Who is Spock Vulcan nerve-pinching in the first Star Trek 2 photos? Spoilers!

Brace yourself, because the first set photos (below) from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel have hit the web!

Who is Spock Vulcan nerve-pinching in the first Star Trek 2 photos? Spoilers!

In these unofficial shots, Spock (Zachary Quinto) battles the film's unknown villain — Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, who's wearing a black Starfleet uniform — on a space barge.

Spock goes in for his famous tweak attack, but Cumberbatch resists and turns the tide. In another photo, Uhura (Zoe Saldana) provides back-up by brandishing a phaser at Cumberbatch.

What nefarious character could resist a nerve pinch? Postulate wildly in the comments!

Photos: Eric Ford. MTV via Trek Movie.