Brendan O’Neill sent us a link to this picture, which is apparently the first image from Alien vs Predator 2, and it’s a doozy. And by doozy I mean a complete piece of crap.

There’s something about the rubbery Xenomorph suit that calls to mind the crummier Godzilla movies. The Predator looks good enough, I suppose, but as Brendan points out, why is he using a targeting laser at head-butting distance? It’s actually the presence of the laser that makes me question the reality of the photo, but the truth is that I can completely believe that AVP2 will look exactly this bad.

For reasons that I don’t fully understand, AVP2 will be coming out in December of this year. It isn’t like they’ll be shooting throughout 2007 (in fact, are they done already?), and I strongly doubt that there will be massive amounts of expensive CGI effects to work on throughout the year. I guess Fox just wants to keep the film away from this summer’s franchise bloodbath.