Everyone buckle in, because your tear ducts are about to go to warp speed. J.J. Abrams recently said in an interview that he’s structuring Star Trek: Into Darkness specifically to make you cry. Yes, you. You will cry. He and some members of the cast — specifically Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch – sat down with MTV News to chat about the upcoming sequel and share some spoilers. Namely, that weeping will take place, but some other things too.
For one thing, there’s gonna be a lot more emphasis on Captain Kirk’s staying power this time around. He earned his title in the first movie, and Into Darkness will be all about what it takes to keep it. Says J.J., “In many ways, this film is about a guy who is being tested to earn [his ship].” And even though we have no idea who he’s actually playing, Benedict Cumberbatch is most definitely the guy who’s gonna get in the way of that. The current name for his character is ‘John Harrison’, but since that’s not a recognizable name from the canon, there’s been a lot of speculation that he’ll be playing someone like Khan or Gary Mitchell. Regardless, he about to eff shit up, according to Benedict: “He is a terrorist. He tears into the fabric of the world and the Enterprise family. It leaves a trail of devastation.” But everyone’s safe, right? Like…all those pretty faces from the first movie that I got so attached to…they’ll be fine, right? RIGHT GUYS? Guys don’t hurt Anton Yelchin! Or Simon Pegg! Or anyone I like! Zachary won’t give confirmation either way, but he warns that “there’s reason to worry”, adding, “There is an insidiousness and ruthlessness and fierce intelligence to [Harrison] that almost undermines the interconnectivity of the crew,” he teased. “The stakes are much higher.”
But as terrifying as that is, we do get to look forward to a little hetero-erotic bonding between Kirk and Spock. According to Chris, “The definition of who these two people are definitely comes to bear in this film. It’s central to what happens in the story. Spock is a logical man of cold reason who is run by laws, regulations and prescriptions. Kirk is a guttural, by-the-heart, instinctive and impulsive guy. Those two ways of looking at the world are central to these characters and their journey.” Sounds kinky. I’m into it. And of course the crying part. Tell me about it, J.J. “The goal of this movie is to make you cry. If the movie does its job, then by the end of the movie, you will have had a reaction involving the eyes. If the movie works, then there’s definitely an emotional component.”
Oh okay, so it might not be crying, necessarily…just a ‘reaction involving the eyes’. So you could walk out of the theater doing a lot of eye-rolling or blinking or flirtatious winking. Right? Right? Who am I kidding, this thing is gonna be a sob-fest. I fear for my mascara.