J.J. Abrams On Klingons In Star Trek Into Darkness

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J.J. Abrams is known for his secrecy, so it’s surprising when he says anything at all about Star Trek Into Darkness. It’s understandable that he wants audiences to be surprised when they watch the movie for the first time, but as the sequel film marches toward its May release date, Abrams has begun to open up about some of the secrets of Star Trek Into Darkness.

In an interview with MTV, Abrams talks about the role Klingons will play in the upcoming movie. Fans of the reboot Star Trek know that the warrior race made a brief appearance at the beginning of the film, but were ultimately cut out for pacing issues. In the deleted scene, the Klingons captured and jailed Nero and his crew. When they learned of his travels, the Klingons tried to persuade Nero to tell them about the future. But in Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams says, “Their role in this is definitely that of adversary, and you’ll see how that plays out.”

Abrams also discusses the role of Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) in the sequel. Star Trek fans know that Dr. Carol Marcus was one of James Kirk’s love interests, and eventual mother of his son David, in the original timeline. Abrams wants to point out that the movie’s momentum will not come to a screeching halt to further develop the romance between Kirk and Marcus. Abrams explains:

(Kirk) meets her fairly early on and again she plays a science officer, she’s someone who is a part of the adventure. I think Chris (Pine) is right, because it’s very much an action adventure movie and once that gets going it’s a very difficult thing to park the story. So it’s very difficult to do a romantic interlude. Her role is important, she wouldn’t be in the movie otherwise.

It’s still unclear how all of these pieces will fit together, but they will come together when the film is released this May. Many feel the addition of Carol Marcus to the cast of characters is a clue to the identity of the film’s villain, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). Dr. Carol Marcus appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which had her working with her son, David, on the Genesis Device project, before Khan tried to turn it into a weapon.

Here’s the full MTV interview with Abrams.

Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters everywhere on May 17th in IMAX 3D.


  1. This guy is really trying to ruin a good franchise, turning it into a hyped out effects show gimmick. J. J. Abrhams movies are worse then the Transformer movies and full of even more inconsistancies.

  2. Brian says:

    I disagree. I like what he has done to the franchise. It is a reboot afterall. Give the guy some credit for breathing new life into Star Trek for a new generation. Of course it will be different than most people remember but maybe that is a good thing.

    • corrosivepress says:

      THANK YOU! I am so sick of reading hardcore fan-people hate on Abrams, and how he is ruining the original Trek “vision.” Star Trek: Insurrection was true to some sort of original vision, and it should be re-classified as a form of sci-fi torture. At least Abrams gave Star Trek a new, and more exciting, life.

  3. dont forget with people thinking carol is a link to khan in this film kirk and carol in the original film wrath were like 20 years older and had a son so no its waaaay to inconsistant to have any link to khan

  4. Matt says:

    Still don’t understand why they need starships, since Abrams’ first one established that they can now beam themselves anywhere, including onto ships traveling at warp. I’m sick of Trek for Dummies, which is as good of a name as any for what they are doing to it.

    • Jester says:

      Abrams Star Trek didn’t establish that, why would Spook mention to Scotty that he already invented that in the future which is the TOS version if in fact he didn’t?

  5. I’m sorry, this video is unavailable in MY COUNTRY?!?!?!?