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- 2 posters of a supposed movie called “The omicron variant” circulate on networks, suggesting that this is proof that the appearance of the latest worrying variant of the coronavirus is part of a secret agenda.
- However, both posters are about a montage of 2 science fiction films that did exist in the 60s and 70s, but that have nothing to do with the new coronavirus.
- Also, there is no movie called “The omicron variant” as viral publications point out. In 1963 the film “Ómicron” was released, but it is about an alien that enters the body of an earthling.
They circulate on social networks 2 posters from a supposed movie from the 60s called “The omicron variant.” The publications suggest that this sci-fi movie is not a “fluke”, but is proof that the appearance of the latest worry variant of the coronavirus is part of a secret agenda.
However, this is fake. The 2 posters -which had almost 6 thousand “Like” on Twitter and were shared on Facebook – they are about a montage and, furthermore, there was never a movie with that title.
The 2 posters are a montage and the films are not about any virus
Through a reverse image search on Google, Checked could verify that the first circulating image belongs to a poster for the 1974 film “Phase IV” (“Events in the IV phase”, in Spanish), directed by the American Saul Bass.
On the left, the fake poster circulating on social media. On the right, the original poster of the movie “Events in Phase IV”.
The film, contrary to what the posts claim, is not about any virus, coronavirus or variant. According to its description, it is about “an army of intelligent ants (…) that achieves supremacy on Earth, initiating a new stage for the planet”.
Similarly, the second poster circulating on Twitter is also a montage. Through a reverse image search on Google, this medium verified that the image corresponds to a 1966 film titled “Cyborg 2087” and directed by Franklin Adreon.
On the left, the fake poster circulating on social media. On the right, the original poster for the movie “Cyborg 2087”.
This movie is also not about a virus or coronavirus. According to the synopsis, “In the year 2087, civilization is dominated by totalitarian cyborgs. One of them, Garth, has an unforeseen failure and rebels against the established power, traveling in a time machine to the year 1965 to find the scientist who started it all and prevent him from continuing with his experiment.
Finally, there is no movie called “The omicron variant” as viral publications point out. In 1963 the film was released “Ómicron”, but that it has nothing to do with the new coronavirus.
It is a 1963 science fiction comedy directed by Italian Ugo Greggoreti. It is about an alien who enters the body of an earthling to inspect the planet before his species conquers it.
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This check is part of the initiative Third Party Fact-checker for Facebook in Argentina. In the case of photos and videos, we work with images that are tricked or taken out of context and we always analyze the images together with the text with which they were presented.
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