Spock is up to his Vulcan ears in lava in a new clip from "Star Trek Into Darkness."

"MTV First" debuted an exclusive clip Wednesday (May 8) from the hotly anticipated sequel, which is being followed at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.com by a conversation with Josh Horowitz and castmembers Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as director J.J. Abrams.

In the clip, Spock dangles above a mysterious (and volatile) alien landscape as Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) struggles to keep a shuttle pod steady. After Sulu insists that Spock abort the mission, the first officer offers a rebuttal tempered with predictable Vulcan logic.

"This is our only chance to save this species," Spock observes. "If the volcano erupts, the planet dies."

Eventually, Sulu and his co-pilot Uhura (Saldana) elect to pull out anyway, but their maneuver is too late: the cable holding Spock breaks, sending him flying toward the fiery, bubbling rock below.

Does Spock survive? You'll have to tune into MTV just before 8 p.m. to find out!

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Using the @MTVNews hashtag #MTVFirst #AskStarTrek, "Trek" fans great and small can ask the "Trek" stars their burning questions during the sit-down, which airs on MTV.com. Not only might you find out if Spock makes it though his fiery extraterrestrial trial, you might even learn a few new tidbits about your favorite characters that for when "Star Trek Into Darkness" opens nationwide May 17.

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