'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser Promises 'Vengeance'

Star Trek Into Darkness

Beloved as they are, the Star Trek movies aren't exactly known for being action-packed -- but it looks like that's about to change in a big way.

The new one-minute teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness has arrived, and it promises the sort of epic, wall-to-wall action/adventure that the franchise has traditionally forsaken in favor of a more cerebral approach to sci-fi -- as well as one of the nastiest villains any Trek movie's ever seen.

Plenty of people still suspect he's playing Khan (and more on that in a sec), but Benedict Cumberbatch is too busy threatening total annihilation to give away his name in this clip -- which is fine, really, given that what he's up to is pretty compelling on its own. Whoever he is, he's arrived to claim his vengeance, and it looks like he's going to get it in a big way.

Of course, this wouldn't be a J.J. Abrams joint if it didn't have an additional layer of fanboy-baiting subterfuge attached, and the first Darkness clip doesn't disappoint: The Japanese teaser contains an additional few seconds of footage that make it pretty clear who Cumberbatch is playing. UNLESS THEY DON'T. Abrams, you crafty old dog...

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