March 19, 2012>

The advertising juggernaut for the upcoming summer blockbuster Prometheus hit a peak this weekend at WonderCon in Anaheim, as director Ridley Scott finally premiered the first full official trailer for the film before heading a panel that also included stars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. The lead-up to Saturday’s presentation was long and winding, beginning back in December with a series of teasers promoting the release of the first official teaser. An innovative three-minute viral video was also released in February featuring Guy Pearce in character as Peter Weyland delivering a speech at the 2023 TED conference.

And with the nearly four-month tease now over, what did we learn? The trailer splits its two-and-a-half-minute running time roughly down the middle, focusing first on the ancient pictograms that Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green theorize form an “invitation” from an alien race, and then on the exploration of the distant planet the team lands on, culminating in the discovery of a spaceship that matches the foreign spacecraft from Scott’s 1979 classic Alien. Prometheus is meant to serve as somewhat of a prequel to that genre-defining series, with Scott saying they share the same DNA.

As is the trend with science-fiction nowadays, the film is dark and bleak, at least visually, with the characters mostly illuminated only irregularly by glowing consoles and screens. There are moments of drama and suspense, although the overall plot remains unclear, an issue that—if not altogether beside the point for the millions who will doubtlessly flock to the film—will surely be resolved more satisfactorily as the film’s June release date approaches. The trailer closes on Fassbender whispering, “Big things have small beginnings.” He could be speaking about the film itself.

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