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Exclusive: New Star Trek Into Darkness Domestic Poster & Trailer Next Week + Hollywood Premiere 5/14 + more April 10, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Marketing/Promotion,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

There has been a lot of international marketing for Star Trek Into Darkness in the last week, but the Domestic operation is about to move into high gear. TrekMovie has exclusive details on the next steps for Paramount (and promotional partners). We also have now confirmed the date for the Hollywood premiere. Details below.

 

New Trailer and Poster next week

 Star Trek Into Darkness opens domestically (US & Canada) on May 17th, which is actually a week after it opens in a number of international markets (including the UK, Germany and Australia). While there have been four trailers released for Into Darkness, technically two of those were international trailers and the other two were considered domestic ‘teasers.’ The full theatrical domestic trailer is still to come and TrekMovie has learned from sources that it arrives next weekend, attached to showings of the Tom Cruise sci-fi movie Oblivion – opening Friday April 19th. The new trailer is expected to be different than the full international trailer that was released with GI Joe Retaliation (outside the US). The new domestic trailer is a little longer at 2 minutes 25 seconds. It is expected to be targeted at an audience more familiar with Star Trek than the international audiences.

Also due next week is the final domestic one sheet poster. The poster released on Monday of this week was the official international one sheet. No details yet on the design except that it is said to be different.


2009 "Star Trek" domestic one-sheet poster – the "Into Darkness" domestic poster is due next week – along with a new trailer

TV and outdoor also starting next week – including Mazda cross promo campaign

So far there have been two Star Trek Into Darkness TV spots: the Super Bowl commercial and the sneak peek during the season finale of The Walking Dead. But traditional shorter TV spots are being readied and may start airing as soon as next week. The same is true for the outdoor advertising campaign with billboards and bus shelter ads.

Paramount is also getting an assist in their advertising from some promotional partners. Esurance is already running web advertising featuring Star Trek Into Darkness imagery and linking to their Facebook app. Next week Mazda will begin a co-branded campaign for Star Trek Into Darkness tied to their Mazda 6 cars and highlighting their ‘SkyActiv‘ technology. The Mazda campaign will be comprised of TV spots and some outdoor advertising – including a big billboard in New York City’s Time Square.


Preview of Mazda/Star Trek Into Darkness billboard (click to enlarge)

Hollywood Premiere May 14

Earlier this week we reported exclusive details on the world gala tour JJ Abrams and some of his cast will be embarking on – starting with Australia on April 23. TrekMovie has now confirmed that US premiere for Into Darkness will take place on Tuesday     May 14th at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood – same location as the Star Trek premiere in 2009. This is just one day before Into Darkness IMAX 3D ‘fan sneaks‘ on Wednesday evening across the US and Canada. The full list of celebrities attending the Hollywood premiere is not yet known but it is expected that some of the British stars of the movie who will appear at the London premiere on May 2nd may not be able to make it
to the LA event.


2009 "Star Trek" premiere at Chinese Theater in Hollywood – Abrams is headed back on May 14 with "Star Trek Into Darkness"

…but wait, there’s more

The above is (of course) not the extent of the US promotional plan. There will be much more including celebrity appearances on talk shows and elsewhere. For example Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto are all presenting at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend so don’t be surprised if there is some kind of Into Darkness promotion during the show. 


Pine at 2009 MTV Movie Awards – presenting again this year along with Quinto and Saldana

And TrekMovie has confirmed there more promotional partners (in addition to Mazda and Esurance). The Star Trek app will also be tying into many of the above promotions, including some with the promotional partners. In addition, the viral campaign which should have some activity following the release of the new trailer.


Soon you should find out if you are the 1701

And of course there are likely more things that TrekMovie hasn’t been able to work out from our sources. So stay tuned for more news on Into Darkness promotions both foreign and domestic. And we will share any new TV spots, trailers, billboards, etc. – along with the usual (over) analysis.

 

Comments

1. eliasj - April 10, 2013

The best is yet to come!

2. Fctiger - April 10, 2013

Wow, am I really FIRST??

Sorry, I couldnt resist. Sounds great! The movie is now less than one month away (counting its May 9th release in various countries) and so its cool to get the final (hopefully with a bit more story) trailer! Sadly with the internet most of us will probably know everything about the film before it premieres in America, but I guess every country always dealt with it depending on release dates.

Anyway, I got to see the first film in Sydney last time (lived there). Now that I’m back in L.A. I might try to sneak off of work that day and make it to Hollywood for the premiere. Also seen four of the films at the Chinese theater so will probably see this one there too. Get me back to my roots! ;)

3. Fctiger - April 10, 2013

LOL, eliasj beat me to it by a minute! Oh well!

4. Sxottlan - April 10, 2013

So there will be one more trailer. That’s good because I thought it strange that the final trailer wasn’t in front of GI Joe 2.

5. Mary - April 10, 2013

I want to make it to the premiere in LA- do you need tickets or can the public just stand along the red carpet? Also, any word if Benedict Cumberbatch will be there?

6. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2013

Paramount has yet to make any of the above official so with regards to the premiere wait for more details. How it usually works is that fans can line up across the street from the Chinese and watch the stars get out of their cars and if they are lucky some stars will come over to say hi or even sign. In the above picture you will also see some bleachers. In 2009 they had a contest for fans to get inside the rope line as it were.

As for tickets to get inside the theater – those wont be sold to the public but Paramount has already given some away via their app contest. There may be other contests. Even an Australian company is doing a contest and fly some fans over.

I’ll be there covering the red carpet with the press but if it is like 2009 I wont be in the super cool press area for Entertainment Tonight and Extra and Access Hollywood (you can see that above inside the the delta shaped pavilion). They get special super duper access

7. Aix - April 10, 2013

Oh, man. That thumbnail on the side. I though it was the poster! Talk about disappointment. Haha! The 2009 poster is just great. Simple and yet stylish. I have it in my room. It’s a gem.

8. JohnRambo - April 10, 2013

awesome

9. eliasj - April 10, 2013

Iam just lucky man…cheers!!

10. AyanEva - April 10, 2013

I really wish there were more product tie-ins. Those Burger King glasses were fantastic. I have one set that I use and one set that I never took out of the boxes.

11. Arnold - April 10, 2013

Can’t wait for the new trailer and the film, and hopefully jj won’t say things like “I’m not a Star Trek fan, I’m a Star Wars fan” or any other way to link Star Wars talk to this movie during the movie’s interviews cuz I worry it might ruin this film (the film I’ve waited for so long after the first movie).

Hopefully, promotion of this film would be able to convince audience not to think about Star Wars since jj is gonna direct Episode VII and I would like to see Paramount hire another talented director to direct Star Trek 3 and further sequels (I really want jj to make the 3rd film but he’s too tied to Star Wars that it might affect the production of Star Trek 3).

One more thing, I hope Paramount would release the first trailer of JACK RYAN in front of STID release, seriously can’t wait for that movie.

12. Sam - April 10, 2013

The Chinese Theater? Cool! I won a trip for 2 to the premiere using the app! I knew the 14th was the date, but not the theater. Too cool!!!

13. Nick - April 10, 2013

I’m excited this time as I can take the kids! No flashy premiere or even 3D … just a cool movie watched in my little old town.

Yay!

14. Max - April 10, 2013

its a shame the movie doesn’t release till june in the netherlands while right across the channel its may….

stupid arbitrary date changes

15. Mad Mann - April 10, 2013

I hope the new poster is good. So far, all the international and teaser posters have been lame and non-Star Trek. Since it is stated Para will try to sell this movie to the more knowledgable Trek public, I’m hoping to see some Klingon imagery in the the marketing.

Here’s hoping…. qa’pla

16. Mel - April 10, 2013

I will watch the movie on the 8th May. Not even a month now. :-)

17. Arpanet - April 10, 2013

Hopefully there will be a proper movie website next week then.

18. Bob - April 10, 2013

Wonder if there will be any tie-ins with Burger King or Kelloggs this time around.

I still own all of that stuff, with the Kelloggs boxes collapsed for storage.

19. John - April 10, 2013

I also won the trip via the app. Should be a fun time!!

20. The Orignal Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise I-XI - April 10, 2013

*sigh*, I gave up on the app awhile ago because no matter how many times I tried to force stop, log out/in & reinstall, it just wouldn’t capture some pictures. It also kept blurring out on me a lot, plus even with using GPS faking to complete the geolocation missions (which I thought would yield some REALLY exclusive stuff considering how special those missions were to complete) I felt like the unlocked content was pretty lackluster since it pretty much could be found online. About the only “exclusive” content I really noticed was the one extra pic of T’Mar from the upcoming game armed with a weapon. So sorry, that’s one thing I felt like I had to finally bite the bullet for with Star Trek…

Anyway, looking forward to t his new trailer. Of course, I probably would’ve seen Oblivion regardless, but yeah.

21. Daniel Broadway - April 10, 2013

Are we going to see any Star Trek Into Darkness on cereal boxes or Burger King like last time?

22. Nony - April 10, 2013

Ahh. I love the ’09 domestic one-sheet. It makes you *look* and it makes you *think*. It would be cool if something in this advertising campaign were to live up to it.

And I wonder if the premiere sites keep their Star Trek decorations in storage from last time. “Eh, there’ll be another one, save it so we don’t have to make another huge delta shield.” Or that giant inflatable Enterprise from the Tokyo premiere.

23. rm10019 - April 10, 2013

Love the promotional toys that pop up, would love an article about that Mr. Tenuto if you are there :)

24. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 10, 2013

Look’s like everything is getting into full swing. As Spock said,
Thrusters on full.

25. AJ - April 10, 2013

Man, that Mazda billboard is a work of art. Must have taken at least two minutes to make it. Add the Esurance, and the $1000 spent on tie-ins will surely communicate ‘Star Trek’ to the world.

In all seriousness, “STID” is doing many things right in the marketing department. These US tie-ins are not one of them.

26. chrisfawkes.com - April 10, 2013

Is that Anna Farris?

Cast her in a future installment, please.

27. Dr. Image - April 10, 2013

LOVED the ’09 poster. Talk about a work of art!
NOT crazy about the “Cumby-in-the-delta” one. Derivative. Style’s been done MANY times…
JJ shot the movie flat, correct? 3D converted? Then I shall see it flat.

28. SciFiMetalGirl - April 10, 2013

I’m pretty sure that I entered the contest on the app when it first came out, so I’m guessing that I didn’t win, eh?

Yeah, I pretty much gave up on the app at some point, too. Just couldn’t get past some of the things needed to level up.

29. CmdrR - April 10, 2013

Targetted at Trekkies? Whuuuuh?

30. crazydaystrom - April 10, 2013

Per comicbookmovie.com-

“Advance Ticket Sales For STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Causes IMAX Website To Crash”

This going to be a big one folks.

31. Phil - April 10, 2013

Well, as far as the car ad goes, it’s without the science, either. Trek is as much fantasy these days as Star Wars….

32. pock peared - April 10, 2013

Not one to make predictions (I have no idea who John Harrison is), I just wanted to say this:

Chekov is toast. Will Die. Is one dead perogi.

Look. This is a war movie, and the kid always gets it. Wouldn’t be surprised if he writes his mom a e-spacemail just before he explodes (Bones: “I’ll get that letter to yer mom, kid!”) Also, he’s a genius, and the dork must die.

One could argue that it might be poetic revenge for letting Wesley live so long as well.

Any takers?

33. Yanks - April 10, 2013

Awesome job Trekmovie!!!

Thank you!!

34. Nony - April 10, 2013

@32

If this was a new movie with new characters, he might, but I don’t think they’d risk fan outrage by permanently killing off a main TOS cast member. And if any of the crew does die, they’ll inevitably come back to life to fulfill their three-movie contract.

35. MattR - April 10, 2013

I still think that the delta shield on Hollywood Blvd was one of the cooling looking movie premieres setup ever.

36. cpelc - April 10, 2013

New “Cinemosaic” Poster released by Paramount.

http://www.seenit.co.uk/star-trek-into-darkness-new-cinemosaic-poster/0426785/

37. Phil - April 10, 2013

@32. Nah, I was making that bet six months ago. My money is that Uhura gets it – Spock is already emotionally conflicted in this universe, so killing off his girlfriend is a great way to get him to bond with Kirk. Besides, she’s a red shirt, too. Always expendable.

Dark horse bet in the dead pool – Kirk. Hasn’t exactly come across as the sharpest tool in the box, and the few clips we have seen shows he’s still prone to making stupid mistakes.

38. Noropolis - April 10, 2013

Where is the “STAR TREK” in “STAR TREk”…….this is so earth bound and the posters look like a cop movie. What the hell are Orci and Kurtzman doing with the story!!!?!!?!! What is Paramount marketing doing??!?!! What the heck is wrong with these people. This is Earth Trek.

39. Sean4000 - April 10, 2013

I’m still chuckling at Intel’s Star Trek 2009 VFX promotion featuring work rendered on ILM’s all AMD renderfarm!

Crow for one.

40. NCC-73515 - April 10, 2013

38. It is Earth Trek, because it’s not Wars. And if cop movie means Section 31, so much the better! :D

The current issue of our University’s student magazine has vouchers for a local theater offering a discount on STID 3D tickets if you show your student ID…

41. Caesar - April 10, 2013

When does the soundtrack come out? That’s the only part of this movie I have any interest left in.

42. NCC-73515 - April 10, 2013

How about reopening the forums on the movie website?
They should at least be opened again before the film comes out, otherwise we can discuss it nowhere else but here XD

43. Phil - April 10, 2013

Good article on the international promotion of Trek. And before anyone gets their undies in a know about abandoning the trekkiness of it all, I suspect what they are referring to is all that technobabble and dork life stuff that makes The Big Bang Theory funny but just sucks in a major motion picture…

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/paramount-plans-break-star-treks-international-curse-050000672.html

44. William Kirk - April 10, 2013

Finally a poster with a starship? Or some space?

45. pock speared - April 10, 2013

@37 phil
logical reasoning. I suppose killing either Uhura or McCoy would reestablish a solid troika.

@34 nony
they risked fan outrage by toasting vulcan and tossing amanda of a cliff (literally). seems to me they would easily up the ante.

46. Superquerulant - April 10, 2013

@ 37 Very unlikely that the only woman on the bridge has to leave the cast – They also would have to establish another “black” character.

I really guess that Chekov has to go…

47. Andrew - April 10, 2013

@2

That’s awesome FCTiger! I hope you get to watch it at the premiere, that would be great. Do you by any chance happen to work in the industry?

48. Gibbs - April 10, 2013

Definitely need a fast food promotion.

49. Keachick - April 10, 2013

Who says anyone has to go? People got a death wish or something? Duh

50. Phil - April 10, 2013

@46. Nah, like it or not, she’s a secondary character. There’s more then one communications officer on a ship anyway, Who’s to say they are not all female and of color…

51. Phil - April 10, 2013

@32. Forgot about that – John Harrison is a lock to get vaporized as well…and his sidekick, if he has one.

52. Gaurang Dabhi - April 10, 2013

Star Trek………one of my fav moies…waiting 4 dis 1

53. Phil - April 10, 2013

@49. Let me guess, Rose, you have not looked at any of the trailers yet? Well, there is a funeral shown in those trailers. Which. Means. Someone. Dies. Was that slow enough for you to comprehend? Please pay attention so people don’t have to keep repeating things for you….

54. Keachick - April 10, 2013

Wow, Phil.

People were referring to the possible deaths of one or more of the main characters – Uhura, Chekov. Perhaps you might need to keep up, pay attention.

I do not think that prime Spock or Admiral Pike, among others, belong in the category of main characters. They are subordinate characters, good ones, but subordinate nevertheless. The main characters are: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Chekov and Sulu.

55. Phil - April 10, 2013

@54. I know, Rose. I was one of those people. Pay attention, please. We know who the cast of characters is..

56. Red Dead Ryan - April 10, 2013

I figure that its Admiral Pike who bites the dust.

I don’t think they’d dare kill Uhura. They’d be accused of racism and sexism by the fans. Sulu won’t be killed off, fans would accuse the writers of racism.

Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty would be the only viable candidates. But even then, fans would scream blue bloody murder if any of them were bumped out of the picture.

I mean, the planet Vulcan gets blown up and people still freak out about it four years later, despite the fact the planet still exists in the Prime Timeline…..

57. James Regulus Kirk - April 10, 2013

@56 Red Dead Ryan

Chekov’s red shirt may be of some concern. I hope it’s nothing more than suspense.

58. Red Dead Ryan - April 10, 2013

I seem to recall someone recently posting a spoiler of the “Star Trek Into Light” movie sequel comic featuring all the main characters still alive.

So I’m sticking to my theory that Pike dies in the movie.

59. Phil - April 10, 2013

Perhaps…but for those still hanging on to a thread that BC is Khan, if it does turn out that STID is loosely based on TWOK, that movie didn’t end well for Spock.

We have seen the Big E falling toward earth. If Scotty is down in the bowels of Engineering somewhere when the order comes in to abandon ship, perhaps he ends up going down with the ship…

60. TheWrathOfBong - April 10, 2013

Well, this totally confirms that BC is playing Khan.

61. Marja - April 10, 2013

My candidates for the Starfleet Military Funeral with flyover: Elder Spock or Admiral Pike. “Cupcake” has also been mentioned.

Another possibility: Harrison redeems himself in Starfleet’s eyes and being a former member of Starfleet gets the military funeral ….

We’ll know eventually : )

62. Keachick - April 10, 2013

Apparently there was a security officer called Hendorff in the TOS series. He dies on the episode “Obsession” (season 2). Cupcake’s actual name, according to the Ongoing comics, is Hendorff. I wonder…maybe Hendorff (Cupcake) still dies, only in different circumstances due to it being a alternate universe/timeline.

Yes, I know, Phil, hence my question.

63. Bet - April 10, 2013

Pike dies.
But I think 1 more will bite the dust. Either Chekov or Uhura.

Latest news via fans is that Cumberbatch MAY be able to attend the LA premiere. It depends on sherlock filming. There’s still a chance anyway

64. Phil - April 10, 2013

@63. This is the biggest premier in Cumberbatches career. He’ll be in LA for it.

65. Devon - April 10, 2013

Regarding Tie-Ins.. I wouldn’t count on a Verizon tie-in because it looks like they are doing tie-ins with Iron Man 3 this time around.

66. Captain-A62 - April 10, 2013

I just bought a 2014 Mazda6 Grand Touring because I feel like I’m in a Federation Starship. That and I work for Mazda and can say a big reason that our new lineup is so much more advanced is because of Star Trek. I love the car and the way it feels like I’m.in my own Captains Chair. I’m very.happy that Mazda is doing some promoting for the movie!

67. Keachick - April 10, 2013

The seats in Mazdas are hard and uncomfortable, or at least, they were.

68. No Trek in This Trek? - April 11, 2013

@38. I was beginning to think the same thing when I saw one of the movie posters with Kirk, Spock and Uhura in a ‘Charlie’s Angels’ type profile. You’re right..where is the Trek in this Star Trek. Its too early to say for sure. On the other hand, we’ve never had a feature film adventure set on earth in their present day.

The ‘final trailer’ attached to GI Joe 2 was a BIG disappointment. For one, it was too short, played too soft and didn’t have the proper set up for one to get excited for the film other then the usual top notch visual fx.

69. Red Dead Ryan - April 11, 2013

I expect that we will see a Mazda car or two in the sequel. Most likely a current model, not a futuristic shuttle. Mazda will be to STID what Budweiser was to ST09.

Product placement.

70. matt1701 - April 11, 2013

@69

The Enterprise is a a mazda class starship

71. Janice - April 11, 2013

It’s a good thing that Pike’s death is nothing more than speculation—unless of course you’ve already seen the movie. I don’t want to see any of the main characters written off, but I’d rather ANYONE other than Pike.
I hope Pike is alive at the end of the movie–although probably injured.

Gee—I want Pike back for the last ST movie!!

72. Superquerulant - April 11, 2013

The “last poster” will of course feature Marcus` “battle cruiser” – And that is the only reason why it hasn`t been released yet.

Or is there really anyone in here who thinks that it features a picture of Cumberbatch holding a “Hey my name is…” sign in his hands?`!

73. Phil - April 11, 2013

USS Mazda. A hatchback starship…

74. Red Dead Ryan - April 11, 2013

There used to be annoying “ZOOM! ZOOM! ZOOM!” Mazda commercials before movies.

I wonder if they’re going to bring them back for the sequel?

I really hope not…..

75. Cathy - April 11, 2013

Benedict is soooo busy with Sherlock right now. But he seems to jet off to LA when necessary, so maybe…… Glad to see some comments here about that! Will be the best Star Trek villain in history!

76. Curious Cadet - April 11, 2013

@51. Phil,
“@32. Forgot about that – John Harrison is a lock to get vaporized as well…and his sidekick, if he has one.”

I’m hoping Harrison gets taken alive and sent to a certain penal colony for the criminally insane to break out and fight Kirk again another day … sort of like Magneto, or Hannibal Lechter, or dare I say … Lord Garth.

But I don’t agree about chekov. Abrams likes to have a genius dork in every movie he does. It’s part of his formula. Chekov will not be eliminated for that reason.

It’s obvious Pike dies. Just as Kirk’s father died to leave him an aimless rebel without a cause, he needs his surrogate father figure to die to help him mature. Prime Kirk was a serious student and earned his captaincy also at a young age. But Pine’s Kirk got everything too easily. Until he faces the no-win scenario, he will never take his command seriously.

77. Phil - April 11, 2013

@76. All the more reason to kill Carol Marcus, I suppose….

78. Keachick - April 11, 2013

Pine’s Kirk got everything too easily? He grew up without a father. How is that getting everything easy? He already knew a little about the no-win scenario before anyone else. That was one of the reasons why he seemed to lead a somewhat aimless existence.

Pine Kirk is likely to have been a serious student as well. I doubt even the brightest can achieve in three years what others only manage to do in four years without making some effort.

79. Phil - April 12, 2013

There is a word for those who lead aimless existences – slacker. Unless the entry requirements for Starfleet are that all candidates are recruited from bar fights, Kirk skirted the process to get in. As a repeat offender he had to kiss some serious ass to stay in, and after committing a half dozen violations that had him minutes away from being dishonorably discharged, circumstance intervened again. Further, after attempting mutiny on Enterprise, instead of being discharged…again, he’s promoted and given command. So, yeah, getting a prestige job while doing little to actually earn it is getting by easily.

And yeah, I know Kirk needed to be in the chair, so it really didn’t matter what his background was. It would be interesting to know what he was a repeat offender of? The line in the trailer about Starfleet being about vendettas sounds like something this Kirk wouldn’t think twice about. Shatners Kirk, not so much….

80. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 12, 2013

I agree growing up without a father, and an apparently less than ideal home life, is certainly not anyone’s idea of having things easy, but not everyone derails in such an environment. On the other hand, let us not Forget Prime Kirk endured the Tarsus IV massacre, so his early life was not all roses either. There is no evidence (that I am aware of) one way or the other whether Alt Kirk was also on Tarsus IV at some stage.

However, although naturally gifted, there is definitely some evidence that Alt Kirk was not as devoted a student as Prime Kirk.

***From Star Trek (2009):-
KIRK: I got to study.
MCCOY: Study my ass.

***From TOS Shore Leave:-
MCCOY: And you being the very serious young…
KIRK: Serious? I’ll make a confession, Bones. I was absolutely grim

Prime Kirk made captain at age 31, having served on several vessels prior to this; Alt Kirk made captain at 25, straight out of the Academy. He has certainly had a baptism of fire, but he is by no means the seasoned officer that Prime Kirk was when he was put in charge of Enterprise.

It is my understanding that STID is in large part about Alt Kirk’s growth into the sort of leader Prime Kirk was.

81. Phil - April 12, 2013

@80. Well, considering Pikes comment about Kirk being a repeat offender, alt. Kirk was probably in some Iowa lock up somewhere.

At first look, Kirk’s retort to Marcus about Starfleet and vendettas would seem to indicate that we are getting much more of immature Kirk. I’m wondering if the writers are attempting to mold this Kirk through circumstances, similar to the arc Shatners Kirk took in ST6 to discover that his hatred of Klingons was misplaced. If so, the writers will have done a masterful job to make it look right, as alt. Kirk does not seem to have a lot going for him in leadership qualities….

82. Phil - April 12, 2013

Okay, based on the July comic book thread, I’m prepared to revise a few predictions on the dead pool….

Kirk and Spock are a lock to live. I’m also backing off the prediction that John Harrison is a lock to die. The way the synopsis for the comic reads it looks like STID might end in a cliff hanger.

So, the top of the list now is Checkov, and both father and daughter Marcus. Dark horse – McCoy.

83. Keachick - April 12, 2013

The only “serious” violation Kirk committed was “cheating” on the Kobiyashi Maru simulation test and coming aboard the Enterprise after he had been put on academic suspension. McCoy made it possible for Kirk to be aboard the Enterprise and the idea seemed to be McCoy’s actually. And before you say what I think you are all going to say – can’t McCoy actually have an idea of his own?

In the case of cheating on the KM test, well, the “serious, studious” prime Kirk did the very same thing and he got a commendation for original thinking.

84. Phil - April 12, 2013

So, attempting to overpower a guard and take the ship at phaserpoint, otherwise known as mutiny, isn’t serious? Insubordination isn’t serious? Refusal to obey orders isn’t serious? Unauthorized access isn’t serious? Coercion isn’t serious? Falsification of records isn’t serious?

If these are not serious, I’d sure hate to see what his minor transgressions are….

I’m done.

85. Ash - April 13, 2013

I have no idea who they may kill, but I feel that Pike may not make it by the end. I will be sad to see any of the main crew die, but one person I do not think will be going anywhere is Uhura. People will most certainly cry racism or sexism if they kill her. And while I do think her and Spock will break up by the end of the film, she is still an anchor to his human side along with Kirk. Plus JJ and the writers have been trying hard to sell her as being part of the “new” big three. Why do that if they plan on killing her off?

One person I cannot abide losing…BONES. I will riot. Karl Uban as McCoy was the best part of nuTrek in my opinion (and many others judging by the comments I’ve seen) and to lose him would be a tragedy.

86. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 13, 2013

The proposed cover for Star Trek Ongoing #21 (which is supposed to pick up right where STID leaves off) features the main 7, so I am quietly confident they all survive STID. Of course, I’m not taking this as a gold-cast guarantee…

Regarding whom the funeral ceremony is for: I’m leaning towards Pike, or maybe even April, or it’s a general ceremony for all the Starfleet victims of the terrorist attacks. However, I feel it is also possible this ceremony is near the end of the movie, and is for Harrison himself. We are told this villain is not your typical bad guy. Perhaps in the end, despite the destruction and death he causes, he is regarded rather as Gary Mitchell was – as having died in the line of duty.

I personally will be extremely miffed if Spock and Uhura break up. There has so far been quite a bit of effort put in (in the 2009 movie, as well as both the Ongoing and Countdown to Darkness comics) to show that, despite their difficulties as an interspecies couple and Spock’s PTSD, they retain a deep respect and a romantic affection for each other. It wouldn’t surprise me if they have a telepathic link as well. From the comics, it seems Uhura has a knack for finding Spock when others can’t… This may be a clue, or it may be misdirection to mess with fans’ minds. Certainly, Uhura has been the only one to understand what Spock has been suffering, although by the end of the Countdown to Darkness series she has made sure that Kirk is also now aware that Spock is still not himself.

It is possible that the events of STID will be the ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back’ for this relationship. Certainly the STID storyline states that ‘love will be challenged’. This almost certainly refers to Spock and Uhura. JJ Abrams stated in an interview for Empire magazine: “So this is a movie that they certainly go ‘Into Darkness,’ but I would be the wrong director if it was about characters staying there. This is very much a movie about hope, about love, about romance, and about facing something that is truly terrifying and finding a way through the connection of your family and surviving and being stronger afterwards.” So, based on this, and what we have already seen in the comics and 2009 movie, I am hopeful that the ‘camel’s back’ will not be broken, but that the relationship between Spock and Uhura will come out of it strengthened.

The storyline also states that ‘friendships will be torn apart’. This could be Kirk & Spock, although they still aren’t really friends yet. It could be Kirk & McCoy, as their friendship was strong in the 2009 movie. It could be both, and others as well. Again, I am hopeful that these friendships will be recovered and strengthened by the end of the movie, again based on Abrams’ comment above.

All will be revealed within the next month to six weeks – if we can survive the suspense that long…

87. Becca - April 13, 2013

Just read the mini interview Zoe gave EW. She said some pretty….interesting things. I didn’t think so before but now I’m feeling pretty sure Spock and her are gonna break up. I can see it happening.

88. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 13, 2013

I’m not familiar with what’s in EW, so I can’t comment on that. However, she also gave an interview for the June edition of SFX. When asked how has Uhura and Spock’s relationship grown since the last film, she started with “It’s evolved quite a bit, and I hope it’s in a direction that everybody’s sort of hoping for…”

So, what direction IS everybody sort of hoping for?

Previously, she’s kept the direction of the relationship pretty close to her chest, joking in one interview she would lose a kidney if she said too much. She has certainly used the phrases ‘…together, or not…’ and ‘….relationship work, or not…’ in several interviews.

As I said earlier, we’ll all know what’s happening in a month or so.

89. Becca - April 13, 2013

If I had a link to the interview I’d post it, however I just read it from my magazine. I was actually surprised at what she said, it seemed to give more away than any previous interview.

Personally I was not a fan of the Spock/Uhura thing. I kinda have a thing about romance seemingly always having to be in my action movies. It didn’t bother me or anything or take away from the film, it just made me roll my eyes at first and go “oh geez”. If I had to choose I would rather them not be a couple but retain a close friendship. And if it goes the way I’m thinking it will, that’s whats going to happen.

I could be totally wrong though, like you said we’ll all know in a month anyways!

90. Phil - April 13, 2013

@88. There are a handful of fans here who think it’s an abomination, and I suspect must are either indifferent or supportive of its inclusion..

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