The Engineer is introduced as a creature in the opening sequence. He’s an idealized human in a number of ways with alabaster skin and perfect physique. “He has come to what we discover is Earth to effectively seed Earth with life,” outlines Hill, “he drinks this black organic goo which effectively destroys him from within.”
From that opening shot, as the scene progresses, the audience sees right down to a molecular level and see his DNA being torn apart by this transforming substance. “We see this DNA reform and become Earth DNA, if you like, effectively creating life on Earth,” he says.
I think it was an intentionally oblique reference
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