New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser: The Wrath Of Cumberbatch?

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It's impressive how much J.J. Abrams and the folks at Bad Robot manage to pack into the new teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness without revealing, well, the actual plot of the summer 2013 sequel. Space action! Benedict Cumberbatch! That darned hands-on-glass scene that just screams "I have been and always shall be your friend!" Watch the action-packed teaser below and let's get to piecing together the puzzle.

The teaser is big on setting up an ambiguous adversarial relationship between Kirk (Chris Pine) and Cumberbatch, but Captain Pike's voice over seems more telling of the themes Star Trek Into Darkness will hit: Kirk's bravado, and the danger it poses to his crew. Despite the out of context flashes of intriguing set pieces — Star Warsian spaceship action, that leap off a cliff, that other leap off a building, and what appears to be the Enterprise crash-landing in water — the hands moment ends the tease with a clear nod to Wrath of Khan, although we can't tell who's on what side of the glass.

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Still, something tells me there are more clues hidden in this teaser than we might think, like this brief shot of Noel Clarke's as-yet unidentified character. As seen in the first nine minutes of the film, Clarke plays a man whose ailing daughter Cumberbatch approaches at a London hospital and offers to save. Here we see him in a possibly-Starfleet uniform as he appears to drop a thumble full of something into a glass of water — perhaps fulfilling his end of his deal with the Cumber-Devil?

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What intriguing bits and clues do you see in the teaser? Chime in below.

Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17, 2013.

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  • asdfasdfasg says:

    That doesn't look like a thimble, it looks like a ring.

  • asdfasdfasg says:

    Plus, that's a really, REALLY boring-ass trailer.

  • We all have to remember that now the Trek history can be re-written. What we think we know...we don't. But there are some tantalizing clues. Perhaps this is the start of the wars Spock spoke of in TOS Space Seed episode when he was talking about the history of Earth from the 1990s Eugenic Wars, (sp?). This may be the scientist that wants to create the 'supermen'. Or this may be one of the 'supermen' that wants to take over the Earth...because of his superiority. We may be looking at a prequel of sorts to the Wrath of Kahn storyline we all love so much. See if you can all see the USS Botany Bay somewhere.

  • JJ says:

    The scene showing the pods with two men walking out of the room, you may think those are coffins because of the folding of the starfleet flag just before. Those actually look like cryo-pods, perhaps being stored aboard the SS Botany Bay and Khan walking out of the cargo hold?