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Prey: Ending, Post-Credits Tease and Predator Easter Egg Explained

Predator prequel Prey — that’s fun to state aloud — found Hulu on Friday (and Disney Plus Star beyond your US), bringing the iconic sci-fi series back again to 1719. It pits among the alien hunters against Comanche Nation tribespeople like Naru (Amber Midthunder), and it’s really absolutely excellent.

“That is easily the very best Predator movie we’ve had because the original, with a well-developed protagonist (and her excellent dog), a rich cultural basis and clever usage of an iconic movie monster,” I wrote in my CNET review.

It builds to a memorable finale, hints at what happened afterward in its beautiful animated credits sequences and includes an incredible mention of 1990’s Predator 2. Let’s dive in — but be warned: These things can make you a SPOILER Tyrannosaurus, exactly like me.

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We are able to kill it

Having seen her fellow Comanche Nation warriors and the deeply unpleasant French poachers slaughtered by the Predator, Naru lures the beast right into a trap at night forest. She kills it utilizing a mix of her understanding of the surroundings, the weapons she’s gathered (including a familiar flintlock pistol with the engraving “Raphael Adolini 1715” — more on that later) and the Predator’s own tech.

Covered in the alien’s luminous green blood, she brings its decapitated return to camp and is honored as a hunter by her tribe. It mirrors the sequence where her brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) did so with the lion earlier in the movie, after she didn’t. In killing the Predator that took Taabe’s life, Naru has proved herself to function as tribe’s biggest badass.

Plus they all lived happily ever after. Except…

Predator revenge?

We get yourself a supercool animated recap of the movie’s events on the first portion of the credits, with one additional wrinkle. The ultimate image pans showing a Predator ship appearing out of storm clouds over Naru’s camp, implying that the aliens attacked again. Which doesn’t seem sporting of the Predators — you lost guys, go back home.

A Predator crouches in the background as Naru hides behind a tree in Prey

Naru could have faced the Predators again.

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It’s unclear how these events played out — perhaps we’ll learn in a sequel sometime — or if they took place. It is possible they left Naru in peace and the image is really a metaphor for later hunts involving humans, because the original Predator and its own sequels reveal that the aliens are kinda enthusiastic about battling us.

That could be wishful thinking though, because the flintlock pistol Naru got from murdered French poacher Raphael (Bennett Taylor) offers us a clue. It’s on her behalf belt when she returns to camp, but fans will know it turns up later in the series.

Raphael Adolini 1715

In Predator 2, which occurs in 1997, LAPD Lt. Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) and the primary Predator — referred to as the town Hunter — battle using one of the aliens’ ships. Following the human triumphs, a lot of other Predators decloak and seem prepared to murder him.

Instead, one of these flings him something special — Raphael’s 282-year-old flintlock pistol.

“Go on it,” the Predator growls to an astounded Harrigan.

At the minimum, this proves that the Predators took back this gun at some time in the intervening years. They might have killed Naru (because the credits image suggests they attacked her again), allied with her (humans are accepted by Predators in the Alien vs. Predator comics and the 2004 movie) or simply retrieved it after she died.

Prey apparently overwrites the events of the 1996 comic Predator: 1718, where among the aliens teams up with a pirate captain to fight his mutinous crew. The movie’s Raphael, the only person of the French poachers who doesn’t become a complete dirtbag, is presumably the main one whose name is engraved on the weapon.

The Alien vs. Predator comics were originally published by Dark Horse, however the license used in Marvel in the wake of parent company Disney nabbing the Alien and Predator rights after its 2019 Fox acquisition. They aren’t available to learn digitally, but Marvel might rerelease them enjoy it did with Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics.

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