At least as long as Gale and Zemeckis are alive, Back to the Future is safe....after that though...nevermind, I don't even want to think of it.
It's weird how the Colonial Marines have become an intricate staple in the Aliens universe in video games, comics and novels and they've still never made a return in the movies. So many amazing expanded universe stories involving them going completely ignored by the film industry.
The problem is that you can't do much beyond the template that the first movie did: stranded crew trapped with lone monster in tight spaces. Even ALIENS followed the format of the first film pretty closely. I've always been a bigger fan of the first film over the second because, despite their popularity, I always thought the Marines took away from what made the alien scary. It made it seem like anything else; it could be stopped with a gun and bullets. So each time it comes back, it needs to be bigger and badder. The core horrors of the creature dilutes with each iteration. The larger the world of ALIEN, the more has to be down to circle it back to what made the creature work in the first place: stranded crew trapped with lone monster.
It's unfortunate that it's stuck to that singular format but it's been proven anything else outside of that sucks.
Yep, not much you can do when the first/second one painted every concepts into a tight corner What else could they possibly think off into making another one?Yeah, exactly this. It's like slasher movies; ultimately the story is one note and you can't do much with the formula, just an endless cycle of bigger/more kills and a repetitive story line over and over.
Third: Focusing on the Marines? What else are they gonna do that they didn't in Aliens? We know what they're up against.