This is the big one, this shot comes from the Japanese trailer, and is almost a complete recreation of Spock's death-scene from
Wrath Of Khan
Zachary Quinto was fairly mysterious about his character's chances of returning in
Star Trek 3
on Twitter recently:
"It’s like an era of association with certain roles – a specific part like Spock, or a kind of part, like Sylar — is coming to an end…"
Which sounds like confirmation to us.
It's also another bit of evidence for the Cumberbatch is Khan theory.
However, JJ could still be playing with us - by combining elements of the Khan mythos with the Gary Mitchell character he would reward
geeks and film fans alike.
What if the opening sequence involves the destruction of a Starship Gary Mitchell is onboard - one the Federation refuses to rescue.
Mitchell survives, and seeks revenge - both on the Federation itself, and on Kirk, who stole his girlfriend (Alice Eve) while they were at the Academy together.
He commits some terror acts, before allowing himself to be captured, so he can infiltrate Starfleet, to steal a Genesis Machine.
Whilst he's a prisoner, Mitchell observes Spock and Kirk, and realises he can get to Kirk by attacking Spock.
He uses the Machine to terraform a planet back into existence, as a trap.
Then, confronts the Enterprise crew, killing Spock. Cue cliffhanger, leading directly into a sequel!
Of course, we're just having fun - we're sure JJ has a few more surprises up his sleeve.
We can't wait for the full trailer, then for
Star Trek Into Darkness
to hit cinemas on May 17 2013.