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Is Jurassic World Dominion: The Prologue Part Of The Main Movie?

The "Jurassic Park" series, followed by the "Jurassic World" films that feature Chris Pratt's Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing has been set to return to screens with 2022's "Jurassic World: Dominion" for quite some time now. However, due to COVID-19 production issues halting filming in the middle of 2020, the film ultimately wrapped just over one year ago in November. There has been plenty of hype surrounding "Jurassic World: Dominion" since then, as characters from the original "Jurassic Park" trilogy are set to return and play large roles again when the film releases on June 10, 2022, including Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum).

The plot of the film is still relatively vague, although we know from the end of the prior installment of the franchise, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," that dinosaurs have again been unleashed on civilized humanity away from Isla Nubar, Isla Sorna, and the other remote islands where "Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic World" were initiated by InGen. This isn't the first time dinosaurs were unleashed on the unsuspecting public, as seen in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," except that time it was limited to San Diego. However, this time the scale seems to be much larger, requiring the efforts of all the experts to solve this new problem.

Fans are more excited than ever to find out new information on "Jurassic World: Dominion" as a trailer from the official film account dropped earlier today, titled "The Prologue." Here's what we know about the new clip's relation to the upcoming movie.

What The Prologue features

With a running time of 5 minutes and 29 seconds, "The Prologue" begins with a lengthy no-narration look at dinosaurs in prehistoric times. We are introduced to visuals of several Diplodocus, what looks like an Ankylosaurus drinking water, a flock of Pterodactyls, and even a battle between what seems to be the original Tyrannosaurus Rex and another alpha species akin to it, with the original T-Rex falling, only for the famed original mosquito from the first film to appear sucking the blood from its body. "65 Million Years Later" then appears on-screen as the focus shifts to present day with a team of what could be InGen operatives in a helicopter pursuing a rogue T-Rex in a forest that is headed for a drive-in movie theater.

Chaos ensues per "Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic World" fashion, with people running, screaming, and nearly killing one another in the process. As the T-Rex brings chaos to the drive-in, with a man getting run over by a car as he tries to flee, the team in the helicopter attempts to sedate but misses. The T-Rex escapes and the pilot tells the shooter to take it easy, as the creature "can't run forever."

"The Prologue" feels long enough to be an introduction to the film, and many fans are wondering if that's really the case. Is "The Prologue" the actual beginning to "Jurassic World: Dominion," or even a part of the main film at all?

The Prologue is not part of the main film

As Universal itself hinted (via Polygon), "The Prologue" is not actually part of "Jurassic World: Dominion." This isn't too surprising, as during the process of this film's creation, Universal had already dropped another short film back in 2019 called "Battle at Big Rock" that followed a family as they dealt with dinosaurs now being in the world after the events of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" and Dr. Ian Malcolm's (Jeff Goldblum) declaration that we would now be living in a new era where humans and dinosaurs would be forced to coexist. This short film has also been noted to not be part of "Jurassic World: Dominion." Both "The Prologue" and "Battle at Big Rock" are precursors to the main film, setting the stage for the events of what is to come.

It is unclear if there will be any other preliminary trailers or shorts before the official trailer for "Jurassic World: Dominion" arrives, although as Christmas is also fast approaching, the film is nearing closer and closer to the time period where official trailers are usually released. For now, "The Prologue" and the details that it provided will have to be enough to discuss as fans anxiously await glimpses at footage from the main film itself.