Despite the awkward title, the excitement levels attached to Star Trek Into Darkness are currently reaching the stratosphere with new information at a premium. Last week saw the release of a Dark Knight Rises-like teaser poster showing Benedict Cumberbatch surveying a scene of destruction, framed by the famous Star Trek logo, and now the official announcement trailer has taken the same approach, offering most focus to Cumberbatch’s as-yet unnamed villain.

The trailer ticks every epic box, teasing some incredible looking scenes, including an Enterprise crash, and introducing Cumberbatch’s character with a bang. Story details remain as tight as possible, but the announcement trailer fits with the official synposis’ definition of him as a “one man weapon of mass destruction,” and the decision to play the trailer with the Englishman’s powerful tones over the top in narration was a masterful one.

But who is Cumberbatch?

Here’s the official synopsis:

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.

We’ll get to see more when the full trailer releases next week with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, thanks to a 9 minute preview ahead of the IMAX version of the Tolkein adaptation.

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This article was first posted on December 6, 2012