timeline

    1. 1987 – Predator

      1997 – Predator 2

      2004 – Alien Vs Predator

      2004 (again) – Alien Vs Predator: Requiem

      2010 – Predators

      This film can’t take place after “the predator” (Royce using AA 12 automatic combat shotgun 2005 version)

      2018 – The Predator

      (The film ends with a cliff hanger and basically they are getting ready for invasion coming to earth…. So this plot hole contradicts predators being after it because the invasion would happened and humans in predators would know about them)

    1. Can some one explain how predators is after
      the predator. It makes no sense placing it their because there’s a civl war going on between in the predator and super predators. Placing the movie after contradicts the predator bigger plot….

    2. 1987 – Predator

      1997 – Predator 2

      2004 – Alien Vs Predator

      2004 (again) – Alien Vs Predator: Requiem

      2010 – Predators

      This film can’t take place after “the predator” (Royce using AA 12 automatic combat shotgun 2005 version)

      2018 – The Predator

      (The film ends with a cliff hanger and basically they are getting ready for invasion coming to earth…. So this plot hole contradicts predators being after it because the invasion would happened and humans in predators would know about them)

  1. 1987 – Predator

    1997 – Predator 2

    2004 – Alien Vs Predator

    2004 (again) – Alien Vs Predator: Requiem

    2010 – Predators

    This film can’t take place after “the predator” (Royce using AA 12 automatic combat shotgun 2005 version)

    2018 – The Predator

    (The film ends with a cliff hanger and basically they are getting ready for invasion coming to earth…. So this plot hole contradicts predators being after it because the invasion would happened and humans in predators would know about them)

  2. 1st question: the little probes used for mapping in Prometheus surely would have been improved upon by the time Ripley is recovered 57 yrs after the Nostromo incident. When the Marines show up to check on the LV426, why didn’t they use some advanced tech to scan the colony and reactor from orbit? Having done that and discovered the xenomorphs, they could have nuked the site from orbit and saved billions of dollars in equipment and personnel as I suspect a starship costs more than a fusion reactor.
    2nd consideration: if all the predator and avp movies and what-not are canon, then having a hidden subroutine in all ship computers to attempt to obtain a specimen of a top secret alien species would make more since to wake up a crew and risk millions or more in ship and cargo of a mining ship. It would have made more since for Mother to report the odd find upon returning and let a salvage/rescue operation go check it out.
    Therefore, my hypothesis is that that the gov and its top contractors who become the super corporations controlling the world and colonies know of the Aliens (and probably Predators) but keep it top secret so no one fears going out into space. The desired live capture of these creatures would better explain Mother’s actions on the Nostromo (and no Ash’s) as well as the expenditure of lives and resources in the 2nd movie.

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