'Prey': Will the Hulu flick connect to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster 'Predator'?

In all probability, 'Prey' will pretty much serve as a standalone movie.


                            'Prey': Will the Hulu flick connect to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster 'Predator'?
Amber Midthunder as Naru in a still from 'Prey' (20th Century Studios)
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The countdown to 'Prey' has begun and there have been ample theories and comparisons doing the rounds about the movie and the rest of the 'Predator' films that were released over the last couple of decades, starting with the 1987 original. The Hulu movie opened to rave reviews at the recently-concluded San Diego Comic-Con 2022 with critics praising the riveting storyline and the gripping horror.

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The official synopsis reads, "Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, 'Prey' is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries."

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How does 'Prey' connect to the 1987 movie 'Predator'?

In all probability, 'Prey' will pretty much serve as a standalone movie since it's actually well centuries from the 1987 movie. It might look at the earliest version of the alien coming to earth rather than set up a future film. Conversely, it could also suggest that it was this predator's entrance to earth that paved the way for the rest of the creatures to drop in. But for now, it seems rather disconnected from the rest of the movies that followed Schwarzenegger's blockbuster. It already has ample similarities to the creature in the movie — with the frame and structure, the cloaking tech, and the tri-beam laser among other things.

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While this isn't necessarily a connection, the movie could be a more violent version of the original. The fact that it's on the streamer and the rating that it comes with gives it the freedom to be more bloody, gnarly, and action-packed. But it is interesting to see if there is any connection to the actual movie.

'Prey' releases on August 5 on Hulu.

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