New Prometheus image shows previously unseen alien

Take a look at an older Engineer

Prometheus is still keeping fans furiously chewing over its various questions and mysteries, with the release of a previously unseen image showing another member of the extra-terrestrial race known as the Engineers.

The image appears to be taken from a deleted scene from the film's spectacular (if slightly baffling) opening, in which a hooded humanoid creature drinks a vial of black liquid, causing him to collapse and dissolve into a nearby river.

Whereas the theatrical cut showed the aforementioned figure all alone in his task, this new image shows him joined by a second figure, one apparently showing the signs of pronounced old age. These things don't remain muscle-bound titans forever, then.

How exactly the second figure would have fit into the plot is anyones guess, although with Ridley Scott confirming that the Blu-ray edition will contain around 20-30 minutes of deleted scenes, we should be able to find out eventually. However, he does stress that the theatrical cut is the version he wanted, and any deleted scenes will only be present as extras.

"This is fundamentally the director’s cut," he says of the theatrical version, "but there will be half an hour of stuff on the menu because people are so into films—how they’re made, how they’re set up, and the rejections in it.  That’s why it’s fascinating.  So this will all go on to the menu."


What was your interpretation of the opening scene? Tell us, below...

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    • nacho316

      Jun 15th 2012, 8:55

      No amount of deleted scenes or ridley spin will make me feel any different other than the fact that i was cheated out of what should have been the prequel of my LIFE and turned out to be the biggest disappointment in film HISTORY!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 15th 2012, 10:05

      Two s**t aliens for the price of one. It's no good asking us what we think.. if Damon Lindelof and Ridley Scott don't have a f*****g clue, how are we?

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    • SussexUK

      Jun 15th 2012, 10:07

      I thought it was a great start to the film, looked great and instantly you wanted to know more. Is it Earth or another planet. Is it in the past or is it in the future. Maybe a future earth when humans are extinct. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole movie and all the questions just makes it even better. Look at one of most acclaimed movies of 2011... Kill List. What the hell was all that about? But it got people talking, discussing their interpretations, which is great. They can churn out Avengers and Transformers and other popcorn movies over and over but Prometheus is, for me, top film of 2012 so far.

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    • Demortu

      Jun 15th 2012, 11:08

      #MODERATE SPOILERS# Aw shucks, I was hoping for something actually creepy that might approach the horror of the xenomorphs of all. I felt the Space Jockeys (or Engineers...) looked far more interesting in their skeletal elephantine suits rather than the whole pale Dr Manhatten look. The starting scene was beautiful scene, and sure is a piece of luck that through all the other species of animal one eventually evolved which directly matched their DNA. The aliens on the whole were a bit unimaginative and disappointing, considering the splendid design work Giger did on the original. Cuddly womb-cuttlefishes and flappy p***s snakes just don't cut the mustard for me.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jun 15th 2012, 11:40

      yay! more complaining from people who seem to know how to make movies better than ridley scott. it's a pity all the promos and hype ruined it for some. btw i love dvd extras

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 15th 2012, 11:45

      No it's still complaining at how bad the film was. Terrible acting/characters/plot/script/motivations/pointless 3D etc. Ridley Scott can make better movies than me no question.. he can also make better films than this which is why I personally am very disappointed, and in no way am I disappointed about the whole Alien connection.. that just doesn't factor in for me.

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    • FBJRider

      Jun 15th 2012, 11:48

      I can't wait to see the extra bits, wish people would stop going on about how it was rubbish because it fell short of their expectations. The fact is nothing will reach your expectations if you set them high enough. Why say it's rubbish because it's not a direct prequel? Scott said it himself that it wasn't so it's your own fault for going into the cinema expecting one. The whole point is to expand the universe and over the course of Prometheus and it's sequels answer the questions you have. Did you really think they'd be spoon fed to you after all this time?

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 15th 2012, 11:59

      But it's got nothing to do with expectation... the film was badly made. The whole argument of "it will be explained in the sequels" is frankly ridiculous, it's like getting a hand written letter saying that "I've written you a letter, you should receive it soon". And also I think that the writers (who are mainly to blame) do not know how they will answer their own questions. It comes down to extremely lazy screen writing.

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    • SussexUK

      Jun 15th 2012, 12:03

      I personally disagree with the "Terrible acting/characters/plot/script/motivations/pointless 3D etc". I saw it in an IMAX and it looked great so maybe the regular 3D version was bit rubbish but most are. I think Fassbender did a great job of "Dave", great character and good acting. Charlize Therons Meredith Vickers character i also liked but bit wasted but i expect to see her in the sequel... or a version of her if she was a robot.Idris Elba was good and created the character as he should have been played very much like Brett and Parker from Alien. Everyone else won't be winning any oscars but wouldn't say terrible acting. It does seem a lot of hype has given a lot of people far too high expectations and you must know by now... never believe the hype.

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    • BrwnKid

      Jun 15th 2012, 12:15

      Are you kidding me? This was a prequel- you just have to keep an open mind about it. Like Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, "Prometheus" isn't directly related to "Alien," but it does show us how and why things happened. The thing about Sci-Fi is that we answer our own questions, not the writers, or have we all forgotten that everything isn't supposed to be black and white?

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 15th 2012, 12:17

      Obviously the film divides opinion, if you don't agree with the terrible list above you must surely except the script was bad? At least give me that (hey look Charly, they have a Medibot 2000, hopefully no-one will need to use that) :) Vickers was a complete mystery to me.. she was in charge but she didn't own the ship, wasn't the captain, didn't put the mission together and actually wasn't in charge as Weyland clearly states that Shaw and Holloway were. I except that the idea of her being an android (sorry, artificial person) was obviously how she approached it but it was like nobody told her that they were no longer going down that route. I've seen it in 2D and 3D (at the London Imax) and can genuinely say that there was no difference. I wasn't including Fassbender as I thought he was good and I'd agree that Idris Elba was the best of the rest. On the whole though I genuinely thought it was a badly made movie. But the fact that so many people did like it doesn't bother me in any way.. well, maybe a little :)

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Jun 15th 2012, 13:16

      Agree completely with ChrisWooton, Prometheus was a very poor film and my expectations weren't that high going in so it's definitely not a case of it not living up to expectations. Fassbender's performance was the only thing that stood out in a very mediocre film, a real let down. Still, thought it was better than The Avengers though.

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    • SiMan

      Jun 15th 2012, 13:35

      With regards to that opening scene and what was happening in it, i read one review that said that 'An alien Titan drinks a strange liquid, killing himself and beginning life on earth'.......Now, i'll admit that i totally did not get that when i saw it - it never even crossed my mind in the slightest, but it does kind of make sense seeing as they were supposed to be 'Engineers' and Shaw thought that they were the ones that created humans. But if this the case it just backs up my argument that this was a poorly written movie. It just didn't explain things well enough. Things that happen in the film may have been intended to be one thing, but the audience just didn't seem to pick up on it. The amount of unanswered questions people have had about this film is ridiculous. And as pointed out above, some of the obvious setups for later in the film (oh this part of the ship is a seperate life-boat.......By the way, we have a Medical machine that performs surgery) were what dissapointed me the most.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 15th 2012, 13:50

      Also, why would they leave a star map over several generations leading humans to the weapons manufacturing plant on LV 223?

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    • smellyhands

      Jun 15th 2012, 15:05

      @ChrisWootton. I'm just curious as to why you went to a film twice that you thought was terrible. Normally people go to a film more than once because they enjoyed or liked it to warrant a repeat viewing.

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    • Trickycustomer

      Jun 15th 2012, 15:15

      i would prefer the extra scenes to be in a director's cut version instead of watching them from a menu! That's just sloppy! He did it in alien director's cut in 2007 so i think it would be better if he released prometheus on bluray with both director's cut & theatrical versions. And of course all the extra in depth behind the scenes extras that we come to expect.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 15th 2012, 16:06

      Good question smellyhands.. I went twice because it is a big event in the film diary, I was curious to see how Ridley Scott dealt with 3D and not being a lover of 3D (still not after seeing it) I went to see the 2D version first. I had Imax tickets booked in advance but not until a week after it was released.. I couldn't wait that long so saw it opening weekend as well. I genuinely thought that maybe second time around I might be able to find some answers but alas no.. it was as bad. The one positive thing is that the pacing was good enough that I didn't feel bored even on second viewing.

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 15th 2012, 17:33

      Prometheus was by no means a bad movie the problem is it was hyped up so much that Ridley needed a masterpiece to meet the expectations.

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    • linzirm

      Jun 15th 2012, 21:18

      Man, really bummed they cut the Voldemort cameo.

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    • EbonHawk

      Jun 16th 2012, 3:45

      It is my believe that the Prometheus (while still flawed in some places) is an excellent movie, one that sticks to an inner order and delivers the message, to those who listen. Therefore it is a purpose of this essay to try and educate people to look below the surface and below instant self-gratification that the modern audience expects from a movie. Please be warn that the following notes are heavy on mythological and religious terms and references. They are written in a neutral tone and are not intended at offending anyone. Furthermore they represent a compilation of facts, points of views, observations and other reference materials as found online. Names and references used can confirmed via Google/Wikipedia/Other online sources. To begin with it is worth noting two facts. Ridley Scott stated himself that the SJ's (Space Jockey's) culture was based on Persian Myths. References to that are as far reaching as the original Alien (design of Nostromo being one of the primary examples) and are fatefully carried forward. Additionally Ridley Scott noted that he intends to bring elements of Erich von Dänikenin theories into view in the movie. So armed with those two facts let us embark onto the journey of interpretation. Persian Myths would most likely constitute as Sumerian/Akkadian/Hindu mythology. Our first pointy of connection, let’s put things in context and take a look at some examples of Sumerian drawings and their representation of Gods and Dragons. Please do note extended heads and elephant like noses, facial extensions, possibly beards, heads in some cases devoid of hair and large black eyes. Creators - Anunnaki (Senior Gods) Helpers - Igigi (Junior Gods), also known as the Watchers, Grigori, and Archons (in many Sumerian texts they are actually referred to as "Pilots", in other religious texts referred to as Angels). When the Anunnaki began "terraforming" the Earth, they had the Igigi do the work for them. After a few thousand years the Igigi revolted. The Anunnaki then decided to create humans to do the work for them. Sumerian paradise is described as a garden in the myth of Atrahasis where lower rank deities (the Igigi) are put to work digging a watercourse by the more senior deities (the Anunnaki). When the gods, man-like, Bore the labour, carried the load, The gods' load was great, The toil grievous, the trouble excessive. The great Anunnaku, the Seven, Were making the Igigu undertake the toil. The Igigi then rebel against the dictatorship of Enlil, setting fire to their tools and surrounding Enlil's great house by night. On hearing that toil on the irrigation channel is the reason for the disquiet, the Anannuki council decide to create man to carry out agricultural labour. They sacrificed one of the rebel Igigi named Geshtu to use his blood to make human beings, by mixing it with elements native to the Earth. Geshtu-(E) (also Geshtu, Gestu) is, in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology, a minor god of intelligence. Legend says that he was sacrificed by the great gods and his blood was used in the creation of mankind. At this point please do observe the draft of the opening scene from Prometheus Art Book. Or the picture of deleted/additional scenes as made available by Total Film. Quite clearly it has never made it into the movie in the original format, yet it depicts the Elder passing the vase filled with something (Xenomass) onto another. Even though the humans were created and did the work, a third of the Igigi still were not satisfied and sought revenge for Geshtu, so they rebelled again against the Anunnaki Lords and began breeding/mixing with the human females creating Nephelim. This is what sparked the Prime Lord Enlil to flood the earth. According to Sumerian mythology, Enki assisted humanity to survive the Deluge designed to kill them. In the later Legend of Atrahasis, Enlil, the king of the gods, sets out to eliminate humanity, whose noise is disturbing his rest. He successively sends drought, famine and plague to eliminate humanity, but Enki thwarts his half-brother's plans by teaching Atrahasis how to counter these threats. Each time, Atrahasis asks the population to abandon worship of all gods, except the one responsible for the calamity, and this seems to shame them into relenting. Humans, however, proliferate a fourth time. Enraged, Enlil convenes a Council of Deities and gets them to promise not to tell humankind that he plans their total annihilation. Enki does not tell Atrahasis directly, but speaks to him in secret via a reed wall. He instructs Atrahasis to build a boat in order to rescue his family and other living creatures from the coming deluge. After the seven day Deluge, the flood hero frees a swallow, a raven and a dove in an effort to find if the flood waters have receded. Upon landing, a sacrifice is made to the gods. Enlil is angry his will has been thwarted yet again, and Enki is named as the culprit. Enki explains that Enlil is unfair to punish the guiltless, and the gods institute measures to ensure that humanity does not become too populous in the future. This is one of the oldest of the surviving Middle Eastern Deluge myths. Enlil and the rest of the Anunnaki decide to return home and let the humans develop on their own. Enki and his family stay behind. Presumably the Igigi are forced to leave Earth as well. The remaining rebel Igigi were then imprisoned on a planet on the way back to the homeworld and it is said as punishment and as a mark of their disobedience they are altered into a Demonic appearance, no longer retaining the Angelic appearance. One could interpret this as being subjected to Xenomass or even Xenomorphs. Enki and his crew are probably the ones leaving the maps for humans to find, along with being the ones that are helping humans advance throughout time, The cave drawings could also be interpreted as the communication via Reed Wall between Enki and Atrahasis. The sacrificial engineer creating life (presumably on Earth though that is never clarified) is quite possibly Geshtu, The lone surviving engineer at the LV 223 facility could most likely be Marduk or a servant/worshipper of Marduk, The Xenomorph is Mushussu, a creature Marduk fashioned and used as his pet, The Mushussu (formerly also read as sirrušu, sirrush) is a creature depicted on the reconstructed Ishtar Gate of the city of Babylon, originally dating to the 6th century B.C. It is a mythological hybrid, a scaly dragon with hind legs like an eagle's talons and feline forelegs. It also has a long neck and tail, a horned head, a snakelike tongue and a crest. Now at this point we are seeing a passage of time, namely 2000+ years. So, this creates two possibilities on why the engineers wanted to destroy us, both obviously add/modify the myth in some way. First possibility: It is at that point that they (the Engineers as combined Anunnaki and Igigi) have decided to unleash the "flood" on us and wipe us out once and for all as a faulty and in their mind irredeemable creation. The flood of course is not made out of water but out of something much darker, something black and they themselves failed to contain it and fell prey to it (hopefully I do not need to spell this part out for you). This would suggest that the significance of Shaw's cross and her "I believe" attitude are very well done and subtle hints that, it was indeed our own free will and choice to believe what we want to believe, to walk our own path (either through faith or science or any other means applicable to you as an individual) is what gave us strength to free ourselves from their oppression and reach for the stars, to achieve all that we have (for better or worse) and what have ultimately condemned us in the eyes of the Engineers. Second possibility: The Engineers that are set on destroying all life on Earth are of the Igigi rebels who viewed Earth as their own. They have always despised humans because the Anunnaki saw us as more in their likeness than them. It is possible that the Igigi have long since destroyed or taken over the Anunnaki and the homeworld, and conquering Earth is like claiming the prize or spoils of war... the final act. This obviously points towards splinter within the ranks of Space Jockeys and their society. It is possible that the Xenomorphs were engineered and used to win this war, though through Xenomorphs’ perfection the creatures themselves got out of control and began to infect and destroy the Igigi who manufactured and transported them (this accounts for LV 426 accident), creating more Xenomorphs (Mushussu) in the process. It is mentioned in several lesser stories that Marduk created the Mushussu out of using the essence of the Gods' (Anunnaki) he killed as a symbol of his conquering and being able to control them... Mind is like a parachute, it only works when open...

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    • nigellockett

      Jun 16th 2012, 9:27

      anyone who thinks Avengers is a pop corn movie missed the point. Joss does fun and character. Lets see someone else try to duplicate what Joss has achieved. Prometheus was style over substance - an art film but it will drive another sequel for the money men due to its questions - still a good film but you have to have seen Alien to get much out of it. 1.3 billion for Avengers and the 3rd biggest box office cannot be derided just because it involves scifi/fantasy figures - it has heart and characters who millions care about, nuff said

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Jun 16th 2012, 11:48

      nigellockett it has nothing to do with it being a sci-fi/fantasy film, its just awful, bad acting (apart from Robert Downey Jr of course), stupidly cheesy script and the action scenes just get really boring after a while. It really is just a shockingly poor storyline and an awful script disguised by a f**k-load of explosions. Prometheus was slightly better but still wasn't a good film.

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    • sunmonkey

      Jun 16th 2012, 15:44

      ChrisWootton: agree with you 100% that it is the screenplay that ruins this movie. It is hard to pick one place to start with it, there is that much awry. The most egregious for me is that almost all of the characters have the mental maturity of a box of spaghetti and the emotional response of a five year old. Leads me to believe that the screenwriters don't get out too much. I saw Prometheus last week in IMAX 3D, and this evening in 2D. The one thing that 3D did well was to create a greater sense of scale, especially where the Prometheus was concerned. Other than that, I don't feel it added much to the experience. I did enjoy the movie more the second time; it made more sense. That said, I still feel like I've been ripped off: the movie poses questions it never intended to answer, and they are already talking about 20-30 minutes of extra footage for the blu-ray, and a sequel, and blah blah woof woof. I feel like my wallet just got played hard by the studio.

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    • SussexUK

      Jun 16th 2012, 21:47

      although we're here to talk Prometheus i just wanted to pick up on the reference to Avengers being a popcorn movie. A popcorn movie, in my terms, is a good entertaining no brainer movie that you turn off your brain, sit back, forget about your troubles in the real world and be entertained for a couple of hours... thus.. The Avengers. I totally enjoyed my couple of hours of crash bang whallop entertainment but once i had come out of the cinema that experience was over. I actually enjoyed Ironman, Thor, Captain America and even the Hulk 2 better as there was more story and more character, for me. Avengers is an amazing visual movie and thoroughly entertaining but still a popcorn movie... nuff said.

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    • alexr

      Jun 18th 2012, 11:33

      @EbonHawk What you have laid out for us there certainly goes 'some way' to a possible explanation of potential back story. I like it. But you would need an entire movie crammed with exposition to get across all you have explained. Perhaps that'll be 'Prometheus 2'? Personally, I'm not yet done with this universe, and I'd like someone to come out and state boldly: "This is where we come from. This is what was happenning. This is how and why the Alien was created. Now go back home and be afraid..."

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    • Siban1982

      Jun 19th 2012, 11:44

      @linzirm - love it lol! *** SPOILAGE AHEAD Hate the creature/ being designs in this film - I mean muscly men that seem to be made out of s***k? Seriously? Where are the females? Plus the flying saucer at the beginning - shameless effort in design. Total let down and completely uninspiring. I read somewhere, someone saying "Prometheus is a great movie if you understand the history"? Possibly one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen someone write but people keep saying this sort of thing to justify this poorly made film. Think it was on Twitter. Scott's track record hasn't exactly been amazing of late... I mean Kingdom Of Heaven and Robin Hood anyone?! Anyway thought this was basically the biggest let down in film for a long time. Character depth was terrible (surely suicide takes some thought?) and predictable and the marketing was completely false to what the film actually delivers. I didn't mind the film but I'm not interested in the sequel, especially with that terrible alien design attempt at the end. Shocking.

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    • JeanClaude

      Jun 22nd 2012, 17:24

      This is why I will always stick with the classic sci fi films. I'm really excited for Giorgio Moroder’s limited edition of Metropolis that will be released on DVD in the UK. It will be viewable online on July 23rd through YEKRA. Until then, watch the official trailer at Metropolismovie.co.uk.

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