New Star Trek Poster Shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Mysterious Villain [PHOTO]

The new Star Trek poster gives trekkies a rare glimpse into the highly secretive movie, "Star Trek Into Darkness," which will hit theaters on May 17, 2013. The man shown in the dark poster, channeling a "Dark Knight Rises" vibe, is thought to be Benedict Cumberbatch as a yet unnamed villain who is marveling at his mass destruction.

The poster shows the Cumberbatch standing atop a pile of ruin as he surveys a metropolis landscape go up in smokes. His long black trench coat blows in the wind while rubble from a likely attack rains from the sky. A crumbling and tattered wall frames the poster with a cutout of the Star Trek insigma.

Some guesses about the villain that Cumberbatch will play include Khan Noonien Singh and Gary Mitchell.

Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk, is no where to be found in the marketing poster but he, of course, is the main character to this sequel.

The official plot summary states:

"When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

"Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction."

Many Sci-Fi aficionados were quick to point out that the new Star Trek poster bears an undeniable resemblance to Christopher Nolan's third installment "The Dark Knight Rises." That poster was framed with crumbling towers and buildings that revealed a Batman symbol where the buildings met the sky.

More information on "Star Trek Into Darkness" is as follows:

Release Date: May 17, 2013 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenwriter: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof
Starring: John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Peter Weller