Plus Burke confirms that W/Y now manufactures them
I think the exact line is 'we manufacture those, by the way', nothing about for how long or whether it is a new thing to the company. I agree however that it is odd that Ripley and the marines don't know what it is, considering that it is presented in the viral material as being so commonplace for a long time. Chalk it down to exposition - you gotta get it in there somehow I guess.
I think that's really my only "problem" with the new stuff on the website, dropping the atmosphere processor in in 'Prometheus' doesn't jive well with 'Aliens' where the AP station was supposed to be unfamiliar for Ripley. I mean it's not completely irreconcilable - maybe Burke was just being a corporate shill and doing the typical "pre-written salesman pitch" thing on reflex or something.
Like yeah it's meant to be exposition for Ripley (and by proxy, for the audience) but that still establishes some things about the universe and what the characters are familiar with. The Weyland website kind of derails that just so it can have some cute (but otherwise unnecessary) fan-service.
The proto-pulse rifle? That's pretty neat because it actually seems like a precursor to the pulse rifle we know, sorta. The power loader is kind of "eh" because it doesn't look any different, but it still sorta makes sense. The atmosphere processor is just fan-service for its own sake just so people who saw 'Aliens' can say "haw haw it's an atmosphere processor!
" even though it doesn't make as much sense when you stop and think about it.
Fox Corporate is expanding upon the Universe via a viral marketing website. If this isn't Canon, then nothing is.
Frankly I've got no problem taking the website stuff as canon, but I'm an EU fanboy anyway.
Plus very little, if any, of the website info is canon I'd imagine. Probably just promotional stuff.Here we stumble across the very definition of E.U. (Expanded Universe)
The viral website/videos are expanding upon the universe within the movie.
So the folks hired to write the contents and/or build the website are adding to the EU now? I mean come on, we have the right to pick and choose. This just seems hokey. Let's throw an EU Christmas special in there while we're at it, lol.
That's pretty much how it works with any "EU" - the license holders hire people to write stuff, be it a video game, comic book, website, whatever. This isn't new territory, and FOX has been doing it with the Alien franchise for decades now.