By Clark Collis
Updated June 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM EDT

Warning: This post contains Prometheus spoilers.

Ridley Scott’s Alien quasi-prequel Prometheus raised a lot of questions. Questions like, “How come it’s the guy with the state-of-the-art 3-D mapping thingamabobs who gets hopelessly lost?” And, “Who exactly decorates their house with a big statue of their own head?” And, “Does Stephen Stills even own an accordion?” And…

“What was that opening scene all about?”

We can’t help with the first three queries but we can offer some fresh information about the film’s first sequence. The Prometheus Forum has acquired an image from some presumably deleted footage which finds the Engineer who commits planet-enriching suicide hanging out with a character who doesn’t appear in the film at all.

You can see the image below although, alas, it just raises more questions. Is this so-called “Elder Engineer” an AARP-ized version of his humanity-creating colleagues? Is he from a different alien race altogether — one which engineered the Engineers? Or is it Bill Hader doing his James Carville impersonation?

Concept art in the newly published Prometheus: The Art of the Film shows the Engineer from the opening sequence being handed his fatal dose of black goo by a hooded figure who looks so much more wizened than his buddy that he might indeed be from a different alien race.

Your theories on the subject would be most welcome…

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