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

Published 4 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.










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.

Source:  io9

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  1. “Engineered by A alien race” “A alien race” maybe i’m really stupid and thats correct grammar but any credibility was lost on that sentence, i know i dont have perfect grammar but i dont roll through with “Leaked” information, bros

    • The information wasn’t leaked to us, bro. And, presumably, legitimate sources can write typos, too.

    • If you get your panties in a twist over something that miniscule, then you definitely need to prioritize.

      • i’m just saying, i think in a world where you’re appreciated with people who handle millions of dollars you should just be perfect. also apart from ben’s comment the other two were just kind of unnecessary..nevertheless yeah the movie seems great..

        • associated** guess i lose!

          • Most people cant spell or use grammar in the correct way. Then again, they do not use spell check either. It isn’t that hard. I think that is why people complain about spelling and grammar so much these days. It DOES reflect intelligence in a way (since we cannot see or hear you). So the moral of the story…..use spell check and don’t appear to be high school dropout.

            • Should have been “a highschool dropout”. Teehee!

              Btw, I am a highschool dropout and I found the accidental omission of a monosyllabic monoalphanumeric word from that post to be particularly cheeky.


        • Well, it’s not like he said there were 57 US states or something. No one of great importance would make such a mistake, right? 😀

    • “i know i dont have perfect grammar ”

      Really? I never would have guessed by reading your post.

    • You lost credibility with the use of “bros” God that’s pathetic!

  2. On topic …

    Sounds very intriguing. I’d definitely see it.

  3. If this is true, I’m there. They make great metaphoric use of the title, and it’s a great (and thought-provoking) tie to the events of later films like ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’.

  4. This sounds a bit daft. If some immensely powerful alien race wanted to cream a few bad-ass humans, it’s de rigeur to use a precise surgical death ray, not some drooling xenomorph that even comic-book batman can wipe the floor with.

    • @Elginsmarbles

      …Unless you wanted to clear a planet of biological lifeforms without damaging infrastructure.

      It’s like humans still using chemical and biological warfare even though we have nuclear weapons.

      Not to mention a process used by scientists now: using one lifeform to get rid of another.

  5. This looks amazing!

  6. soundz Supa kwl (soz bout da gramma) :)

  7. Also, and this is almost to bizarre to believe, but Ridley Scott is ripping off the plot of AVP (aliens vs Predators) which already did the “space gods created aliens” in the best scenes in the movie. So, am I to believe that the space jockeys also like dressing up as Predators? Fu@k.
    (fyi the comics-god Jack Kirby already did the best “space gods created humans” story ever- the Eternals, published by Marvel in the late 70’s.)

    • Yeah Dude!

      And it’s a TOTAL ripoff of that old Greek story about that guy who stole fire from the gods! What was his name???


      • Prome…Prom….man, it’s on the tip of my tongue! 😀

      • @Kofi … LOL!

    • The whole deal with the Aliens and the Predator species as far as I remember from the Dark Horse comics was that the Predators used them to seed planets to have something more dangerous to hunt. The idea of humans worshiping them as gods can still be valid since it would be hard for humans to tell one thing that flew out of the sky from another.

      This concept as it has been used in allot of sci-fi over the years and might be linked to a guy named Zecharia Sitchin who has wrote allot of books linking ancient civilizations deities to a concept of an alien race who genetically bred humans.

  8. So wait a second…if humans already discovered the space jockeys and made contact with them, and if WY sent both the Prometheus and All the rest of the ships from the Alien franchise…how do the humans who discovered the jockey in Alien not know what it is?

    • …Because nobody makes it back? Or the encounter is kept top-secret from everybody but the corporation, who takes the terraforming tech for themselves and buries the rest of the mission.

      • Definitely possible. I just thought the “humans turn the xenomorph against the jockeys” thing made it sound like at least a few got away. But yes I guess I can see WY keeping this secret. They’re just so forthcoming with information. =p

        • @Kofi

          That makes total sense that W/Y Corp. would keep it secret. It would also tie into why they had the automatically land on LV-426 in Alien, and also why they had the tech to terraform it later in Aliens.

          Sounds good to me. Can’t wait to see it.

          • *Had the Nostromo automatically land on LV-426*

  9. Actually A.C. Clark did it back in 1948 for the BBC and in 1968 with “2001 a Space Odyssey.” No offense but most SciFi tropes are rather old, like me! I’ve often wondered though just how powerful an alien race would have to be before the science community would consider them gods or a God?!…

  10. This plot outline sounds interesting. I would see this movie.

  11. I am looking forward to this film!!

  12. Tell me what would all of you think if they canceled this production because of the leaks? I realize the argument is going to be we have spoiler alerts but perhaps that isn’t enough. Perhaps my question boils down to what does the news community owe the entertainment community, whether it be the audience or the producers? And of course the really controversial question if news communities give difference to the entertainment community does that make them liberal in any way? Perhaps it has nothing to do with politics but it’s about the money, which can transcend the political issues…

  13. On Blu-Ray this will totally be called, Alien: Prometheus and be included in the next Pentilogy.

  14. it actually sounds really good! the plot that is. i would probably go see it :)

  15. I like the premise. It ties up all the ‘Aliens’ plots nicely. I will definitely see it, this time my kids will be digging their nails into MY arm (I dug nails into the arm of a boyfriend with the first Alien).!!!

  16. I love inspired and new tellings of ancient myths, religion, lore or literature (I’m not being sarcastic here either). I mean without this approach we wouldn’t have many great movies — the first to pop into my head is Apocalypse Now, a brilliant modernized retelling. It makes for more fun if you know the story to be able to watch it over and over and draw comparisons… the literature nerd in me I suppose.

    I honor of Prometheus coming out, maybe Screenrant can do a Top 10 of these retellings (if they haven’t done so in the past already).

    • **cinematic retellings/reimaginings** of course

  17. Sounds interesting, if it is indeed true. I’d definitely check it out.

    • Especially if it had the feel of the original “Alien”.

  18. Does “faster than light” space travel exist in the “ALIEN” universe? I’d pretty much assumed they weren’t advanced enough for that. And even if they spend years in hypersleep, this whole episode would have to have happened many years before the Nostromo expedition. It just smacks of alot of shoe-horning plot threads.

    It seems like this should happen hundreds of years before “ALIEN”, and in that film (and “ALIENS”, 57 years in the future.), it still looks pretty crude and not terribly advanced. (Not in a bad way, just for technology in a distant, distant future.)

    That was part of the reason the Star Wars prequels made very little sense. But if you find the Prequels well written, acted, directed and find that things are tied together well, then good for you…

    …I do, however think you are kidding yourself.

    • Sorry, I just read my post and realized i’d added a paragraph that confused the Star Wars comment.

      I meant that the “shoe-horning” and “coincidence” of plot and mcguffins was similar to the prequels.

  19. My theory is that it’s easy to mistake “lived in” for technologically crude. Of course certain dated shots of the Nostromo interiors, especially with interfaces, could be explained away a number of ways. It just fires the imagination is all. One clue is the breakdowns they had in the story and the two crew members responsible for maintenance seemed like a greedy shrewed duo that were always looking to increase their pay for no real increase in effort. Then too a certain argument could be made that hardened equipment against the radiation in space is always going to be rarer than your standard best technology or the possibility that some high techno war happened in the Earth colonies that gave rise to wild micro-machine viruses that ate away at advanced tech of a certain vintage, leaving science and engineering to rethink everything from design to manufacturing of even the most basic of components…

    • I wasn’t really talking about the look of the technology. But more the feel of what it is capable of. I always saw it as being not too much more advanced than we are now. It just seemed that things were affordable to make unlike at the momment. I mean most of the machinery is either rocket, diesel, electronic, combustion etc…

      I mean, the Marines in “ALIENS” were still firing bullets and not lasers. It is more the “Faster than light” drive just not feeling right. It seems too sci-fi, which jars a bit for me with the relative groundedness of the first two films.

      • The Nostromo was a mining ship, I would think of it like a space Mac truck. slow and hauling cargo. The FTLS ship would be a traveling ship and would require that sort of tech kinda like a bullet train.

        With the right perspective it can still have it’s relative groundness.

  20. sounds cool hope it looks like H.R gigers art all over that planet

  21. Sounds very interesting…I never would have guessed that as the plot. I was thinking the space jockey was probably a sympathetic victimized character…!


  23. IF anything is to be spoiled by this revelation, it would be that it isn’t true, in which case, I would be very disappointed!

  24. Perhaps I’m a bit naive but the “gods” strike me as being the predators. It always confused me why a race of highly technologically and physically advanced aliens who consider themselves the ultimate hunters would even consider humans a trophy. Considering humans can’t match a predator in strength, intelligence, or cool toys for the most part. So if they were pissed at humans for stealing from them that would explain why they hunt humans and the xenmorph alien as trophies. Maybe I’m thinking too much too into it though

    • Repeat after me: Aliens and Predators do not inhabit the same universe.

      Keep repeating until you’ve convinced yourself. It worked for me.

      • @ Stephen

        Wouldn’t it be possible for the Aliens to be around for the number of years as mentioned in AVP to be hunted by Predators & while more are seen in the film in 2058?

  25. I’m not real certain about just how far the straight line Alien film franchise pushes the FTL trope. As most are aware the current ideas are more about actually bending space time in a local way simultaneously, effectively squirting a vehicle along. The vehicle itself never actually exceeds the speed of light which is very likely impossible. As far as using energy weapons vs projectile weapons? That’s kind of unknowable. No one has developed a carry-able energy weapon that works like in many stories. The problems of their use haven’t been fully explored and even today there is much wrangling, research, and exploration in just how you make a weapon like that. I forsee projectile weapons being used far into the future. If for no other reason than the fact that R&D and their utility are so much further along and will probably stay ahead in that respect for a long time. The universe’s of “Star Trek” like SciFi have pushed these ideas along faster, I believe, because they expect we’ll run into more advanced and friendly races sooner rather than much later in human history, so exchanges in technology will occur sooner. Some of our technological ideas have hit barriers in development and it’s hard to know when and how these things will progress. Fusion power has been a classic example for years now, as it’s always being predicted as being 20 years away from practical use. It’s been that way now for well over 70 years, perhaps longer…

  26. As many scientist, not science fiction writers, now believe. If we do encounter other forms of intelligent life, it might not be friendly. Check out the ‘other’ intelligent and no so intelligent life forms on our planet. Our world may just a mininature of life in the universe if it exist.

  27. I agree it’s kind of a crap shoot, that being the case, we and I imagine other races will be constantly developing protocols to evaluate and exit any encounter. Their has to be inborn a certain level of ability to cooperate and coexist or they would blow themselves up before ever reaching a stage of development to travel beyond their own home anyway. Hopefully it’ll happen out in the void where we both can have a chance at peaceful coexistence. Space is extraordinarily ridiculously huge, the distances between things makes some things hard to imagine. Just finding other planets in Goldilocks zones is daunting…

    • this sounds like a load of cobblers, bet my left nut this is not a valid plot line.

  28. With Ridley Scott directing this films gonna look spectacular. Im really looking forward to watching this.

  29. Kind of late for an outline to appear. The script has been writen and re-writen and probably undergone some if not many changes. The outline is interesting but doesn’t go beyond the tidbitd that have already been out there by Ridley himself. Most anyone could have cobbled this sketchy outline together. It’s good though.