Ben 10: Alien Swarm
General Information
Original broadcast November 25, 2009
Type Ben 10: Alien Force Movie
Written by John Turman
James Krieg
Directed by Alex Winter

Ben 10: Alien Swarm (also known as Ben 10 2) is the second live-action film based on the Ben 10 series and the live-action adaptation of Ben 10: Alien Force. It was directed by Alex Winter.  It is a 2009 Science fiction live-action film that premiered on Cartoon Network on November 25, 2009, based on the animated series of Ben 10: Alien Force.  It is a sequel to the 2007 live-action film Ben 10: Race Against Time.  The film was confirmed to be executive produced and directed by Alex Winter once again and written by John Turman and James Krieg.  The cast were revealed throughout the Ben 10 Week towards the end of March 2009 in special commercials.  A teaser was shown during the premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc six days after the U.S. TV premiere of the film.  The film also received a limited theretical release in Australia.  It takes place between the second and third seasons of Ben 10: Alien Force.  The main antagonists in seasons 2 and 3 of Alien Force are the Highbreed and Vilgax and Albedo, however, in Ben 10: Alien Swarm the main antagonist is the Decoy Queen (Elena Validus as the true queen as revealed in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, the series after Alien Force and before Omniverse) in addition to that none of the characters mention or even talk a little bit about the Highbreed or Vilgax and Albedo.


The film opens as Ben, Gwen, and Kevin are negotiating with a group of black market dealers, who are attempting to sell them alien nanotechnology. One of them reveals herself to be Elena, a childhood friend of both Ben and Gwen, as well as a Plumber's kid. Elena explains that she had set up the negotiations to lure Ben out, and explains that her father has been abducted, and that she needs their help.

Just as Ben agrees to help her, the Nanochips suddenly spring to life, controlled by a mysterious man hiding in the rafters. Kevin immediately labels it a double cross, though Elena insists that she is not responsible for that. While the dealers escape, Ben transforms into Big Chill, attempting to transform into Spidermonkey, and drives off the intruder. Elena escapes in the confusion, further justifying Kevin's suspicions. Ben, however, is not as easily convinced.

Arriving at their headquarters underneath the Bellwood auto repair shop, the trio, along with Grandpa Max, study the chips, learning that they are a hybrid of organic and technological components. Elena, having followed the trio, breaks in; Max orders her to leave, explaining that Elena's father, Victor Validus, was dishonorably discharged after stealing the original chips. Ben refuses to believe that Elena is like her father, and breaks ranks to help her.

While Max is away, Gwen and Kevin hack into the computer files relating to Victor Validus, and discover a video of Max interrogating Victor, in which Victor insists that "the Hive", the mind and intelligence behind the chips, is coming to take over the planet. Realizing that Max's anger towards Victor's betrayal may be clouding his judgment, Gwen and Kevin decide to aid Ben as well.

Meanwhile, Ben and Elena arrive at Victor's old lab. It has been cleared out by the Hive, but they have left Ship-It order slips behind. Other leftover files in the office indicate that Victor was studying and upgrading the chips, and a picture indicates that Elena is close to the person controlling them. A group of people under the control of the chips attack Ben and Elena, forcing them to retreat. They head to the Ship-It building to investigate further.

Gwen and Kevin, having reached the building first, are too late to stop the distribution of the chips. Instead, they are met by one of the Ship-It 'Cap Diamant' (head employees), who is also possessed by the chips. He directs a chip swarm to attack Gwen and Kevin, which eventually wrecks Kevin's car after a lengthy chase. Ben, having overheard the commotion and followed them, uses Humungousaur to defeat the swarm, completely demolishing Kevin's car in the process, making Kevin mad as usual.

By the time they return to headquarters, the chips have been spread across the globe, and now reached numbers in the millions. The group deduces that there must be a queen controlling the Hive, and by destroying her, they will likely destroy the chips as well. During their search for the queen, however, one of the chips takes over Max. Pulling together, the group notices an anomaly in the chip distribution; while world population centers are all infected, the relatively remote Barren Rock, Missouri, has the highest concentration. The town is home to the central headquarters of Ship-It. With Kevin's car out of commission, Kevin reveals that he has built a second car for Ben as a late birthday present.

Infiltrating the factory, the group discovers that the queen has infected Elena's father, whose body is being used to mass produce the chips. Ben uses the Omnitrix to transform into a new alien that he dubs "Nanomech", which was created by scanning the DNA of the chips over the course of the film. He enters Victor's brain and battles the Queen while Gwen, Kevin, and Elena fight the drones. After a grueling battle, Nanomech destroys the Queen and thus the entirety of the chips, freeing everybody from their control.

In the aftermath, Max, after personally apologizing to Victor, decides to retire and leave his position as leader to Ben, but Ben refuses to allow him to do so. The film ends as Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Elena drive home.


Ben 10: Alien Swarm was nominated for Primetime Emmy in the recipient Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Minisseries, Movie or a Special, VES Award in the category Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special and Excellence in Production Design Award in the subject Television Movies or Mini-Series.

Noteworthy Events

Major Events

  • Ben and the gang encounter Elena, seeking for their help.
  • Ben obtains a new DNA sample (Nanomech).
  • Ben transforms into Nanomech for the first time.
  • Elena first appears.
  • Ben receives the DX Mark 10 as a late birthday present from Kevin.


Omnitrix Alien Debuts

Minor Events



Aliens Used


  • A Little Faster (Length 3:04)
  • Blow me Away (3:28)
  • Healer (song played on the Alien Swarm)
  • Rescue Me by Hawthorne Heights (Played on Kevin's Headphones)


  • In the beginning when Kevin discusses the nanochips with Ben, Kevin refers to the chips as "grade" 9 technology as opposed to "level" 9 technology, the common unit for measuring how advanced a line of technology is.
  • When Kevin and Gwen are talking about Ben and Elena, Gwen says Elena was Ben's first crush. However in the original series Kai Green is his first crush


  • Alien Force's opening theme wasn't played in the movie, unlike the original series' live-action movie and any of the transformations of the aliens that Ben turned into were not shown, but in the original series movie the transformations were shown.
  • In one scene at the Plumbers Headquarters, several transmissions from other countries can be heard. All of them are asking for help, and they do this in the countries' languages. However, the transmission from Berlin, capital of Germany, has a distinct English accent to it.
  • Elena says the Plumbers are a secret interplanetary security force, but in the series the Plumbers are an intergalactic police force.

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