‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer Sports a Very Vengeful Benedict Cumberbatch

J.J. Abrams gives fans a first look at "Star Trek Into Darkness" and it's an explosive one for Kirk and crew

Benedict Cumberbatch carries a galactic grudge in the new trailer for "Star Trek Into Darkness."

The first look at what's next for Capt. Kirk and crew is an explosion-rich one, but the best special effect on display in the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel is Cumberbatch's Shakespearean-infused threats of global devastation.

"You think your world is safe,” he says in a voice dripping with Coriolanus-like fury. “It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned to have my vengeance.”

Cue scenes of mayhem and pyrotechnics.

It's not clear who Cumberbatch — best known his for take on the legendary Baker Street sleuth on the British television show "Sherlock" — will play (Khan?), but he evidently isn't a fan of Starfleet.

Most of the cast of 2009's well-received "Star Trek" reboot are returning, including Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock. "Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters on May 17, 2013.

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