Trivia: Star Trek Into Darkness

  • Actor Allusion:
    Admiral Marcus: It's evil. Pure and simple.
    • Marcus' attempt to use a super ship to start a war with the Klingon Empire recalls something Weller's character in Star Trek: Enterprise, John Frederick Paxton, said. In both cases Weller takes an extreme "Us versus Them" mentality.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Subverted and inverted. You wouldn't think Scotty himself would make this request.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub of the film, Uhura is voiced by Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo Yubari), and John Harrison by TV actor Satoshi Mikami.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Minor example; Damon Lindelof apologized on his Twitter for including a Lingerie Scene of Carol Marcus, feeling it had little to do with the plot and was demeaning. Both he and J. J. Abrams pointed out, though, that Kirk is also seen in his underwear earlier in the film and there was a cut "Shower of Evil" scene planned for Harrison. Meanwhile, Alice Eve says that she did not feel exploited when making the scene.
    • Abrams also later turned against keeping Khan's identity secret in the advertising, deciding they should have admitted it from the beginning.
    • Karl Urban was disappointed by the fact that the film attempted too hard to emulate The Wrath of Khan, saying that the third movie should have a more original story.
  • The Danza: Joseph Gatt's character was originally called GATT2000, although by the time of the film's release, the character's name was changed to Science Officer 0718.
  • Development Gag: Carol Marcus initially joins the crew under her mother's maiden name, Wallace. In the early drafts of what became Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the role that eventually became Carol was taken by Dr Janet Wallace from the episode "The Deadly Years".
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Khan is supposed to be North Indian, but is played by a Caucasian Brit.
    • McCoy, born in the "Deep South" region of North America, is portrayed by New Zealander Karl Urban.
  • Fan Nickname: "Star Trek XII: The Wrath of John" It turned out to be quite appropriate.
  • Lying Creator:
    • JJ Abrams and the film's writers said they didn't feel comfortable tackling an updated version of Khan. They lied. Likewise, Benedict Cumberbatch swore up and down that his character in the movie was original; and until his character was officially named John Harrison, the entire cast vehemently denied he was playing Khan whenever they were asked about it.
    • Leonard Nimoy said he had nothing to do with this film. He lied, as he got a cameo.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • I Knew It:
    • Many fans had long guessed that Harrison was Khan using an alias.
    • Somewhat less guessed that Harrison was working for/with Section 31
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: John Harrison and Carol Marcus have had a run-in before.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Cumberbatch's character, John Harrison, is also the name of one of the most famous clock makers of all time.
    • He also shares a name with a character who was one of the recurring background extras from The Original Series, who incidentally was also in the Space Seed episode.
    • John Harrison was also a Corrupt Corporate Executive in the final episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • Reality Subtext: The central plot, involving Admiral Marcus and his plan to turn Starfleet into a more militaristic version of itself, is largely a reflection of the fandom's response to the 2009 revival; though it revitalized the Star Trek franchise for a new generation, quite a few longtime fans criticized it for emphasizing action and conflict at the expense of creative storytelling, and for trying to take a famously optimistic franchise in a Darker and Edgier direction. Fittingly, the final battle pits the Enterprise against the Vengeance, the first Starfleet ship ever designed expressly for combat, and the ending has Kirk delivering a speech about the importance of Starfleet staying true to its original mission of peacekeeping and exploration.
  • Refitted For Sequel:
    • The designs and whatnot for the Klingons were originally created for scenes cut out of the 2009 film.
    • Chris Pine recites the "Space, the final frontier" monologue before the end credits. For the 2009 film, Abrams considered having Chris Pine recite the monologue before letting Leonard Nimoy do it as a Passing the Torch moment.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • A URL for a new poster was hidden in one of the trailers, but the frame where it was hidden in was a shot of Alice Eve in her underwear, where few would be likely to notice it.
    • Some fans were no doubt rolling their eyes when Abrams seems to setup a monster chase scene early in the film. The creature is instantly stunned and never seen again. Adding to the humour, it turned out that the monster was actually Kirk's ride, intended to help him escape from the horde of angry tribals pursuing him.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Casting considered tapping Michael Dorn, who played Worf in TNG, to play one of the new-look Klingons. They ultimately decided not to "mix the old with the new".
    • Benecio del Toro was the filmmaker's original choice for the role of Harrison, but negotiations fell through. It's fascinating to imagine what he would have done as Khan.
    • The title of the film was going to be Star Trek Vengeance but Abrams went against it because of the Ghost Rider sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The title Vengeance was kept in the Russian release, however.
      • Ironic in that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was originally planned to be entitled Star Trek II: Vengeance of Khan, because at the time the third "Star Wars" movie was announced to be 'Revenge of the Jedi.
    • Carol Marcus was supposed to be American like her original counterpart but was changed to English when Alice Eve was cast.