'Star Trek Into Darkness' Villain is Still a Mystery in Official Synopsis
by Ethan Anderton
November 26, 2012
For those fans who were hoping that an official synopsis might finally reveal what villain Benedict Cumberbatch might play in the anticipated 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the people at Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures are still playing their cards close to the Starfleet emblem on their chest. The official synopsis for the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 sci-fi franchise reboot has finally been revealed, and while it gives us a clear plot, and might even give a little too much away, there's still plenty of mystery surrounding the villain, who remains unnamed despite being described as quite the terrorist. More below!
Here's the official synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness released by Paramount Pictures:
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.
When the sequel started shooting in January, this writer mentioned a strong desire for a "less generic villain who has more personal ties to someone on the crew of the Enterprise." The line of the synopsis that says Captain Kirk has a "personal score to settle" seems to satisfy my desires. It remains to be seen if the on-and-off rumors of Cumberbatch playing Khan, the iconic villain from the second original Star Trek franchise film, could end up being true. Either way, it sounds like this villain might end up killing someone on the crew if "sacrifices must be made."
We can't wait to see what happens when the film arrives in theaters on May 17th, 2013. Be sure to check out the 9-minute prologue with select IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit, or the completely different theatrical trailer that will be attached to the other versions of the first installment of Peter Jackson's fantasy epic arriving in theaters on December 14th next month.