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[Movies] Star Trek Into Darkness Prequel Comic Offers Clues About The Film
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.21.2013

Superhero Hype reports that the second issue of IDW's prequel comic Star Trek Into Darkness may have clues for the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness.

The "Countdown to Darkness" miniseries is a prequel to the film. It was written by the film's producer/writer Roberto Orci with IDW Star Trek writer Mike Johnson. The events in the book are considered canon but there's no guarantee they will be in the film. The original "Countdown" featured Next Generation characters and was set in the future, after the events in which Eric Bana's Nero went to the 23rd century.

Here's a synopsis: "Countdown to Darkness" features the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise on a mission to the planet Phaedus IV where, hoping to learn how an alien race acquired advanced technology, Kirk comes face to face with a man familiar to Trekkies: Captain Robert April. Here are some potential clues, but be warned there are potential spoilers.

- The ship in the 2009 film was not the first Enterprise. The comic suggests that the Enterprise NCC-1701 is not the first ship with that name. Since it's referenced in the 2009 film and set before Nero changed things, it's possible Star Trek: Enterprise is still canonical in the new timeline. This means that the NX-01 would be over 100 years old by the time of the 2009 film and its design is different from "Countdown to Darkness." In the comic, Kirk said: "April's ship was decommissioned two years ago. I got the new one." This hints that the Enterprise was in service even during the building of the NCC-1701 in the 2009 film, since Kirk was in Starfleet at the time.

- Robert April may have a connection to Carol Marcus. April explains his history and talks about a bond with a man named Alex Marcus. This could be a reference to the father of Carol Marcus, played by Alice Eve in the film.

- Harry Mudd is a Bajoran woman. This will likely stay in the comic but a new character is introduced named Mudd, and she is a Bajoran rogue. This is a reference to Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd, a conman playing Roger C. Carmel in the original series episodes "Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd" as well as in the animated series' "Mudd's Passion."

Star Trek Into Darkness will be released on May 17.


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