STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS Poster, Updated Synopsis Revealed


Star Trek: Into Darkness keeps the big geeky summer rolling on May 17, 2013, just two weeks after Iron Man 3, but little has been said or shown about the movie yet. The sequel to J.J. Abrams' series reboot Star Trek has been shrouded in mystery, and aside from knowing that Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch will be the villain, Paramount has been coy.

Now, with the first poster and an updated synopsis, however, we're starting to get some real clues. The poster shows Cumberbatch as a lone figure standing amongst the ruins of a world that the synopsis says is in fact Earth. While many speculators jump to classic Star Trek 2 villain Khan as the actor's role, rumors fueled by Karl Urban (McCoy in the movies) say he'll actually play Gary Mitchell, a character from a single episode of the original series.

It is also of note that the first poster does not show the Enterprise or her crew. It does not show Kirk and Spock working together or really have any sense of adventure or discovery, something the first film, with its focus on building the crew and introducing the characters for the first time had. The poster is eerily reminiscent of the bleakness seen in the The Dark Knight Rises posters that featured villain Bane against a backdrop of a ruined Gotham City, in fact.

The full official synopsis (so far) from Paramount is below:

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

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.

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