Screen Rant’s number one most anticipated film of 2013 is Star Trek Into Darkness and much of that is due to how exciting and mysterious the limited amount of footage and imagery we’ve seen are. The Star Trek 2 teaser trailer gave us a brief, yet powerful introduction to the villainous John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the nine-minute IMAX prologue promised an action-packed adventure with stunning visuals.

With much of the J.J. Abrams buzz shifting towards now-Disney-owned return of Star Wars, Paramount is aiming to take back the spotlight with this Star Trek Into Darkness 30-second Super Bowl XLVII, which cost them $3.8 million to air during the big game.

The 30-second ad is a sizzle reel of the most intense and frantic moments from the teaser trailer and appropriately begins with Cumberbatch’s character narrating in his dark, intimidating voice. This is highlighted by new dialogue shown here where Harrison tells Kirk he’s better at “everything.” Awesome!

[We’ll update with the extended version when it becomes available.]

Also note the Enterprise yet again taking a beating, like it has in the majority of franchise films to date. Starfleet’s insurance company should stop accepting claims for ships with the NCC-1701 designation.

Official Star Trek Into Darkness synopsis:

In Summer 2013, director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Interested Android and iOS users can download the free Star Trek app at which offers tickets for showtimes beginning two days early on May 17th. There’s also a slightly extended version of the Star Trek Into Darkness Super Bowl spot available for viewing.

The Star Trek sequel stars Alice Eve, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bruce Greenwood, Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban, Peter Weller, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana and is directed by J.J. Abrams off a script by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci.

Watch all of the 2013 Super Bowl movie trailers here! Did the new footage answer any of our 10 Star Trek 2 questions?

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters (regular and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013.

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Source: Apple