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"Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters around the nation today and that got us thinking: What's going to happen in "Star Trek 3"?
Hey, we're not called CurrentMovie.com.
And, surprisingly enough, there's actually quite a bit of information floating around out there about the presumed third installment in the hit sci-fi franchise relaunch. With that in mind, we've compiled all the rumors, revealing interviews and MAJOR SPOILERS into one handy guide.
So check it out. Because if there's one thing "Star Trek" has taught us, it's that tomorrow is going to be even better than today.
The Whole Crew Will Be Back
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As the chatter surrounding whether or not Robert Downey, Jr. will be back for "Iron Man 4" has shown us, you just can't take anything for granted in the world of movies. If they can potentially replace the most popular and successful box office star of the past five years, they can certainly replace the cast of "Star Trek." Luckily, however, they're not going to, as all the major crew members of the Enterprise are signed on for a third film. And that even includes new addition Alice Eve, who joined the team in "Star Trek Into Darkness." Welcome aboard!
'Star Trek 3' Will Arrive in 2016
Or at least, that's the plan. 2016, you see, happens to the the 50th anniversary of the television debut of "Star Trek" back in 1966. And as screenwriter Robert Orci told Trek Movie, the folks at Paramount "are firm about having a movie out by the 50th anniversary and we are all trying to see if we can all make it work together." Of course, "Star Trek Into Darkness" was supposed to come out last summer, so these things sometimes just take as long as they take. But at the moment, the Enterprise is scheduled to take flight once again in 2016.
J.J. Abrams Will Be Involved
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In case you've been living in a cave or inside a Tauntaun's stomach for the last year, "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" director J.J. Abrams recently signed on to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is only the biggest movie event of your lifetime. So the dude is going to be busy. And that has a lot of "Star Trek" fans understandably concerned. But Abrams told the Belfast Telegraph in no uncertain terms that he will still be working on "Star Trek 3" one way or another. "No matter what if there is a third film Bad Robot and I will be producing the film, so we'll definitely be involved in it," he said. Whew.
There Will Be Klingons
The numbe- one menace in just about every version of "Star Trek" is, of course, the warlike Klingon Empire. And as fans who have seen "Star Trek Into Darkness" already know, the Klingons are most definitely lurking out there, ready to pounce — something they are probably going to do in "Star Trek 3." Discussing possibilities for "Star Trek 3" with HeyUGuys!, screenwriter Damon Lindelof said "You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in ["Star Trek Into Darkness"] we've given the audience a little taste, but there's also a promise that there’s a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see." He also teased the possibility of seeing Q or even the Borg in future films, but for now, Klingons are apparently where it's at.
Khan May Return
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Hey, we warned you there are spoilers. Asked about the possibility of Benedict Cumberbatch's Khan becoming a returning villain, Lindelof told Screen Rant that "I think that we would be incredibly stupid to not use him again." Now, that may not come until "Star Trek 4" or something, but considering how awesome Cumberbatch is in "Star Trek Into Darkness," we sure hope they use him again sooner rather than later.
There Will Be More Space Stuff
If there's any complaint we have about the first two "Star Trek" films it's that they, you know, don't actually have anything to do with a trek to the stars. Almost all the action takes place on or near Earth, with both films revolving around plots to wreck our big beautiful planet. At the end of "Star Trek Into Darkness," though, the Enterprise finally takes off on its five-year mission to seek out new life and new civilizations and boldly go where no one has gone before — which is where the classic "Star Trek" story began. So expect far more deep-space explorer-type stuff and far fewer sequences of people fighting on top of cars.