After years of waiting, 2022 finally saw the release of Amber Midthunter’s highly-anticipated movie Prey. Hailed as one of the best in the series according to fans, Prey also brought back a heavy dose of nostalgia from Predator 2.
The connection became even more prominent when during the last fight, Midthunter’s Naru brought back the gun from the pirate Raphael Adolini to finish off the predator.
As such, along with fans’ disappointment over not being able to watch Prey in the cinemas, as the movie had an OTT-only release, they seem bummed about the non-existence of a Predator vs Pirates movie to date. So inevitably, they have taken to Twitter to urge the studio into giving this brilliant idea a chance.
Amber Midthunter’s Prey opened the road for a Predator vs Pirates movie
2022’s Prey became a unique experience for fans of the franchise, as finally it reverts the story to the beginning. As in, Prey works as a prequel to Predator. And as a result, gains that much more creative freedom to explore its own storyline without relying on the other movies in the franchise too much.
It also highlights Amber Midthunter’s acting skills as she stuns as Naru, a Comanche warrior fighting with natural elements, colonizers, and the highly evolved Alien Predator alike, to keep her people safe.
Although the movie peppers references here and there, the major turning point, though, comes during the final fight when suddenly a Flintlock pistol engraved with Raphael Adolini 1715 appears.
It acts as a direct reference to the last sequence of Predator 2 set around 278 years after Prey, where a group of Predators arrive on Earth to collect their dead and throws that very pistol to Danny Glover’s Mike Harrigan.
While it implies their respect towards the humans strong enough to take out such a highly evolved killer, it also provides an earth-shattering revelation that they have been here on Earth for centuries, hunting humans for sport.
Now that very pistol, originally belonging to the pirate Raphael Adolini, was attacked by his own crew during a mutiny when they disagreed with his decision to return stolen gold to the Church for which it was originally intended.
However, a Predator kept close watch during this fight, and when the pirate captain successfully took out the entire crew, deeming him a worthy opponent, the extraterrestrial hunter goes to challenge him.
However, right before he could issue a challenge, one of the crew members, who was previously thought to be dead shoots the captain from the back.
The Predator kills the backstabber, and Adolini with his dying words gifts the pistol to him, as was described in detail in 1996’s A Decade of Darkhorse special anthology. Prey takes place exactly a year after this event, and as such, the potential for numerous prequels during this timeline is quite insane.
Fans urge 20th Century Fox Studios to make a Predator vs Pirate movie
Now getting a glimpse of this very potential seems to have thrown the fans into a frenzy. Feeling disappointed, they seem to be demanding a theatrical release of Prey, and urging the studio to take the idea of a Predator vs Pirate set in the ocean seriously.
From claiming they would literally give anything to watch that happen, to saying they shouldn’t have released the best movie in the franchise just on ott platforms, fans seem to be having a field day.
not putting this in theatres was crazy pic.twitter.com/tOYGGk9reo
— ً (@HailEternal) May 28, 2023
I’d honestly do anything for a 1712 Predator versus Pirates film to make it into theaters (which they canonically set up in Predator 2.)
Would totally watch Prey as a double header with that in the big screen!https://t.co/5yaSuO0gie
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) May 28, 2023
this movie took something we already knew and made it completely new. I LOVED IT
— isaiah. (@loserh0mo) May 28, 2023
Prey has the pistol that pays off in Predator 2
— Elongated Muskrat (@Guschavez) May 28, 2023
You could honestly just drop a Yautja from Predator in any setting and it could make a cool film. Throw them aliens at some knights, samurai, pirates or whatever and it can work.
— Cal DW (@CalDW_Birdy) May 29, 2023
It is interesting that just a few days ago the previous licensing director of 20th Century Fox Studios before Disney’s acquisition, Joshua Izzo, claimed that there is an entire, completed Alien vs Predator anime series locked in Disney’s dungeons with no probable release date in sight.
As such, whether this Predator vs Pirate idea will ever see the light of day is pretty hard to say for now. However, one thing is for sure, be it the anime, or the movie, with the potential story materials in store, they should be an amazing experience if they do indeed get released one day.
Prey is available to watch on Disney+.