Our first official (teaser) trailer is here for Star Trek Into Darkness. And it’s gloriously sinister.
I seriously cannot wait for the cunning wraith Cumberbatch will bring to his as-yet-unnamed villainous role. We also get to see a lot more old school action that the original series was known for. Sure, we got a bit of fisticuffs in the first film (especially from John Cho’s Sulu) but this looks a little more action packed than the first foray into the reboot.
And now if we could get slightly nerdy on you all: there are two strong possibilities for Cumberbatch’s villain. One is that he is Khan Noonien Singh – a well known, well liked, easily rebootable foil for Kirk. He has super human strength, a thirst for vengeance, and a penchant for Starshipnapping. My immediate reaction of “holy cow he is playing Khan” clouded my eyes for my first 4 run-throughs of the teaser. But then, there was the multiple appearances of the blonde science/medical officer played by Alice Eve (whose character is also a secret.) While I first assumed she was playing Nurse Christine Chapel, what is more likely is that she is playing Dr Elizabeth Dehner. And if she is? Then Cumberbatch is most definitely playing Gary Mitchell, as those two characters come packaged together from the Original Series. What Mitchell, a Starfleet officer who ends up with godlike ESPer powers, is doing with a gun is beyond me and the only detail giving me any doubts at the moment.
UPDATE: Embedded below is the Japanese teaser (subtitled) which is almost exactly the same as the one above. EXCEPT! For an additional 10 seconds at the very end that is sure to cause a massive fan freakout. (Freakout confirmed: I’m experiencing it.)
So watch, indulge, and let us know what you think in the comments!