‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Super Bowl Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Pure Evil

Star Trek Into Darkness Chris Pine Kirk

Up until now, you might have worried that Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn’t be able to capture the menace you want in your Star Trek Into Darkness villain. Perhaps you were hung up by the actor’s nice guy demure — the wholesome nature borne from his War Horse role, his The Hobbit whimsy, or the fact that his name makes him sound like a Charles Dickens haberdasher.

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But as proven by the new trailer for the J.J. Abrams feature, premiering during Super Bowl XLVII, Cumberbatch knows his way around a chill.

The trailer depicts a brief faceoff between Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Cumberbatch’s ambiguous (Khan?) baddie. In addition to kindling a new fear for the British thesp, the trailer gets us hyped for Abrams’ next turn with the Enterprise. Check out the trailer below, and catch Star Trek Into Darkness in theaters May 17.

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[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.