Benedict Cumberbatch's role in Star Trek Into Darkness revealed! Or is it? [UPDATED]

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  1. Brainspore says:

    …the name was used for several random, unnamed onscreen characters (including redshirts) in several episodes…

    That explains the “revenge” angle. If anyone’s been screwed over by Kirk, it’s the dozens of hapless redshirts he’s sent into harm’s way.

    • John Jones says:

      Someone figures out a way to jump between realities, saving every redshirt at the moment of their “death,” only to turn them into an elite fighting force against the Federation. Guest appearance by Denise Crosby.

  2. daneyul says:

    HAAAAAARRISON!!!!

  3. Timothy Krause says:

    Looks like they’re going the full Loki with this one: let’s put the hyperpowered baddie where he can do the most harm, i.e., in an “inescapable” brig in the heart of our technologically wondrous–yet–oh so vulnerable shippy ship. What could go wrong???

  4. ando bobando says:

    Ooooh, I like the haircut. He sure *looks* evil now.

  5. Shane Simmons says:

    Likely a new villain.  I don’t know how much after the last movie this one takes place, but unless this takes place 12 years after the previous movie, this still takes place before the original series.  People were determined that the next movie was going to be a TOS villain because of those non-canon comic books that re-told TOS episodes with the new Enterprise and “new” crew. People have been saying the next movie would be a reboot of Wrath of Khan since 2009.

    I could end up being totally wrong, but people need to keep in mind that TNG, Enterprise, and the 2009 movie totally changed the timeline.  Ach, the Trekkies who got upset over the Borg being on Enterprise…sheesh, people, it’s part of the First Contact continuity.  As if Star Trek and continuity always go together. :->

    EDIT: It does crack me up that the villain name they floated is that of a fairly famous screenwriter, responsible for, among other things, the two SciFi Dune miniseries. :-> I’d have named the villain Rick Bozeman if it’d been me.

    • Scurra says:

      Of course, that’s assuming that TOS was “real” at all (let’s suspend disbelief for a moment here!)  My favourite retcon theory is that most of the adventures of Kirk, Spock et al were actually all Academy Textbook missions intended to illustrate different ways to get things horribly wrong, using these idealised abstracted characters who clearly weren’t representative of the actual people, so there was no real timeline to mess with anyway…

    • LintMan says:

      If it was up to me, I’d name the villain “Brannon Braga” and at the end of the movie the villain would get “evolved” into a lizard and then made into a pair of boots and belt for Kirk.

  6. mesocosm says:

    As with Lost, I expect that the solution to the mystery will prove to be less interesting than the mystery itself. 

  7. Roger Strong says:

    The captain of the Enterprise-B in Star Trek: Generations was John Harriman.  Now we know where the name originated.

  8. theophrastvs says:

    he’s probably just Ben Finney.   (here’s hoping i’m wrong  -sigh-)

  9. Punchcard says:

    Personal Theory: Totally is Khan, but this is not a reimagining of “Wrath” it is a reimagining of “Space Seed”.

  10. EeyoreX says:

    Somebody should mash up the Harrison mystery with that “Moriaty Was Real” meme, pronto.

  11. miasm says:

    This is obviously happening in the holodeck. Moriarty replicates a big gun and site-to-site transports to the escape pods.

  12. Robert says:

    All those other characters? Really just one — John Harrison. He is an immortal time-traveller. That’s the spoiler, right there. You’re welcome.

  13. Halloween_Jack says:

     I’m fond of the idea that it’s Gary Mitchell. Part of the second pilot (“Where No Man Has Gone Before”) had Kirk & Co. going out of their way to isolate the increasingly powerful Mitchell, or trying to, and I’d wondered if the destruction depicted in stills, the trailer, etc. showed what would have happened if Mitchell hadn’t been killed.

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