Some of the mysteries are being revealed about the characters we'll see in Star Trek Into Darkness. But, as is usually the case with a J.J. Abrams production, new questions are emerging.
It began late last night when a select group of online sites were invited to watch an early sneak preview of the 9-minute teaser footage from Star Trek Into Darkness that will play in front of The Hobbit in IMAX showings.
- Scenes showing a couple (played by Noel Clarke and Nazneen Contractor) and visiting their sick child in a futuristic London hospital. Benedict Cumberbatch's character appears later and smiles enigmatically at them when they ask who he is.
- We then skip to an alien planet where the Enterprise is on a mission. The starship is hiding from the natives by being submerged underwater (!) while Kirk and Bones try to observe the locals. Some banter happens between the crew on the ship and the mission gets aborted, leading to a chase through the alien red foliage by Kirk and Bones.
The footage seemed to raise more questions rather than answer any of the big ones Trekkies have had, like if Cumberbatch is playing Gary Mitchell or Khan, or how his villain "detonates" Starfleet and what his personal connection to Kirk is.
Today there was a second follow-up with the online press, with these sites invited back to personally talk with Abrams. As reports emerge from Twitter and the various sites, one piece of news is breaking: the blonde Alice Eve has been confirmed as playing Carol Marcus, the woman who had Kirk's son in the original Star Trek movie series, as well as the creator of the Genesis Device, a superweapon that could manufacture new worlds.
Paramount also released a new image from the film, and this one is another head scratcher. The image shows Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock and a captured Benedict Cumberbatch. In their caption for the still Paramount lists Cumberbatch's character by the name "John Harrison".
The Star Trek Into Darkness production team has said that Cumberbatch's character is someone introduced in the original Star Trek series, but the name of John Harrison isn't a name from that show -- unless Cumberbatch's mystery man has an alias or the studio is misdirecting the fans that care about this detail of information.
Abrams and his team aren't above using misdirection to throw off the fans and keep the mystery playing out for as long as possible. At this stage of the Star Trek Into Darkness hype machine, the more that the online websites and fans speculate about the identity of the film's villain, the more stories will get written up and read by millions of readers. In effect, the marketing for Star Trek Into Darkness has kicked into full.
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