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Extra Frames In Japanese Version Of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser May Hold Clues To The New Bad Guy's Identity

December 6th, 2012 6:51pm EST | Kevin Blair By: Kevin Blair

Star Trek Into Darkness

The first trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness finally has a trailer, which debuted this morning, and it promises plenty of action, but gives little explanation of who Benedict Cumberbatch's bad guy is or what his motivation will be.

J.J. Abrams' much-anticipated sequel to the 2009 reboot of the series promises an "unstoppable force of terror" and a "one man weapon of mass destruction", but gives little more than that in both the official synopsis, released last week, or in today's "announcement video" (neither a trailer nor a teaser, according to Paramount Pictures).

The Japanese version of the "video", though, clocks 12 seconds longer than the domestic version and may also hold a key to that information.

The film's synopsis has it that the USS Enterprise starship is called back to Earth, where the crew finds the world in "a state of crisis." A new (old?) bad guy has originated within and subsequently destroyed Starfleet; and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) sets out to hunt him down.

 

***SPOILER ALERT***

Speculation has it that Cumberbatch's baddie is either Khan Noonien Singh or Gary Mitchell, two characters introduced in the first season of the television series -- and the jury's fairly split on that one amongst fans.

The biggest clue that points to Into Darkness' villain being Khan comes from that Japanese version of the teaser, which shows just one extra shot: two Starfleet crew members' hands on opposide sides of a piece of glass. The shot it either a simple ode to the ending of The Wrath of Khan, when Spock (Leonard Nimoy) sacrifices himself to save the crew of the Enterprise, or something just as significant. Interesting...