Well, this latest poster for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness doesn’t bode well for the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. As you can clearly see, the starship appears to be breaking apart, engulfed in flames, and hurtling towards the surface of a planet. A catastrophic crash would seem to be inevitable.
Coming from Apple’s trailer page, this is a shocking image to be sure. We knew that Into Darkness, the sequel to Abrams’ 2009 franchise reboot, was going to be a rough time for Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and the rest, but this is ominous, and seems to indicate that maybe everyone isn’t going to make it through this adventure in one piece. Even if, by some cinematic miracle, they all live, they’re in serious trouble.
We’ve seen pictures and footage of the Enterprise — or a similar starship at least — plunging into an ocean, and perhaps this nosedive is a precursor to that. Chances are, the characters you love will be beaten soundly until little to no hope remains. The plot of Star Trek Into Darkness centers around the manhunt of one-man-army John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a rogue member of Starfleet. All of the promotional material points to a grim, dark time that will test the limits of their dedication, sense of duty, and friendship.
Do people still believe that Cumberbatch is really playing Khan, or has that ship sailed? Does it even matter at this point? Either way we know he’s one bad hombre, so I don’t think it matters all that much if he’s an iconic part of the canon that we already know, or if he’s a new character. He does, after all, completely level London—the second movie this year to do so (G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the other).
All of these questions and more will be answered when Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 3D and IMAX 3D on May 17th.