A newly released trailer for Star Trek gives us a look into the oncoming summer blockbuster of Star Trek: Into Darkness. As Sam pointed out in her article earlier this year, there were a few similarities we saw in Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki Laufeyson. I mean sure, it was just a still photo at that point, but I’ve been keeping a mental tally of things that I find interesting in comparison to Whedon’s superhero kingpin. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way negatively making these points. In fact, I think upping Star Trek to the level of Avengers is the best thing they could do for the franchise. Do I think people will think that Abrams has ruined the series like they did when the first one came out in 2009? Of course. It’s not the classic submarine warfare, the snarky comments spoken in a cool New England accent, it’s a completely different beast.
So, let’s do some quick comparisons:
Massive destruction of a major city in America, but that’s a pretty typical one in movies.
Star Trek: San Francisco, including destruction of large towers belonging to (probably?) Star Fleet.
Avengers: New York, including the destruction of Stark Tower.
A intelligent and deviously British villain, that seems to show no sign of remorse and holds a close relationship with one of the characters.
Star Trek: Details are still hazy on Harrison and his relationship to the crew, but yes to the former.
Avengers: Yes, and yes.
A crew taking revenge for what has happened to them, effectively dooming themselves to possible death as was as destruction of company property.
Star Trek: Yes. Also, who is going to pay for the damages of the Enterprise? It’s a new ship!
Avengers: Yes, though they just destroy Manhattan. Also who is going to pay for that? Tony isn’t that rich.
A large group of men escorting one tall villain to his chambers?
Star Trek: Yup, around 1:43 in the trailer.
A fight in the skies?
Star Trek: Yup, 1:48.
Avengers: Yeah, like the entire second half of the movie.
Obviously my comparisons are of thing that have occurred in movies. A sociopathic Englishman destroying the world? That’s like a typical James Bond movie. Massive destruction? There isn’t a monster movie that doesn’t have it. Revenge? The most common theme used in action movies. I could just be making up these similarities, or seeing things that aren’t there, but regardless, this was an awesome trailer. We got to see a little more of John Harrison as well as Alice Eve’s Carol Marcus, along with some new footage of San Francisco’s ruin. I will say though, there has been a lot of shots of Earth, and while this is an internal affair, I still feel like the point of Star Trek is space exploration. Who knows, they probably have a lot more and I’m just completely wrong.
The movie comes out on May 15th in large format theaters and then on the 17th in all theaters in the US.