Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’: Potential Plot Spoilers [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:26 am,

[Update: FOX has released an official Prometheus plot synopsis to (sort of) clear up all the rumors about the movie's story.]

There’s been a lot of back-and-forth about what precisely Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is – Is it an Alien prequel? A totally original sci-fi film with the DNA of the Alien films? A film that exists inside of the Alien universe but otherwise doesn’t relate?

Since the film’s announcement, and despite Scott’s insistence to the contrary, there has been report after report indicating the iconic, double-mouthed “Xenomorphs” would be featured prominently in Prometheus . Today, we have a potential plot outline that, if true, will absolutely 100% spoil the film for you.

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The Alien Xenomorph may appear in Prometheus Ridley Scotts Prometheus: Potential Plot Spoilers [Updated]

…Still here?

Check out the potential plot outline below, from io9:

Earth. Year 2058.

Archaeological digs in Africa reveal alien artifacts that suggest humans were genetically engineered by an advanced alien race (space jockeys). These “Alien Gods” also terraformed Earth in order to make it habitable for their human creations. Amongst finds are coordinates to the Alien Gods’ home-world, to Paradise. Months later, the Weyland Corp launch the spaceship Prometheus and its crew, into deep space to make first contact. Thanks to faster than light travel, a few years later the Prometheus enters the Zeta Riticuli star system. Humans are greeted by their makers, then transported further into space to a scary yet fascinating world. The Alien Gods are proud of their “children”, their first creation to reach such levels of intelligence.

As a reward they share bits of their astonishing bio-based technologies with the humans. But for one crew member of the Prometheus it’s not enough. In a treacherous act he steals the “bio-source code” to Terraforming, a technology at the origin of all Gods’ power, that could make humans equal to the gods. The Alien Gods may be scientists, but are also ruthless conquerors, destroyers of worlds who will not accept humans as equals. They unleash on the escaping human crew their favorite bio-weapon, a creature used to “clean up” worlds before colonization. But something goes wrong in the process and humans manage to turn the bio-weapon against their makers. Giving birth to a smarter, nastier, bigger breed of gut-eating creatures. Creatures that will be the demise of Paradise. What’s left of the Prometheus crew manages to escape the doomed planet.

On their trail a survivor is an Alien God in very familiar ship with one ultimate mission: Bring the wrath of the Gods to Earth.

Now, as a standalone film directed by Ridley Scott, this sounds like it could be genuinely excellent with some interesting philosophical implications over a science-fiction backdrop (not unlike the man’s eternally praised Blade Runner).

However, as an Alien prequel, it has a bit of a too-coincidental-for-its-own-good prequel plot, typical of these sorts of films.

the space jockey from alien Ridley Scotts Prometheus: Potential Plot Spoilers [Updated]

Humans were already intricately involved in the history of those nasty aliens from Alien! Not only were we created by the Space Jockeys, but so, too, were the Xenomorphs! And that Space Jockey from the first Alien? He was on his way to Earth to get his revenge on us for getting too big for our britches before an especially large Xenomorph (the Queen?) popped out of his chest! Who knew?

Still, it’s refreshing to see a major film studio allow Ridley Scott to go completely off the rails with an Alien prequel. Usually, they’d be plastering “Alien” all over every single press release or news leak connected to the film. Instead, it seems they’re just trying to make a really interesting, kind of creepy, sci-fi film supported by quality and concept over brand appeal. That is, if this plot outline turns out to be the real deal.

What do you guys think about the plot outline? Is it interesting? Weird? Believable? All of the above? Let us know in the comments.

Prometheus – starring Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce – is currently in production and hits theaters June 8th, 2012.

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  1. I scroll down and find the confusion continues. Come on guys and gals! Here we go again. “Humans were already intricately involved in the history of those nasty aliens from Alien!” That comment would apply to the followup films to Alien, so why do it again. Prometheus is not about the Alien(Xenomorphs) at all. It’s about, as John Cleese would say, something completely different. Xenomorphs appear, a different and larger version, at the end of Prometheus when the Space Jocky race seek revenge. I continue, “Not only were we created by the Space Jockeys”. Thats not in Alien. Not only was it not established who the Space Jockey was, but it was referred to only while the crew was inspecting and commenting about it only while they are looking about. It’s never mentioned again. And who says it was a queen that popped out of the Space Jockey’s chest and who says the derelict ship was headed to earth? There is a video of Kevin Pollik’s interview of Damon Lindlehoff, the screenwriter who did the final drafts of Prometheus. With all due respect, somebody needs to watch Alien again. Things are being assumed here that are not in evidence.

    • This plot synopsis is not entirely correct. This whole revenge thing doesn’t make sense, nor does the meeting of the Gods who lead them to this planet or the humans unleashing the Alien upon them. The info you get in the trailers contradicts this plot synopsis. You have the protagonist, Naomi Rapace, saying it was an invitation that lead them there, but then later in the trailer you hear her saying that they were wrong. This would not have been said if they met Alien Gods and betrayed them by stealing terra forming technology. The trailer gives no hint to them meeting their “Alien Gods”, though there is one scene where you see a niagra falls type setting and a dim ship hovering above it, what that scene is about, I have no idea. However, watching the two trailers, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that they actually meet anyone other than the Space Jockey and that you find out he is going to head for Earth for whatever reason, maybe for disturbing the peace, who knows? Either way, this plot synopsis is shaky at best, and probably wrong in a lot of ways.

  2. My point is, wouldn’t it have been far more interesting, creepy to create a story that preceded the Nostromo encounter & humans had no part in this narrative apart from somehow discovering the pre history of the Jockey & Zenos, the discovered pre story didn’t have any human involvement – its just too coincidental in the endless void of space. The original Alien was so scary because it involved something nightmarish that humans had never encountered before. This Promethius story – I agree, the ho hum Eric Von Danken storyline to me cheapens the intrique that this movie could have explored. It’s more like those rotten Ripley cloned, Aliens on Earth & Alien VS Preditor flicks that denigrated an otherwise highly original story & subsequent 2 sequel franchise, but ‘That’s Hollywood’

    • The answer is NO! It wouldn’t be more creepy if….. I want Ridley Scott’s creepy not anybody else’s. Why is it too coincidental? If it isn’t to coincidental for the Nostromo to stumble across the beacon from the derelict ship (in the endless void of space) than it isn’t too coincidental for humans to discover alien artifacts in africa and seek out their source to make first contact. It’s not too coincidental for Stanley Kubrick so it’s not too coincidental for me.

      • 2001 started its story on Earth, not many light years from this planet, it was specifically about human origins, obviously so too is Prometheus. My point is – this has all been explored on film before. The pre Nostromo encounter could have explored something original but it didn’t, for what ever reason humans always have to be front and centre as this movie narrative has the Space Jockey as human & Xeno progenitor or architect. I’m sure this will make a rivetting si-fi xfs movie for 14 year old boys & the look is incredible, but in my humble opinion it could have been so much more if the story didn’t have humans as being genetically linked

  3. Yea but guys think of it this way as a possibility…. what if the space jockeys didnt create us? what if another species did and they marked our diff civilizations with warning signs about the space jockeys and perhaps they helped us build to give us a chance to prepare for extinction so that we at least have a chance and in the mean time the space jockeys didn’t know we exist till we find them on behalf of our own curiousity and so when we find them they see us as a threat but obviously something goes wrong during our interaction with them. It’s possible and either way if they did create us or not i like either one. Another idea is that they did create us and they were just experimenting but they see us as a threat once we reach them because it shows that we are becoming to power capable for our own good.

  4. Folks here are being very negative….seriously…

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A BAD RIDLEY SCOTT MOVIE?

  5. Alien was supposed to be more of a horror movie and I think that Prometheus will scare the pants off of us.

  6. You mean, after three or four Alien movies(sorry, I lost count..), this is all Scott Ridley can come up with??? Really? He(Scott), would have been better off bringing back the BladeRunner story…

  7. If this was the plot line it would have been 100 percent better then what I saw last night. Hard to believe that advanced humans, living in that year would act so irrational at every level. At lease we found out what came out of the space jockey. What would have come out of the two astronauts? And our surviving astronaut and David can fly the alien spacecraft? It’s time for answers not more confusion. This has gone on since 1979. I would like to have a few questions answered before I die.

  8. Saw this movie a few weeks back – had corny written all over the film print. Why would such an advanced race be building shrines to themselves, why would they play the flute. All right I know its only a movie, but serious movies succeed best when they’re logically believable. This was a load of crap. The Alien Franchise is now totally rooted, the pre story was the only hope of creating a cinematic masterpiece that could emulate the cinematic originality & critical acclaim of the 1st two films. I somehow think the 70s & beginning of the ’80s was the last great era of sci fi.

  9. Through the sacrifice (as seen in the beginning of the movie) the engineers left their DNA on earth and sparked evolution. This eventually led to humans evolving and as we did they kept an eye on us. But they ended up deciding it was time for their creation to go. So what angered our makers? Well the time line fits well with the crucifixion of Christ. Perhaps the aliens engineered the virgin birth, indoctrinated Jesus with the hope he would help change the course of man for the better. But instead of following Jesus we crucified him, indicating we had become unworthy and because of this they wanted to terminate their creation with extreme prejudice, a punishment so terrible as to create hell on earth.

  10. So many movie goers and critics watch movies these days and dont think any deeper than the immediate viewpoint. -DIG DEEPER-
    The humans have their own ideas and hidden agendas concerning the aliens, yet while their curiosity and terror drives the movie its only a backdrop to the more interesting storyline.

    !!!OUTBREAK of powerful evolutionary stimulant and ORGIN of ALIEN!!!

    These aliens produce a powerful evolutionary stimulant, smart enough not to make it on their home planet for all the obvious reasons but not smart about how to store it. Canisters held remains of dead test subjects and were placed in underground tombs (supposed to be why ancient Earth civilizations follow this example)

    MISTAKE #1 (it would only take one mistake for this product)
    Canisters should have been placed in “clean rooms”. Soil contains too much microscopic life, much of which is in larval form and in need of a host to reproduce and complete life cycle – movie shows night crawlers in the ground and they eat soil. The first significant change would have been with the night crawlers into the eel-like things. How it changed from there, movie doesn’t show but it destroys the entire alien crew.

    MISTAKE #2 (boyfriend drinks from tainted glass)
    Boyfriend was changing into alien yes, but that powerful evolutionary stimulant did a number to the microscopic organisms in his digestive tract, they mutated and he became infested with them (eye). Mutated sperm got girlfriend pregnant(face grabber, hatching out of a human egg) then ALIEN as we somewhat know it.

    GROUND ZERO: Microscopic parasitic organisms.
    EXPLAINS: Why life cycle must involve retuning to digestive tract.
    It must have acid for blood to survive that environment.
    Evolutionary stimulant explains why Alien changes with each encounter. (ALIEN 3 it was more dog-like- ALIEN vs PREDATOR it looked like a Predator)

    Of course fans will want to see the alien engineers’ home world but I hope Ridley Scott will show us the complete impact of what would happen should an ALIEN make it to a planet with diversified life (any creature on land/oceans that maintains a certain core temperature and gastric system should be a proper host – the variety of xenomorphs is unlimited)

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