Please be aware that spoilers for the sequel follow.
While Benedict Cumberbatch’s character’s motivations remain a mystery, the biggest reveal included in the new footage seems to be the identity of Peter Weller’s character. The site reports that Weller will be playing “Admiral Marcus” who, one assumes, is the father of Alice Eve’s Carol Marcus. In fact, an “Alex Marcus” was recently teased in the pages of the “Countdown to Darkness” comic book prequel. If both Marcuses are indeed one and the same, that means that Weller’s character was the former first officer on a different U.S.S. Enterprise, serving under Captain Robert April.
The other major plot detail revealed is that, towards the beginning of the film, Chris Pine’s Kirk will be demoted for violating the Prime Directive on Nibiru and accidentally revealing the Enterprise to the natives. Bruce Greenwood’s Captain Christopher Pike will be put in charge of the Enterprise with Kirk serving as first officer and Zachary Quinto’s Spock getting transferred to another vessel.
The film, set for release on IMAX screens on May 15 and in regular theaters May 17, 2013, also stars John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin.