Universal debuted the first ever footage from The Thing prequel at New York Comic Con. We witnessed a pretty impressive mix of ominous foreshadowing and hot alien tentacle action. So far, so good. Spoilers ahead...
In a place where there is nothing, they found SOMETHING....fade out "some" to reveal just THE THING.
The trailer starts off in New York City. Scientist Kate Lloyd (played by Scott Pilgrim's Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is having coffee with scientist Adam Goodman (the shirtless guy from Community). Adam is telling Kate that they're going to Antarctica, that he's taking her out from the museum where she "collects bones" to be on the forefront of something revolutionary. Kate asks him what it is that they'll be studying, but he doesn't know.
Flash-cut to wide shot of a snowy landscape where a square little truck putters across the white terrain, next thing you know it's night, storming, you're outside of the original Norwegian base. An elderly voice, possibly the main scientist in charge of the mission, explains that they've made a discovery, and everyone is about to be a part of something groundbreaking. The trailer slowly swaps from the Norwegian team digging inside a snow cave, to close ups on each face finally stopping on a giant ice block, where The Thing is presumably trapped. Then they bring out the drill.
If the first half of the trailer is any indication as to what the pace of the actual film will be like — and director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. stated that he cut this teaser himself — then all of the worries about the pacing matching up with the original Thing may not apply. The tension was there, and it was building — they even used the Norwegian folk-song scene (which Mary Elizabeth Winstead told us about during our set visit) to add a dash of eerie tension.