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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ trailer brings up Khan?

- December 8th, 2012

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So unless you were off on a beach somewhere (like me), you’ve probably watched the teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, but have you seen the Japanese version?

It runs slightly longer and has a definite reference to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) touch hands through glass as the villain (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) asks, ‘Is there anything you wouldn’t do for your family?’

You’ll remember Kirk and Spock did something similar in the earlier film before the latter died, so one has to ask: Is that intentional? Would they kill off Spock so soon? Not likely. Why give that away if it was going to happen?

As you already know, there has been a lot of talk over Cumberbatch’s character and whether he’s an alternate version of Khan Noonien Singh (who was originally played by Ricardo Montalban). The new trailer doesn’t answer that question. But Abrams was clearly open to the possibility when he discussed the film with MTV in 2009.

“Certain people are destined to cross paths and come together, and Khan is out there … even if he doesn’t have the same issues,” he said.

Khan or not, what we do know about Cumberbatch’s villain is that he is awfully mad at Starfleet.

“You think your world is safe,” he says in a voice oozing Bane-like anger. “It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned to have my vengeance.”

Other things, I noticed. For a space movie, much of the action seems to be taking place on land – and water. Kirk does a cliff jump into water, the Enterprise rises out of the ocean, there are volcanoes and lots of earthly explosions (San Fran’s gonna take a pounding in this one). But…where are the stars dude?

We’ll know more when the 9-minute prologue debuts alongside The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dec. 14.

Star trek Into Darkness hits theatres May 17, 2013.

Check out the two trailers below and let us know what you think in the comments.

North American Version

Japanese Version