Marvel's parent company, the Walt Disney Company, recently purchased 20th Century Studios (previously 20th Century Fox) and many of its film assets, including venerable sci-fi/horror movies Alien and Predator.
Though the publishing licenses are new to Marvel Comics, comic books based on Alien and Predator have been published for decades, primarily through Dark Horse, who held the licenses for Alien since 1988 and Predator since 1989.
Alongside the announcement, IGN premiered a pair of exclusive images of Alien's Xenomorph and Predator's titular alien hunter, both drawn by David Finch.
"Alien and Predator are the two of the most identifiable, iconic characters of all time, and I love them for that," Finch tells IGN. "But mostly, it’s being fortunate enough to be a kid when they were new. I’ve seen every movie they’ve ever been in, and I cannot wait to see them wreaking havoc in the Marvel Universe. I drew my pictures of them with a massive smile on my face."
Eagle-eyed fans will notice Predator perched on what appears to be Avengers Tower, implying the franchises could cross into the larger Marvel Universe as Conan has done since Marvel reacquired his license in 2019.