'Star Trek Into Darkness' trailer: A Deep Dive

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The new international trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness put more focus on the mysterious villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Which makes sense: Cumberbatch is a popular man in the U.K., partially because of Sherlock and partially because he has the most English name this side of Marley St. Buckingham. The trailer offers a few more intriguing teases about the character — if nothing else, he’s looking more Bane and less Joker by the second. Because we’re getting closer to the release date, the new ad also spotlights some more finished digital effects, including a vehicle-to-vehicle punch-out which indicates that someone in the Into Darkness writers’ room has been playing a lot of Super Smash Brothers. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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“You think your world is safe,” says Cumberbatch as John Harrison. “It is an illusion. Enjoy these final moments of peace.” We find the villain in London, looking extremely perturbed. One of the most intriguing aspects of Into Darkness is how much of it appears to be set on Earth. Humanity’s home planet has usually been little more than a jumping-off point in past Trek iterations — good mainly for a stopover at Starfleet Academy here, or for a budget-saving time-travel story arc.

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As this shot of London proves, though, Earth in Into Darkness is under attack. The Trek universe has always played with topical issues in its space-utopia, but this shot practically seems designed to immediately recall the 7/7 bombings in London. Between Benedict Cumberbatch in this movie and Ben Kingsley’s Faux-sama Bane Laden in Iron Man 3, May is really shaping up to be a lighthearted month at the movies.

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