A new fan-made video recaps the entire evolution of the Predator franchise in one quick animated video. The Yautja or Hish-Qu-Ten, commonly referred to as Predators, made their debut in the 1987 film Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since then, the extraterrestrial species have gotten several sequels, most recently The Predator directed by Shane Black.
The first sequel came in 1990, and centered around a Predator that traveled to LA during a drug war and was hunted down by a police officer (Danny Glover). The series then crossed over with the Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise for two crossover films, before returning a few years later with Predators starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, and Alice Braga. The newest film, The Predator, came out this year, but wasn't very well received by fans or critics, and wasn't considered a box office success. While the quality of the Predator films has fluctuated over the last 30 years, so has the design of the Predator creature itself.
This new video by Tell It Animated shows the evolution of the Predator design, while also giving viewers a slight recap about the plot of each film in the Predator franchise. Tell It Animated explains that while the first film introduced the character's iconic dreadlocks, silver armor, and high-tech weaponry, the future movies each made significant changes to the Predator's armor and even his anatomy. Tell It Animated's full video explaining the evolution of the Predator franchise can be seen below.
While the main design of the Predator has changed over the years, the franchise has also introduced other new horrific creatures. Not only did a Xenomorph/Predator hybrid come to be at the end of Alien Vs. Predator, but Predators also introduced fans to Flusher Hounds, commonly referred to as Predator Dogs. Things got even weirder this year, as The Predator almost introduced fans to a monkey/Predator hybrid. The end of the last movie also introduced movie-goers to a new Predator Killer Suit, but it is unknown if this storyline will be developed in another film.
Any franchise that lasts 30 years is going to go through some aesthetic changes due to technology developing and special effects artists coming and going. However, the Predator franchise has completely overhauled their original creature in recent years. While there doesn't seem to be any concrete plans for another Predator sequel, fans of the series will surely want to see how the character continues to develop now that Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox.
Source: Tell It Animated