The crux of Paramount's marketing for Star Trek Into Darkness to date has been Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious antagonist John Harrison (assuming that's his real name...), and that continues today with a newly-released image and viral clip that features the character making a not-so-thinly veiled threat against young Captain Kirk.
It comes as little surprise that the viral promo doesn't include any new footage not shown in previous clips - including the final theatrical trailer that dropped this week - but Harrison's monologue does a nice job setting up the personal challenge Kirk must face to truly earn his stripes as Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and it continues to position Cumberbatch as the Joker to Chris Pine's Batman (as our Kofi Outlaw observed in his editorial about the Dark Knight influence on Into Darkness).
Director J.J. Abrams has likewise emphasized that there's a method to Harrison's "madness," as he previously informed Total Film (via Digital Spy):
"[Nero] was just a raging, vengeful lunatic. All he wanted to do was destroy Vulcan, Earth and the Federation… He had backstory, but was kind of irrational.
"The beauty of Benedict's [John Harrison] is that he's completely rational. He's someone that you can have conversations with. You couldn't sit down and talk to Nero - he'd bite your head off!"
Check out the latest Star Trek Into Darkness image below (via MTV):
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Those with good memories, you might recall the first Star Trek Into Darkness set photos were taken during the filming of the scene depicted above, where Harrison exchanges blows with Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana). The sustained secrecy around scenes like that is part of the reason so many are looking forward to this one with great (nay border-line feverish) anticipation.
Star Trek into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, John Cho, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Peter Weller and Simon Pegg. It is directed by J.J. Abrams, who drew from a script written by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci.
Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters (regular and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013. Select IMAX 3D theaters will open May 15th.