When comparing the sequel to the Edwards reboot, Dougherty explains that his film is more like James Cameron’s Aliens than Ridley Scott’s Alien. He told Cb:
"I hesitate to say it, but I would call it the 'Aliens' to Gareth's 'Alien.' So, it's a bit more of an ensemble thing, whereas the first movie was really more about Ford Body's character kind of weaving his way through that adventure and Monarch kind of was the backdrop for that. Here, Monarch was the focus.