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Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw in "Prometheus."
There's been lots of debate about what to call "Prometheus," which hits theaters June 8. A prequel to "Alien"? Not really a prequel, but in the same universe? Fans have hunted for "Alien" hints (that space jockey!) in the teaser trailer and debated details dropped in interviews and on Twitter.
Now that a full trailer is out (actually, three different ones--a U.S. version, a U.K. version, and an IMAX version), the exact relationship of "Prometheus" to "Alien" is less important to fans than the mere fact that the new movie looks heart-pounding and exciting all on its own.
British critic Chris Hewitt at Empire Magazine has an exhaustively thorough, shot-by-shot, 61-slide breakdown of the U.S. trailer. (Don't read if you don't want spoilers.)
As Hewitt points out in slide 28, the trailer offers a very brief shot of one of the creatures from "Alien." And slide 31 offers a holographic version of the space jockey's ship. Hewitt also wonders if slide 49 is offering a gigantic spoiler for "Prometheus'" conclusion, so you may want to skip that if you think he could be right.
Watch the trailer for yourself and see what you think.