In an interview with MTV, J.J. Abrams spoke about Klingons in Star Trek into Darkness, and about the role of Carol Marcus in the movie.
Even though long-time fans know all about Klingons, Abrams explained that those new to the franchise coming to see Star Trek into Darkness didn’t “need to know any preexisting stories to watch this film.”
When it comes to the Klingons, “Their role in this is definitely that of adversary,” said Abrams, “and you’ll see how they play out.”
Abrams then turned to Carol Marcus and the rumors of a “romantic interlude” with James T. Kirk. “[Kirk] meets her fairly early on,” said Abrams, “and again, she plays a science officer, she’s someone who is part of the adventure…it’s very much an action-adventure movie so once that gets going it’s a difficult thing to park the story and say ‘lets do a romantic interlude.’ But her role is important; she wouldn’t be in the movie otherwise.”