There is a good chance that the following post may spoil the films in the Predator series for those who have not seen it. This spoiler warning is for you. If you haven't seen it, then do not read this post.
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After seeing Predators again, there were a couple of thoughts that popped into my head about the franchise and items/people in them. Maybe I can get others thoughts about this.
The first thing that popped into my head was the fact that, as far as I am aware (unless someone can tell me otherwise), we have not seen a female Predator, which was strikingly odd to me. I mean, when it came to the Xenomorphs in Alien films, we've seen what is basically the female of the species (with the Queen in Aliens) and what someone could sort of call the "male" of the species, I don't know if it counts or not, but the Facehuggers obviously seem like they're the closest you can get to a male in the entire Alien's lifespan). But when it comes to the Predators in the Predator films, we have never encountered one that seemed to indicate that it was the female of the species. I thought maybe someone would have already addressed this, so I went online. I found a forum post where someone also appeared to have the same type of curiosity and fans were arguing against having a female Predator that was noticeably female. Someone pointed out the fact that most fan drawings have the attributes of Earth females, basically shapely hips and, obviously, breasts, stating that the Predators were reptiles and that they wouldn't have breasts. I thought the whole argument was completely ridiculous, but after reading some more, I found out that one of the Predator's Expanded Universe stories laid out that there were female Predators in the society, and that not only did they have breasts like human females, but that they were actually much larger than the males (and, apparently, the society was Queen-ran, but I could have misread that).
Now, to me, I would think that if you were going to do a female Predator, there'd had to be some way to show the difference between them, and that leaves you with limited choices. Since most of the Predators in Predators were larger than the original Predator (as we see with the one that was tied up in the film), that pretty much rules out the idea of the females would be bigger than the males (unless someone, somewhere, in another movie is going to explain the three we see in Predators were actually females all along). The only other options I could see are these: 1. the obvious feminizing the Predator's design (which I'm sure a lot of people would disagree with). 2. Have a specific color palette that only applies to the female Predators (sort of similar to peacocks in real life, how the females are just brown and white while the males are the more colorful ones, you know what I mean?). 3. Make the females somehow faster, stronger, more agile and possibly more deadly than the males (to go with the old saying, of course). Frankly, I don't mind the first option, as I've seen a lot of sketches, models, custom action figuress and even some female cosplayers as female versions of the Predator that seem to show that such a design is possible (though most of the art I've seen has been more fan-service than legit designs). Just as long as they don't go completely overboard with it, I don't see how it could be a problem.
Now, onto my second thought, which is something I'm sure a lot of us have an opinion on. And that is the issue with the whole "mud as camo" thing. Now, I know the Mythbusters have proven that you cannot mask your body's heat with mud, no matter how thick you put it on. But, after doing some thinking, I think I know how the mud works as camo (and it's not about masking heat, either) against the Predators. I could very well be wrong about this, but could it be possible that the mud was actually interfering with the Predator's technology to read body heat, not covering up for the heat itself? I mean, mud is wet dirt. Dirt is composed of minerals. Could it be possible that the mineral composition of the dirt somehow interferes with the technology for it to read body temperature, not that mud cools the skin and thus not making your body heat register with the Predator's tech? I'd like to know what you guys think about that.
I know these two things seem silly to think about, but like I said, they're a couple of thoughts that just came to me after watching the movie again recently. What do you guys think about these two topics?