This prologue with Shaw won't be in the film, but the bombing scene probably will be.
Which baffles me, because there's a lot of people, even some I know personally, that still wonder if this is a sequel to Prometheus or not. I'm sure leaving the little prologue part in the movie would help rather than hinder in that case. But I guess we'll find out what happens to Shaw anyway (hopefully!), so whatever, I guess.
I think if someone--particularly a fan of Prometheus
--is paying attention to any of the trailers or any of the marketing, it's clear this is a sequel to Prometheus
and a prequel to Alien
. And I think the casual viewer who doesn't remember Prometheus
, or didn't see it, or is just excited about a new, high quality Alien
film will flock to see this opening night.
Releasing the prologue to the public a month prior to the film's release is smart because it caters to both groups: those of us who want more Prometheus
and more Shaw get to see what happened in the aftermath, and those who don't realize it's continuing the Prometheus
storyline will be reminded and prepared. Ultimately having David prominently in the film continues the narrative either way and most who go see Covenant
will remember him (and recognize Fassbender as Walter), but I think this prologue eases the blow of the diminished role/fate of Shaw without having to shoehorn a flashback that's too explicit or start the film off directly at the end of Prometheus
, which is something they could have done but Ridley opted for a Weyland/David moment instead.