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Stills from the Star Trek Into Darkness Announcement Trailer [UPDATED with Video]

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After releasing the first poster just a few days ago, iTunes Movie Trailers has premiered the "Announcement Trailer" for Star Trek Into Darkness on the Apple site. And while I can't yet embed the video into this post, I was able to screen grab a few stills from the minute-long teaser for the trailer for the movie (seriously) just for you. Whether this is exactly what the non-IMAX moviegoing public will see next week in front of the Hobbit, I have no idea.

If you fear any kind of spoilers, including ones found in official trailers made by studios that struggle to keep all of the story secrets locked away under penalty of death up until the day the film is released, DO NOT scroll or read any further!

I’m not about to extract any logical sense out of it, but from what I can tell, this looks and feels like the Empire Strikes Back for the Star Trek film franchise. There is two smiles in this whole trailer (as Kirk puts the moves on a blonde hottie, ‘natch) and then it’s all KABOOM KRAKAKOWWWW SHBLAM!!!. It’s dark, it’s violent, and from the looks on everyone’s faces, absolutely terrifying. Apparently a pointy-eared Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is out for revenge over something that was done to him that no one’s aware of just yet. I’m guessing from all of the volcanic activity, he’s a Vulcan who’s pretty pissed off about his planet getting blown up in the last film (much like some diehard old school Trekkers). He’s so pissed that he sends what appears to be the Enterprise for a swim in the San Francisco Bay. He’s also apparently part ninja or something. Of course, he could also be Romulan, but honestly they all look alike to me (is that racist or speciesist?).

Now updated with the trailer itself!

Hey, look, a strange new world!
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Kirk’s next bit of exploration.
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Vulcan ninja killer on a crazy gorgeous set piece.
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Kirk (Chris Pine) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) looking hurt and confused over something Cumberbatch Villain did.
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The bad guy (Benedict Cumberbatch) is out of his Vulcan mind with anger (wait, is that logical?). UPDATE: Maybe his ears aren’t as pointy as I thought. Now looks human to me.
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The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – I mean, the Enterprise(?) rising from the waters.
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Don’t worry, Scotty’s here to protect you. If they’re up against zombies, he’s got this covered.
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*ploink!* Everyone watch for flash flooding around Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Star Trek Into Darkness
star trek into darkness announcement 9 Stills from the Star Trek Into Darkness Announcement Trailer [UPDATED with Video]

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