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Star Trek Into Darkness unveils its first official plot synopsis!

Nov. 27, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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With plenty of footage from the film to shortly be seen and dissected by movie-going audiences everywhere, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS has begun the long promotional road to release by violuntarily providing its first official plot synopsis.  Except for a few set photos featuring stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto as the still-unnamed villain and Spock respectively, J.J. Abrams and company have managed to keep the production almost completely a secret thus far.  Like it or not as a filmmaking practice, it's impressive that they've made it this far and are still able to promote the film on their terms this comparatively late in the game. 

And so, I present to you the first official plot synopsis for the Enterprise's next adventure:

"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."

After the picture below, I've added a small potentially spoilery comment of my own regarding the various villain rumors and how they might fit in with this synopsis.  Scroll slowly at your own risk (though the information there is only my supposition and nothing official).

Kirk and his crew continue to explore the final frontier in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 17th, 2013

Alice Eve in blue lingerie

I don't know what part Alice Eve has in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, but I like it.

Cumberbatch has been rumored to be one of two TREK characters from the already-established fiction: Khan, and Gary Mitchell (from the Original Series episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before"). 

Gary Mitchell was a friend of Kirk's from Starfleet Academy who, after passing through a Galactic Barrier, developed skills of telepathy and telekinesis (amongst others).  Not only did these powers alter what he was capable of doing - they also altered his personality, and he progressively became more cruel and egotistical.  He was driven more and more mad by his obsession with the idea that he had transcended his humanity, until he was eventually killed by Kirk. Seems to me to be that if Khan and Mitchell are our two choices for who Cumberbatch might be playing, based on the plot synopsis there's a strong chance that it is in fact Mitchell.  I don't know about you, but I'm actually quite excited by that idea and by the expanded plot potential.  You can read all about Mr. Mitchell in the Star Trek Wiki by clicking right here.

Extra Tidbit: So are you digging this direction for the next STAR TREK adventure? Or did you want something that (seemingly at least) fell more in line with the mission statement of "exploring new worlds" and such?
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8:08AM on 11/27/2012
Shit I can't wait for the trailer.
Shit I can't wait for the trailer.
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8:11AM on 11/27/2012
fangasms will happen with that trailer ;)
fangasms will happen with that trailer ;)
9:18AM on 11/27/2012
Eager now. Really eager.
Eager now. Really eager.
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9:15AM on 11/27/2012
Call me not surprised if it turns out to be Mitchell. I've been saying for over a year now on this site I thought Mitchell would be the villian. The only thing they always stuck to was that the villain was a villain from s1 of the original series. Even if its not, I'm just hoping its not Khan. Regardless this movie will kick all kinds of ass.
Call me not surprised if it turns out to be Mitchell. I've been saying for over a year now on this site I thought Mitchell would be the villian. The only thing they always stuck to was that the villain was a villain from s1 of the original series. Even if its not, I'm just hoping its not Khan. Regardless this movie will kick all kinds of ass.
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8:32AM on 11/27/2012
That actually sound friggin' awesome! And yes, it does sound like that Cumberbatch is playing Mitchell. Which is a million times better choice than Khan. There is no other Khan than Montalban.
That actually sound friggin' awesome! And yes, it does sound like that Cumberbatch is playing Mitchell. Which is a million times better choice than Khan. There is no other Khan than Montalban.
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7:49AM on 11/27/2012

after reading that synopsis

i'm starting to think it's Gary Mitchell but who knows either way i'm happy for a new Trek film next year :)
i'm starting to think it's Gary Mitchell but who knows either way i'm happy for a new Trek film next year :)
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1:06PM on 11/27/2012

Established rule (kind of)

Don't forget they said, FROM THE BEGINNING that villains/stories used in the comics of the rebooted Star Trek would NOT be used as villains/plots for the movies...
And Gary Mitchell's story has been done already in the comics
I just hope it's NOT khan, anyway... WAY to early in the franchise for him IMO !
Don't forget they said, FROM THE BEGINNING that villains/stories used in the comics of the rebooted Star Trek would NOT be used as villains/plots for the movies...
And Gary Mitchell's story has been done already in the comics
I just hope it's NOT khan, anyway... WAY to early in the franchise for him IMO !
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10:32AM on 11/27/2012

I guess I should say SPOILER...

...even though this is my speculation and nothing more. What if, IF, the movie had both? It's a stretch but consider that the Enterprise was called back because Mitchell was tearing up Star Fleet and the one man Army they go find in the war zone is Khan. You hardcore Treks will have to excuse my ignorance if I mess this up but wasn't Khan a genetically altered super soldier of sorts? It could turn out to be they enlist Khan's help to defeat Mitchell in an enemy of my enemy is my friend scenario
...even though this is my speculation and nothing more. What if, IF, the movie had both? It's a stretch but consider that the Enterprise was called back because Mitchell was tearing up Star Fleet and the one man Army they go find in the war zone is Khan. You hardcore Treks will have to excuse my ignorance if I mess this up but wasn't Khan a genetically altered super soldier of sorts? It could turn out to be they enlist Khan's help to defeat Mitchell in an enemy of my enemy is my friend scenario then have to ditch him on another planet to prevent him from taking over. It would loosely fit in with the Khan from the original.
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11:35AM on 11/27/2012
Sounds pretty epic. I do dig this direction, though I will honestly have to see a trailer to really say anything. But Abrams' Trek was fantastic, so I don't have much reason to doubt this one will be as well.
Sounds pretty epic. I do dig this direction, though I will honestly have to see a trailer to really say anything. But Abrams' Trek was fantastic, so I don't have much reason to doubt this one will be as well.
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