Watch: Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Shows Us Pivotal Moment in 2036

2036: Nexus Dawn, directed by Luke Scott.

"This is an angel. And I made him." So speaks the incredibly creepy scientific genius Neander Wallace (Jared Leto) to a gathering of technology and law-enforcement officials. The year is 2036, replicants have been outlawed, and humanity is at a crossroads.

In 2036: Nexus Dawn, the first of three prequels to Blade Runner 2049, a decision is made that bridges the story gap between the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, and the original film.

For context, here is the timeline of the Blade Runner universe as shown by director Denis Villeneuve at the Blade Runner 2049 panel at SDCC:

2019: Blade Runner Rick Deckard flees Los Angeles with a replicant named Rachael.

2020: The Tyrell Corporation introduces a new replicant model, the Nexus 8S, which has extended lifespans. (Dave Bautista plays one of these Replicants in 2049.)

2022: An EMP detonation causes a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world.

2023: A Replicant prohibition is put into effect.

2025: A new company, Wallace Corp., solves the global food shortage and becomes a massive super power.

2030: Replicant prohibition is repealed.

2049: Life on Earth has reached its limit and society divides between Replicant and human.

We learn a lot about the mind and motives of Neander Wallace, in this short film. Wallace is suffering from a debilitating ailment, and perhaps not coincidentally  is obsessed with creating life possessing infinite strength, over which he has total control. He is clearly a man of means and influence; his mad dreams, and the fact that he has the money and power to make them a reality, set the stage for Blade Runner 2049, in theaters October 6.