The first official image from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness is here, and it may make your eyes jump out of your head.
First of all, read Paramount’s plot description, which was released just a few days ago.
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.
In the context of that plot description, check out the first teaser poster for Star Trek Into Darkness. (Click for super-high-resolution.)
The poster features Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the movie’s villain, with his back to the camera. He stands amid a pile of rubble and a giant, Gears of War-like hole of destruction, surveying a huge city that’s undergone some serious devastation. The implication being, Cumberbatch’s character has caused the destruction, on some sort of mad quest to decimate mankind. (Like all my “D” words?)
But on second glance, you realize that the huge hole he’s carved out is in the shape of the Federation’s delta insignia. Man, does that J.J. Abrams know how to create cool stuff, or what? The poster tells us loads about the movie’s tone, focus, and scale — without telling us much about the plot at all. Plus, we know he does everything very intentionally. So the poster is probably full of subtle clues about the movie.
The first thing I noticed is the “Gherkin” building, the egg-shaped structure in the lower right corner. You can see it by itself in the image to the right. The Gherkin is located in London, near the Tower of London. And in the bottom left corner, just barely visible, is the London Eye. (I blew it up a bit in the photo at right.)
It seems clear that this scene of destruction we’re witnessing is in London. If Cumberbatch uses his native accent for his role, playing a Brit, it might make sense for him to begin his campaign of terror right there in his home town.
But then, speculation has been flying for months that Cumberbatch is playing a classic villain from the original series: either Khan or Gary Mitchell. None of those reports have been confirmed, however, so it’s possible he could be playing someone else altogether.