MTV have got their mitts on these debut images from the set of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming ‘Star Trek’ sequel. The two intriguing pics provide us with our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch, who’s portraying the films mysterious villain. The images showase Cumberbatch facing off against Zachary Quinto’s Spock (using his famous Vulcan Death Grip), and Zoe Saldana’s Uhuru, on what’s being described as “a Space Barge set.”

‘Star Trek 2′ will be released May 17th, 2013 in 3D. The 2009 re-launch of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise by Abrams was met with critical acclaim and a worldwide gross of over $385 million at the box office. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor and Peter Weller.  Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the as-yet-untitled film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The script was written by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof.