Could the stakes be much higher in Ridley Scott's Prometheus than anybody realized?

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We've been on the edges of our seats for Ridley Scott's Prometheus since we glimpsed some footage at San Diego Comic-Con, but what's it all about? Earlier plot synopses suggested that we would find out the answers to "life's ultimate mystery."

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But the latest plot synopsis, released via the film's Facebook page, suggests the stakes may be a lot higher than we realized — the future of humanity:

Ridley Scott, director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

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So we're not only going to discover where humanity began, but also what might end us. That's a lot for one movie to tackle. [Facebook, thanks Cristian!]

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Anyone want to take bets on whether "the origins of mankind on Earth" will be in any way compatible with well-established scientific research?