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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Did the first Predator betray his race as a revenge for the genetic experiments he was subjected to, or out of genetic empathy for humans, whose DNA he received? Or both? Or, considering the longstanding canon of how there have been humans who have worked with Predators in not just comics and novels, but in films (case in point, Alien vs. Predator, Predators), could this Predator see humans as potential allies to help fight the Ultimate Predators?
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    • Did he really intend to give the Predator-Killer supersuit to the humans to defend themselves from the Predators as Traeger and McKenna speculate? Or did he just come to Earth to hide it? Keep in mind that at the beginning of the movie the Predator kills two of Quin's men even though he could have easily just evade the group and go on undetected, so it's more than likely that Traeger and McKenna were completely wrong about his noble intentions. Maybe he simply stole the suit for himself and by chance ended up on Earth after being chased by the Ultimate Predator.
    • By that standard, were they also right that the Yautja were planning to invade Earth because of global warming? In other media portrayals while they were always obsessed with the hunt, they were completely disinterested in organized warfare and would lose interest in a planet that challenged with open war. While this seems to be a huge departure from canon, it could easily be shrugged of as the humans misunderstanding the situation, since most of the exposition in the movie comes from them speculating rather than a Predator actually revealing anything about their motives.
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    • Were all previously seen Predators collecting DNA from their trophies to modify themselves this whole time like the movie alludes to? Or were the Fugitive Predator and the Ultimate Predator both members of a clan of "Bad Bloods", or Predators shunned by the rest of their species for abandoning their Code of Honour, similar to the Super-Predators? Due to Shane Black's remarks on the Ultimate Predator being a cheater and the Yautja previously being shown as respecting and sparing prey if they managed to slay a fellow hunter, which would be counterproductive if their objective was to collect DNA from strong specimens, many prefer to believe the latter.
  • Ass Pull:
    • The movie decides to up and rewrite 30 years worth of film continuity by saying the Predators were never just trophy hunting, but stealing DNA to modify themselves. This is especially jarring as previous lore showed that Yautja were disgusted and offended by genetic modification, as it diluted bloodlines.
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    • Even in its own continuity, the movie still screws things up with the reveal that the Fugitive Predator was actually trying to help humans. So why was hunting down and killing Quinn's first team in traditional Yautja fashion the first thing it did when it got to Earth, with no indication of ulterior motives?
  • Awesome Art: The poster that was teased at SDCC 18.
  • Contested Sequel: Does it revitalize the series in fun and outrageous ways along with an 80s action vibe, or one disappointing sequel that goes too far from the rest of the series? (A few of the dissers even claimed it to be worse than Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, considered the lowest point for three franchises.)
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • "Scientists" within the film repeatedly refer to the Predator's natural armor as "an exoskeleton under their skin". Note that an exoskeleton is only an exoskeleton if it's specifically an outer layer (as in, that's literally what exoskeleton means), and otherwise would be an endoskeleton. Or, as you may commonly know it, a regular skeleton.
    • The idea that autism is the "next step in evolution" is complete nonsense, and laughably outdated by modern scientific standards. Even taking the unrealistic Evolutionary Levels trope into effect, it still doesn't work, because the effects of autism run directly counter to what evolution stands for. (Autism hinders social interaction, thereby diminishing an individual's chances of surviving and passing on their genes, and while its neurological effects might have some situational advantages in a survival scenario, they are much less useful in modern society.) While people with autism can have sometimes higher intelligence than people without it in certain fields, autism is still not something that many would argue is an evolutionary advancement since the negatives brought by it can be varied and difficult to gauge. The fact that Casey, an actual evolutionary biologist, is the one who says this makes it even more preposterous.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Sterling K. Brown's Agent Traeger has been called a highlight of the movie by fans and critics alike. Some people called him more charismatic than the leads, and his abrupt and anti-climactic death was a major point of criticism.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: While the movie is supposed to be in the same universe as the previous films, a good portion of the fanbase wanted nothing to do with it. Usually they'll either ignore it out of disdain or treat it nothing more as poorly written Alternate Continuity or a What If? related story made with not too much brilliance.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: The idea that the Yautja have been taking trophies all this time to steal human DNA has not gone over well with many, if not most fans of their history and lore.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation: The Image Boards had a lot of fun with this film's portrayal of autism as a Disability Superpower, making it literal "weaponized autism".
  • Narm: Enough to have its own article.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Most of the first part of the film runs on Quentin Tarantino-esque dialogue, juvenile Black Comedy and unapologetic action film tropes from The '80s, and whether it succeeds or not with them is up to the viewer. However, for good or bad, it can be said it makes for a rather entertaining, even unpredictable product.
    • Coyle and Baxley shooting each other. It initially seems like Baxley is going for a Mercy Kill to spare Coyle a long and painful death. Then Coyle takes out his gun and you might wonder if it wouldn't be easier (and with smaller chances to fail) for each of them to use their own gun on themselves. However, their friendship and the solemnity of the scene still makes it a genuinely touching moment.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The plot point about Predators (specifically, the Super Predators) adapting themselves with DNA from their prey goes back to the script for Predators, and though explicit mentions of this were dropped, a line implying it remains in the final film, though only in relation to their tactics and gear.
    • The concept of Human-Predator hybrid was brought up in the 2005 video game Predator: Concrete Jungle, though the roles are reversed this time.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Just days before the film was set for picture lock and a week before release, the film became the center of ugly attention in the midst of the #MeToo era. It turned out Olivia Munn discovered a month prior that Steve Wilder, a friend of Shane Black who had a bit part in the film, was a convicted sex offender. Made worse by the fact that Black was aware of Wilder's past actions, the actor having been similarly hired for Black's previous two films and Wilder playing a character that makes unwanted advances at Munn's character (who, herself, is a real-life victim of sexual harassment). Fortunately, the studio responded by having his scene cut, but given the film’s financial disappointment, it seems likely that the deluge of news stories addressing the controversy didn't particularly help the box office returns.
  • So Bad, It's Good: While few will say it's a good Predator movie, there are some who enjoy the '80s Narm schlockfest that it is and the Narm Charm that it delivers.
  • Special Effects Failure: Possibly as a result of being hurriedly reshot due to negative test screenings, the final act of the movie has some pretty weak CGI compared to the first two acts. Special mention goes to the Ultimate Predator biting off a soldier's head in the trees.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The Predator-dog suddenly acting exactly like a real dog upon its Heel–Face Turn. Many fans were baffled at such a sentimental element being put into this particular franchise.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: An important complaint of the film is how out-of-character the Predator race feels in comparison with the rest of the franchise. The Predators genetically modifying themselves, taking part in a Deadpool-esque comedy scene, seeking out body parts not only as hunting trophies but as genetic samples, calling an unarmed, mentally disabled child his species' "greatest warrior", shooting enemies around with energy weapons without regard for their famous honor standards towards opponents, creating Predator-dogs out of their own race, and building super-suits are all ideas which stray so far away from known Yautja lore and culture that they seem like something out of a completely different movie, and not a good one. It is better exemplified by the main villain, who not only is genetically modified into barely resembling a Predator anymore, but does not even use any of his race's signature weapons and armor in the first place.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Sterling K. Brown's Will Traeger featured prominently in the trailers and has been considered something of a highlight by critics, who express disappointment that he's really only in a handful of scenes. His death comes so quickly that you'd be forgiven for missing it, especially in the dark forest scenes.
    • Sean Keyes. For the son of an important character from a previous film, and despite being one of the most advertised cast additions, you could easily forget he is in the movie, as he only appears near the beginning and does very little.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • More like "they wasted a good joke", but the Halloween setting adds almost nothing to the film and neither of the Predators spend much time in the suburbs. The Predator walking around on Halloween and scanning Trick-r-Treating kids to identify if their toy weapons are real or not, anyone?
    • A common criticism is that while the movie has interesting ideas like the Predator attacking the suburbs, PTSD vets banding together to survive, a government conspiracy, and etc., too many of these plot threads are crammed into the film's 107 minute runtime, thereby turning its story into a confusing mess and leaving these ideas underbaked.
    • Possibly influenced by the aforementioned Predators, many people were expecting at least one heroic Predator to make it to the end of the movie and help the heroes against the wicked Super Predator in the final battle. In fact, judging by leaked pics of the film's production (which show not one, but two Predators helping them), this was actually the original plan for the third act before it was reshot.

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