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'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser Trailer: Khan You Dig It?

“So, shall we begin?”

The first teaser footage for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has arrived, giving fans their initial glimpse at the sequel to the surprisingly successful reboot of the long-running franchise. And as we speculated earlier, the clip focuses on Abrams’ mysterious villain, as played by the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch. But does the clip subtly reveal who Cumberbatch will play? Perhaps.  
 
First, the footage. It’s largely set on our planet, where Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew are celebrating their unlikely victory in the initial film. Their guard is down, which is the perfect time for an evil force to strike. 
 
The visuals are stunning, with Spock (Zachary Quinto) plunging into the mouth of what looks like a volcano, and the Enterprise emerging from underneath some deep body of water. The scope is larger than the initial Trek, and the stakes seems dangerously high. Watch the teaser announcement right here, via Apple’s trailer page:
 

 
Here’s where things get interesting: The Japanese version of the same trailer runs a mere 12 seconds longer than the domestic version … and includes a massive clue to Cumberbatch’s identity. Possibly. If you believe this photo, taken from the very end of the Japanese cut of the trailer, references the infamous ending of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. (The Web site Giant Freakin’ Robot has a fantastic breakdown of the pros and cons of this possible scenario.)

 
“Is there anything you would not do for your family?”  
 
Paramount plans to show more footage from Star Trek Into Darkness ahead of The Hobbit on Dec. 14 in 2D, 3D and IMAX. So we’ll have plenty more to discuss as the month rolls on. But finally, we have footage to discuss … and a Khan controversy brewing. What do you think of the Star Trek teaser?
 
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