‘Prometheus’ – ‘Alien’ Connection Explained

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Ridley Scott’s “return to the Alien universe” in Prometheus has been the subject of unimaginable speculation ever since the film was revealed to tell a related story – as opposed to serving as an outright prequel. For months cinephiles have poured over Prometheus trailers and set images hoping for a clear picture of where, exactly, the highly-anticipated film would fit into the iconic story of the xenomorphs. Fortunately, the Prometheus marketing has been (for the most part) pretty subtle – flashing a variety of mysterious and tense shots entirely out of context – leaving speculators with little information to analyze.

Now that Prometheus (read our review) has officially been released, information about the secretive production has come flooding in – and we have a much clearer picture of how Prometheus is connected to Alien (and the larger Alien universe). To help steer discussion we’ve put together a lengthy analysis of Prometheus and explained a few of the plot points that might have been confusing to some moviegoers. Does our Prometheus explanation match your theory? Find out!

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    • The beginning of the movie was the start of mankind.
      The engineer had to destroy himself to create life.
      Within the water the DNA from him with help of the mutagen rapidly created chromosomes.
      When evolution took place it created humans.
      The reason why the spaceship looks different maybe is because it was thousands of years before the prometheus expedition and through time the Engineers advanced in technology.
      Like stated above when David mentions “Doesn’t everyone want their father dead.”
      That could mean the Engineers turned on their creators, and at one point when visiting the various races of humans, thought one day their creation will turn on them. Before leaving though an outbreak broke loose, ending their expedition.
      Also when Dr Holloway and David are chatting at one point David mentions “Why do you think your people made me” and Holloway responds “We made you because we could” which could be a direct reference to why the Engineers made humans.
      I got more theories but I’ll read more comments to describe more quotes within the movie.

  2. The planet in Prometheus lv223 is were the engineer’s were creating there bio weapons(the black goo)lv223 had several ships with pre determined destination’s the ship that crashed in Prometheus was destined for earth this is seen when they activate the control panel were the engineer is in cryogenic state each ship has a engineer with a predetermined planet to land on this is seen at beginning of Prometheus where a engineer has landed on a planet and drinks the black goo this is what happened on lv 423 (Ripley’s planet) well this my theory hope it helps love the page good work

    • The planet you mention, is actually the earth…not any other planet.

    • That literally made no sense whatsoever.

    • The ship that we see disappearing into the clouds at the beginning of prometheus can be a ship of another species that visited that planet and possibly persuaded and promised those engineers that that goo would grant them what they are also looking for to enhance them in some way; which only lead the engineers to destruction when consuming that goo and their water was infected and infected those who drank it; therefore, the engineers came up with a plan to find a cure (the vases are their experimental equipment in search for a cure for the goo) or alternatively escape their own planet if the goo over powers them. Earth was the planet they wanted to colonize , but couldn’t because the other engineers who had to wake up the healthy preserved pilots were killed by the goo before they woke them up.

      So the surviving preserved engineer who was woken up by the android remembered his mission to fly his ship to their chosen planet ( earth) immediately when he is woken up, to save their species..

      • i think you wrong couse at the eng she want go to their own planet.
        so its wasnt their planet. maybe its was aweapon test go wrong.

        • You might want to turn on “Spellcheck”! Kinda sound like an alien!?

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  4. The Alien movie is supposed to be around 2122 in the future and Prometheus is 2093 is the prequel.

    You can see that the technology in the Nostromo is that of 1979 eg the computer screen are CRT and the computer system is ancient and the buttons on the ship and everything else is 1979 including the actors clothes.

    But you can see in Prometheus year 2093 its got the high tech stuff touchscreen, holographic screen, auto surgery, DNA analysis etc. That is, the technology is current as of today’s tech. Including the Prometheus, the rovers and the mapping pups etc.

    The director didn’t make attempt to make the tech in Prometheus look older than in Alien.

    • I think it’s entirely plausible that it would be this way, that corporate ships ferrying VIP’s would be better kitted out and have better technology than run-of-the-mill space couriers would. The space truckers would be at the sharp end of funding and be expected to do their jobs with the minimum of home comforts to maximise profits for the company, including using outdated equipment to cut costs.

      Even today, look at a new Ferrari. Doesn’t have the same luxury as, say, a Scania truck used for carting cargo all over the country.

    • While there is a 25 year gap between Prometheus and Alien, it doesn’t mean that the ships were from the same time period. There is no reason to assume that the Nostromo isn’t 50, 75 or more years old by the time we see it in the movie and has been sent on numerous mining expeditions in the past.

      • the problem is not its connection with alien, the problem is its connection with Aliens how takes place 86 years … there is stuff in Prometheus that makes the actions of the colonial marines complete unnecessary

        • “who takes place ” sorry for that

    • That’s because the Nostromo was a cargo ship and while I agree he should’ve made a better attempt to make the Promethius’ technology a little more like that of the Nostromo’s It could be because this was a science vessell and not a cargo ship and the Wyland Yutani Corp. of the future doesn’t invest billions of dollars on a cargo ship. That’s just my thought

    • The ship that went to LV423 probably left earth much sooner than the ship that went to LV223, but it arrived at LV423 much later due to less advanced technology?!

  5. Well there is so many Extra Terrestrials. We have the Annunaki which mean those from the heavens came down to Earth. We have the Reptilians who could of created the Alien creature in Alien. We have the Greys and clones of the Greys. I believe we are hybrids of ape and alien.

  6. The Annunaki could of created the Engineers. I don’t blame them for wanting to destroy us. Look at what we are doing. War, greed, murders,starvation,theft.This was not their intentions.At the same time it wasn’t their intentions for us to have knowledge, but thanks to Prometheus, we have just that.

  7. I thought it odd the medical chamber Shaw uses to remove the growth refused her first attempt when she chose “Abortion” as the procedure and was told that the chamber was fit only for men.

    Considering Vickers brought the machine for herself, you’d think Vickers would have brought a chamber compatible for her gender’s requirements.

  8. the apparatus was for her father not for her

  9. My theory is Irony: the Engineers inoculated Earth’s primordial ooze with their de-fragmented DNA. Over thousands of years the de-fragmented DNA eventually re-formed through evolution creating Homo sapiens. Humans then went in search of the Engineers. Our “robot” friend infected a human male with the black ooze which began to mutate him. He then inpregnated a human female furthering the mutation along. The female’s fetus developed into the precursor Alien species (similar to our evolution through the previous Homo genus’s). Therefore Aliens ironically were created from us. Beautiful isn’t it.

    • I like that analogy. Very creative and insightful. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if your theory is correct in the sequel to Promethius

    • In addition, there was a theme recurring throughout the film that is also found in the Biblical Genesis account. God made Man in his image, but not his equal. Man is a warlike, destructive species.

      The Engineers seeded Earth with a fusion of their own DNA to kick-start life, ultimately resulting in Man, made in their image. Ultimately, they see mankind as a violent, dangerous species and move to wipe humanity out.

      If you look at the outtakes from Prometheus, you’ll see that Peter Weyland presented his robot to the Engineer and said something like, “I too have created life in my own image, so I am your equal.” This is what infuriated the Engineer and he ripped the robot apart then went on a rampage. This gets back to Biblical notions of mankind thinking they are their Creator’s equal and the consequences of making that assertion.

    • Human DNA and Engineer DNA are a 100% match, implying that there’s no mutation (which you would have expected from evolution, and also the resulting creation of other species). Hence, it is more likely that the role of the sacrificial Engineer was to introduce the human species to Earth.

      As for your theory on the origins of alien, what about the worm-like creature found in the cave?

    • The problem with that theory is that the aliens clearly exist already–Holloway finds a detailed image of an alien in the big-head room, and of course in Alien the space jockey was killed by one on a faroff planet, as well as the holograms of the running engineers show that the aliens were loose there too. Maybe this is the aliens home planet.

  10. “Prometheus” was (plot-wise) surprisingly deep for a Hollywood production. However, it left a lot to be desired as to the logic of the Engineers. On a review note, I would mention that we are introduced to a species so advanced that they can create various lifeforms and have mapped the galactic neighbourhood, while at the same time being portrayed as a “technologically adolescent” race. In other words, they can’t control their own technologies and don’t entirely know what they are doing.

    Another issue that bothers me is why the Engineer in the beginning needs to sacrifice himself when in all likelihood his race could simply harvest and then dump a DNA cocktail into a sea or river on Earth. But as a writer, I would have made more clear that the reasons are ritualistic or religious in nature and not purely necessary from a bioengineering point of view.

    To the future of Prometheus and the Engineers/Xenomorphs- Personally, I think one potentially attractive plot device is the psychology of duality in the relationship between creator (parent) and created (children).

    I can see a love-hate relationship between humanity and the Engineers- an awe and longing for the Engineers to be “proud” of humanity and a deep-cutting resentment and pain that they abandoned and are ambivalent toward humanity. This duality should be included in any future productions. In other words, the future encounters would curiosity coupled with a desire to outsmart and even almost destroy the Engineers for reasons of the love-hate relationship.

    The writers actually show this psychology in the first film in the relationship between Vickers and Weylan (I’m assuming Vickers is an illegitimate child desparately trying to make her father proud, but he never will be).

    Alien has been played out and I think even Segourney Weaver would admit that most plots have been visited. The xenomorph incident need not be Earth-related and could have been another project of the Engineers, since their culture is about bioengineering and biowarfare.

    The Engineers should be main protegonists with the xenomorphs or aliens showing up in the plotline now and then.

    Plotwise, there is much left be explored in this part of the “alien universe”.

  11. Did anyone address the fact that predators have been using aliens as a means to big game hunt? Like in alien vs predator and requiem with that big crossbreed that manages to replicate without the use of eggs.

  12. My comment is this movie was fine as it is. I have followed the whole series and found Prometheus to be greater in technology. and the Alien movies to follow subject to the information that was found and never used except the transportation of a facehugger to the Corporation. It would be expected that the creators’ technology to be far beyond ours. We evolved on a different except where explorers could find a way to bring one home. This is my opinion but think about it in each movie, including where Ripley was a hybrid and was herself to be studied. Prometheus ties it all together with the giant facehugger starting the cycle to continue in Alien. Even the planet they were on had begun to change in the atmosphere and the ground where winds and particulates in the sky were beginning the familiar unhospitable environment. A really wonderful work of art by Ridley Scott…

  13. I think the author of this article put more effort into making sense of the Promethius plot than did the screenwriter himself.


  15. In short, Prometheus planet is a military base with multiple ships and biotech on board, all have a planet to fly to on orders. Alien Movie #1 pilot got infected on rout, cashed on Alien Movie #1 planet years ago, produced a queen, queen laid eggs waiting for hurt. Prom planet local population was wiped out years ago as well, until Prometheus crew woke up and antagonized the last remaining, sleeping alien and sent him on his mission to attack earth. PS: Man-kind is a beautiful thing, don’t buy into this “population control” B.S., because you and your family will be the first to go, as the “Elites” stride over your bones, polluting as they go. Life’s good. -J-

  16. Starting to become a little obsessed with the plot and like others, as many questions raised as answered. Brilliant write-up though and here’s my thoughts/questions ;-)

    One thing which has been omitted from several related sites is the fact that when they arrived and carbon dated the beheaded ‘Engineer’, the quote was 2,000 years give or take – arriving back at the Biblical overtones and the dates for Prometheus, guess what was happening around about then? I’d read elsewhere about the demise of the suggested ‘Jesus’ figure and they were then off to Earth to sort us out?

    The black goo on LV223, reacts with atmosphere changes caused by the landing party, not the only thing in the Vase room that reacts either. It caused the worms to mutate into something capable of laying eggs further down the evolution? Caused a different change in Holloway having being spiked by David. Broke the Engineers DNA down on the opening sequence to kick start life on Earth. The reaction seems dependent on it’s hosts calma (hence the sweating Vases). And that big ship in the opening, who’s was that? The Engineer was already there with the goo so it wasn’t delivering anything or him?

    So Shaw and David head off where they suspect is the Engineers origin, with a cargo of goo, interesting to see what happens there in the sequel.

    Lastly, awesome film and just wont be put down!


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  18. Is the Promethus the ship they find at the beginning of Alien 2? You only get a sneak peak and it looks like the ship they find.

  19. The ship that we see disappearing into the clouds at the beginning of prometheus can be a ship of another species that visited that planet and possibly persuaded and promised those engineers that that goo would grant them what they are also looking for to enhance them in some way; which only lead the engineers to destruction when consuming that goo and their water was infected and infected those who drank it; therefore, the engineers came up with a plan to find a cure (the vases are their experimental equipment in search for a cure for the goo) or alternatively escape their own planet if the goo over powers them. Earth was the planet they wanted to colonize , but couldn’t because the other engineers who had to wake up the healthy preserved pilots were killed by the goo before they woke them up.

    So the surviving preserved engineer who was woken up by the android remembered his mission to fly his ship to their chosen planet ( earth) immediately when he is woken up, to save their species..

  20. I dont have a problem with the discrepancies in the Xenomorph’s appearances
    Its obvious the species form is based on its host
    The alien we saw in alien was “born” if you will of its human host
    We saw another varient born of the predator host
    And yet another born of the engineer host
    Each looked different because they were born of different hosts.

    Other aspects of the movie still leave me scratching my head such as the opening scene, disolving engineer etc etc

  21. just watching prometheus on german free TV. the movie look just like a remake to “make” some dollars out of an sucesfull old movie. No idea why all that discussion. Its just a medium quality remake, as so many others. I cant detect any new text quality content leading to a minimum of a surprising situation. Spoiler Info: just try watch prometheus 1st try to have more fun against the unique original, maybe it work. If you know Alien allready, just skip prometheus. Btw, the advertizing spots are cool atm :)

    About the graphics in promethues? realy cool, but 3d graphics is just a tool, cant evolve an old content to next stage. So less dollars , more artistic work next time pls.

    About the main actress: excelent, ill dream about her tonight :) but not about the film :(

  22. I really enjoyed this movie and look forward to the sequel. As far as the connection with “Alien”, there are many possibilities. However, during your speculations you should remember two movies “Predator 2″ and “Alien vs Predator”.

    I believe “Predator 2″ was set in the 80′s or 90′s, well before the events of “Prometheus” took place. At the end of this movie, the main character is witness to the Predators trophies and even receives one as reward for killing his pursuer. Among these trophies is an “Alien” skull.

    “Alien vs Predator” shows some history of all three species. The Predators have been hunting on earth for centuries. While humans were still in a relatively primitive state, the Predators taught them basic science and were worshipped as gods. The Predators brought the “Alien” species to earth which was used as a hunting ground. These events significantly predate the “Prometheus” event.

    All in all, I would say that this disproves the idea of the creature in “Prometheus” being the first or original “Alien”. I have been a huge fan of the “Alien” and “Predator” movies since the first movie released when I was a very young boy, and “Prometheus” was a great surprise for me (especially since I never saw any previews).

    To everyone involved in the making of these movies I say, ” Keep up the great work guys, thanks! “

    • AVP and Predator are not canon.

  23. I think it’s a great idea to do a Prometheus sequel for all the Alien movie lovers to let them understand how exactly Prometheus is linked to Alien & understand why there is a Engineer/Space Jockey ship on LV-426 on Alien, because on Prometheus they land on LV-223 (a different Moon/Planet) & see why the Xenomorphs look different to the Facehuggers on Alien, they could seem different because it has to lay in a Engineer/Space Jockey and then lay another inside a Human to get to the final Alien form

  24. This film makes no sense. How can it be the birth of
    the alien race when in alien v predator, an alien queen
    has been on earth for thousands of years.

    • Ridley Scott did not consider the AVP adaptation of his original creation as part of the Alien Saga. In Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Prometheus the AVP storyline does not exist and Predators and Xenomorphs never meet or coexisted in any way. This was explained by Scott himself.

  25. Gud

    • Remember the part were the engineers were running from danger in a visioned clip? I think predators were stoping them from releaseing this weapon that could cause trouble because where theres the body’s of engineers, theres one engineer shot in the head and looks like a shot from one of predators weapon

      • Interesting theory but I find it somewhat dubious that Ridley Scott would include a Predator or even allude to one in Prometheus or any of its possible sequels. Ridley has said on record several times that he waited so long to put out an “Alien prequel” (prequel being used very loosely for lack of a better term)in part because he was not a huge fan of the Alien Vs. Predator franchise and did not want anything he put out set in the Alienverse to be associated with the AVP stuff. In Prometheus you see the holograms of the Engineers from the ships fligt recorder; you see they are shooting and it may have been that that particular Engineer was infected in the same way Holloway was and went crazy and had to be put down. As the Engineers are an advanced race it is not inconceivable that they would have weapons similar to the ones used my Predator in the Preadtor and AVP movies.

  26. I don’t think the script writers of Alien and Prometheus really thought about tying things together as much as everything that’s been speculated.

    The two things I can’t seem to wrap my head around are:

    First, in Prometheus it seems to show the Engineers seeded the earth giving birth to the double helix. Is that the birth of DNA on earth? If so did that also created other DNA based life forms on earth like lions, cockroaches, snakes and sharks? But that started with the Engineer’s DNA that’s 100% match to humans? or they just went from there straight to humans? If so then they didn’t create DNA, they just seeded the human DNA and there were already other DNAs on earth.

    Second, the scientists were in some caves showing caveman drawings about the planet Prometheus eventually visited. So early humans of various cultures were “taught” of that planet, obviously by Engineers. So the Engineers went back to earth to visit and educated the early humans? Why tell humans about that planet? Makes no sense.

    May be, they didn’t intend to create humans as humans.

    May be, the dark fluid with the sacrificed Engineer was another bio weapon. They tinted that with the Engineer DNA and what appeared to be the genesis of DNA wasn’t, but a “spike” of existing DNA. They intended to develop another bio weapon on earth – human as a weapon.

    The reason they taught early human to go to that planet, was a beacon. They knew they were also developing this brainless alien weapon on that moon, and the smarter but weaker human on earth. They wanted the humans when their technology is developed enough to go there and they want to see who which weapon would survive. Either the human would seek out the aliens on that moon, or they will send some aliens to earth. They just sit back and watch for amusement.

    • Some good points and interesting questions. I think a lot of the questions you asked will be answered in the sequel to Prometheus. It is possible that since in mythology Prometheus Stole fire from the Gods and gave it to Man similarly the event you see in the beginning of the movie when the Engineer sacrifices himself to seed his DNA on Earth may have not been “Sanctioned” or may have been some kind of experiment. When the other engineers found out about it or the experiment failed the Engineers decided to destroy Mankind in order to erase the mistake or misdeed. Obviously before they could launch their attack on earth the weapons they intended to use on Man turned on them and destroyed the Engineers on the installation LV-223. I think in Prometheus 2 or Paradise as it has been called much more will be reviled as to the reasons behind who the Engineers are and what they were doing and why

  27. There’s aliens and there are engineers. The engineers may not have originated on this planet but judging by the final shot in the movie…the “alien” may have

  28. What if the reason for the creation of humans (Earthlings) was to serve as surrogates for the birthing of various war “animals”? But the Alien war “animals” mutated such that other creatures were then viable alternatives to humans and we were no longer necessary. Or possibly WE mutated/progressed such that we were becoming a threat such that they believed we needed to be eradicated.

    This would explain why we were created and why they were intent on destroying us.

    Just a fun thought.