New ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ trailer: Big action, even bigger egos

March 21, 2013 | 9:54 a.m.

An international trailer for “Star Trek Into Darkness” has been released, whetting appetites with juicy plot points from the film, in theaters May 17.

There’s been a crime committed in London by a top Starfleet agent. We hear “Into Darkness” villain Benedict Cumberbatch saying nobody is safe — he’s apparently out for blood after “your commanders have done something I can’t forgive.”  Next thing we know, Kirk is seeking vengeance.

The squeeze-a-ship-through-a-crack scene is featured in this trailer, too, but perhaps most fun is the James T. Kirk angst.  It’s positively Shatnerian.:   “I have no idea what I’m supposed to do, I only know what I can do,” says Chris Pine’s Kirk.

In another scene:

“Starfleet is not about vendetta, Kirk.”

“Maybe it should be, sir.”

But Cumberbatch’s (as-yet-unnamed) villain also reveals that he has a Kirk-size ego, foreshadowing a nice showdown between the pair.

He tells the captain: “I am better.”

At what?  “Everything.”

Have a look and let us know what you think in the comments below.  Also, here’s more Cumberbatch in some of the actor’s other roles.

English actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays a villain in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness." Click through this gallery for a look at Cumberbatch's career. He's shown here as Sherlock Holmes in the TV series "Sherlock." (PBS)

Cumberbatch played young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot in the 2005 miniseries "To the Ends of the Earth." The series was nominated for several BAFTA awards. (BBC)

Cumberbatch, third from left, joined James McAvoy, Alice Eve and Elaine Tan in the 2006 film "Starter for 10," about students at Bristol University. (Giles Keyte/Picturehouse)

Benedict Cumberbatch played Paul Marshall in "Atonement," a 2007 movie based on the novel by Ian McEwan. The film won an Oscar, two Golden Globes and two BAFTA awards. (Universal Pictures)

In another period piece, Cumberbatch played William Carey, husband to Scarlett Johansson's Mary Boleyn. (Sony Pictures)

Cumberbatch, right, and Anamaria Marinca starred in the 2008 miniseries thriller "The Last Enemy." (Box TV/BBC/PBS)

In 2010, Cumberbatch acted in "The Whistleblower," a drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, who served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia and exposed a sex scandal. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Cumberbatch's performance as the Baker Street sleuth alongside Martin Freeman's Dr. Watson in the "Sherlock" TV series has catapulted him into the public eye and earned him several awards nods, including BAFTA and Emmy nominations. (BBC/PBS)

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Victor Frankenstein opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Creature in last year's Danny Boyle "National Theatre Live" production of "Frankenstein." The two actors took turns portraying the monster and his creator. (Catherine Ashmore)

Benedict Cumberbatch played opposite Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (Jack English/Focus Features)

Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Peter Guillam in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (Jack English/Focus Features)

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, played Maj. Jamie Stewart alongside Patrick Kennedy and Tom Hiddleston in the 2011 movie "War Horse." (David Appleby/DreamWorks)

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, discusses the next shot with director Steven Spielberg on the set of the 2011 film "War Horse." (David Appleby/DreamWorks)

Cumberbatch will lend his voice to both the dragon Smaug and the Necromancer in Peter Jackson's 2013 film "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," the sequel to this year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema)

Benedict Cumberbatch attends the British Independent Film Awards in London in 2011. (Joel Ryan / Associated Press)

– Amy Hubbard


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7 Responses to New ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ trailer: Big action, even bigger egos

  1. According to the star trek twitter account Mr. Cumberbatch’s character will be named John Harrison

  2. According to the star trek twitter account Mr. Cumberbatch's character is John Harrison.

  3. So "John Harrison" is better at everything? If he is not Khan he is definitely someone who survived the Eugenics Wars. It is well known Trek lore that the genetically engineered from that era were good at everything they did.

  4. James, K says:

    Wow, this movie looks incredible!!

  5. John says:

    Insider Info Here: All these names are masks — this is Khan.

  6. Kenny says:

    It would not make any sort of logical sense for this to be Khan…The timeline is different (and earlier), therefore Enterprise has not (and will probably not) run across the derelict S.S. Botany Bay, adrift in space, therefore has no reason to rescue and then strand Khan on Ceti Alpha V, therefore this character has no reason to come back for vengeance on Kirk. Carol Marcus, however, is a welcome addition to this timeline…

  7. MARK GEORGEFF says:

    Total agree w this trailer! Looks great! Sounds great! Helluva great popcorn movie coming.

    After hearing those great lines of dialogue…I know I've read similar great lines in other spec scripts; other specs that get savaged by consultants, readers script contest judges: other specs by good screenwriters outside the system, as opposed to be the go to WGA writers for J.J already in the HWD system. So…

    Obviously it's not about the writing, right HWD?

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