It's been a long four-year wait for Star Trek 2 - now officially titled Star Trek Into Darkness - and Trekkies have been understandably insatiable in their consumption and dissection of any and every little bit of material that has hit the Interwebs, which is why we know that hardcore fans will appreciate the quasi-gift we have for them today.
Star Trek 2 director J.J. Abrams was on Conan recently, and took the opportunity to treat fans to the first ever clip from the sequel.... well, sort of. As seen in the interview above, Abrams alleges that Paramount only allowed him to bring a clip that was three frames long, literally making it a 'blink and you miss it,' experience.
While this "micro-clip" is likely to annoy many casual moviegoers hoping to be fed actual Star Trek 2 goodies, the hardcore elite will, as Conan so aptly pointed out, be pausing the footage to analyze every micro-detail. Check out a screenshot of the clip below, which Abrams describes as 'Spock (Zachary Quinto) in a volcano':
Star Trek Into Darkness finds Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew facing the challenge of a nefarious villain (whose identity we STILL can't confirm) played by Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who promises "iconic and exciting" things from his character (take that however you will). We've seen Cumberbatch and Quinto's Spock doing battle in what looks to be a scorched environment (as far as green screen and makeup can convey), and I have my own growing suspicion that this sequel could emulate the path of Stark Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), which ended with the death of Spock in act of noble sacrifice. Could Abrams' Conan tease actually be sly revelation of a critical moment?
And so, as has been the usual with this film, we end with just as many (if not more) questions than when we started. Though, with the release date finally inching closer, and the demands for a trailer mounting by the day, we should start getting some solid answers soon.
Star Trek Into Darkness will hit 3D and IMAX theaters on May 17, 2013.
Source: Team Coco