While recent buzz surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness has shifted slightly towards the future in light of news that director J.J. Abrams will shockingly, yet fittingly direct Star Wars Episode VII, the latest teaser trailer and full international trailer are re-focusing fans on Screen Rant's most anticipated film of the year.
Let's forget about Star Trek 3 possibly releasing in 2016, the 50th anniversary of the franchise, and who make takeover to direct while Abrams producers, and instead enjoy the most revealing look Into Darkness yet.
The first full Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, gloomy and awe-inspiring, teased the much desired return of the Enterprise crew and threw them into a series of intense, emotional albeit disconnected action-packed sequences. Much of the scenic destruction and chaos depicted seemed to be caused by a new, intimidating and powerful villain who we later learned was named John Harrison. Later, the Super Bowl trailer showcased a little more of the USS Enterprise, falling apart, while the mysterious Harrison claimed that he's better at "everything" than Kirk.
With the international trailer, we now see clearly what John Harrison did and why Kirk leads the charge against him. Harrison is a Starfleet officer who betrays them for reasons we do not yet know. Unlike Nero from this film's predecessor, Harrison is a villain Abrams says audiences can feel for and understand, so expect twists and turns and story much more than a simple tale of revenge.
The second one-minute teaser last week, presented young Captain Kirk getting disciplined by Admiral Pike, inter-spliced with a Star Wars-esque chase sequence. For long-time fans, seeing and hearing Kirk take command of his crew and the Enterprise was refreshing to see after all the marketing thus far has been unsurprisingly dominated by Cumberbatch's voice and presence. Now we see them face-to-face, and their confrontations put into context.
UPDATE: Did you notice this sexy shot of Alice Eve in the trailer (we're fairly sure you did):
Well, that little "glamor shot" was actually a clever diversion! In the background of the image there is a URL that unlocked a new Star Trek Into Darkness poster!
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Official Star Trek Into Darkness synopsis:
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.
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.
Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters (regular and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013. Select IMAX 3D theaters will open May 15th.
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