‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Teaser Sneaks In ‘Khan’ Reference

By now, you’ve likely seen the very first teaser for the return of the Starship Enterprise, but have you seen the Japanese version?

It may sound like an odd question, since you wouldn’t expect any major inconsistencies between trailers with such a big release like this, but the Japanese teaser for “Into Darkness” features a very curious and overt reference to one previous “Star Trek” movie in particular: “The Wrath of Khan.”

Check out the Japanese teaser after the jump!

The preview starts are just like the US version does with the explosions and the dread and the Alice Eve, but it’s at the very end when things get all Khan-y. While it’s not Benedict Cumberbatch saying, “Alas, my true identity is Khan,” but there is a visual callback to the sequel’s second most iconic scene (behind “Khaaaannnnnn” of course).

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The scene of course comes right before Spock’s death from radiation poisoning. Having just saved the entire crew, Spock says he’s good-bye to Kirk with a line that will choke up any good nerd worth his or her salt. “You are my superior officer. You are also my friend. I have been and always shall be yours.”

It’s a clear reference, which seems like a curious choice for the first teaser, since everyone and their mother is assuming that Cumberbatch is playing some alternate universe version of Khan.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” opens on May 17, 2013.

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