POLL: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Villain. Who Is Benedict Cumberbatch Playing?

The debate is going strong after a domestic and international teaser trailer for JJ Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness was released. Some say Cumberbatch is playing Gary Mitchell while other says he's surely Khan. Who do you think it is?

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By Mark Julian - 12/6/2012


Some people say the fact that Cumberbatch is in a Star Fleet uniform is proof that he's Gary Mitchell. Others point to the fact that Khan was one of several genetically engineered 'supermen' which would account for the feats of prowess on display in the the trailer. Maybe we'll get a definitive answer in the 9-minute preview before The Hobbit. One thing's for sure, in an age where most of The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers were spoiled before their release, it's absolutely amazing that details for the Star Trek sequel have been kept under wraps for this long.




In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.


Star Trek into Darkness


Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: May 17 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto John Cho, Peter Weller, Karl Urban and Chris Pine
Directed by: JJ Abrams
Written by: Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Damon Lindelof (screenplay),Roberto Orci (screenplay), Gene Roddenberry (tv series "Star Trek")

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LP4 - 12/6/2012, 4:48 AM
Gary Mitchell. The likeness Alice Eve's character shares with the Elizabeth Dehner character is striking.

And [frick]ing hot sorry
FilmDork1221 - 12/6/2012, 4:53 AM
Forgive me for not knowing much about Star Trek... who is Gary Mitchell??
Nomis1800 - 12/6/2012, 4:56 AM
Definitely not Kahn. But I don't think Khan either.
Miracle - 12/6/2012, 4:57 AM
KHAN, for God's sake, K-H-A-N.
Tainted87 - 12/6/2012, 4:57 AM
Hmmmm, you know, it's entirely possible Gary Mitchell and Khan have been meshed together to form his character.

ME, well, I naturally associate his character with Saren Arterius.

Perhaps he'll be a puppet who everyone thinks is Chicken Little, who was in a terrible accident that miraculously gave him some type of telekinesis, at the cost of his sanity. Maybe he's also being controlled by the "accident", and the hidden power behind it.

Or maybe we'll find out in May ;)

And yes, I watched the entire teaser with Mass Effect vision.
RorMachine - 12/6/2012, 4:58 AM
I know they said he was a canon character but I can't help thinking they've merged Mitchel and Khan and created someone new here..they may CALL him one of those names, but his character will not be 100% one or the other. Plus that last shot in the Japanese teaser is just too "Wrath Of Khan" for it to be anything else but..

POTENTIAL SPOILER

Kirk saying goodbye to Spock
AC1 - 12/6/2012, 5:06 AM
I think we have to take into account the fact that this is an alternate reality to the one of the TV show and past movies, meaning that, even if the villain is Khan or Mitchell, he could very well be a vastly different version of the character. In fact, he could be a villainous version of a character who was never a villain in the series before.
6of13 - 12/6/2012, 5:08 AM
Whoever he is, I hope it is not Khan.

Garth of Izar is one theory that I have read.
Garth = Darth
And JJ Abrams is a Star Wars fan.
MarkJulian - 12/6/2012, 5:11 AM
Hey, Khan is not spiderman. :P
6of13 - 12/6/2012, 5:12 AM
The cast have denied that it is Khan. But then again, Marion Cottilard denied she was playing Talia Al Ghul
ImnotDaredevil - 12/6/2012, 5:17 AM
What with the 'gherkin' in the poster & benedict being a Brit, maybe he is Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan....t. ;)
Tainted87 - 12/6/2012, 5:17 AM
@RorMachine
Although sure, Kirk could have changed his shirt somewhere in the movie (he was wearing black throughout the first one), Cumberbatch is seen wearing black. The hand pressed up against the glass to Spock's has a black sleeve, while in the trailer, Kirk has a yellow shirt.

I think it's a red herring. If Cumberbatch has superpowers, he may even have telepathy. Perhaps he is testing it out.

Scotty is seen comforting a crying Uhura. That may be because he parents, or mother (see woman in teaser) was killed in the attack in San Francisco.

I like to explore different options.
RorMachine - 12/6/2012, 5:25 AM
Sure, could be something to throw us off the scent..maybe I just really hope it isn't! Best scene in Trek history..

marvel72 - 12/6/2012, 5:25 AM
who the f*ck is gary mitchell? he sounds like a lame crew member,we need a big name villain.
BobGarlen - 12/6/2012, 5:31 AM
I certainly Want it to be Gary Mitchell, woud make sense since he was thought to be dead. but honestly I think it's either John Paxton's/Peter Weller's Son or James T. Kirk's Brother.

more than likely it's John Paxton's Son, look at what happened to him in Enterprise, look at what Cumberbatch is doing? Cumberbatch is John Paxton's son!
Shadowelfz - 12/6/2012, 5:32 AM
Yeah I think he's going to be a combination of both. Maybe a less god-like and more khanish Gary Mitchell?
ComicBoyWonder - 12/6/2012, 5:48 AM
@Rormachine:

Zachary Quinto did say before that he wanted to go in different directions with his films, and that he may not return as Spock. Could that be a hint hint wink wink that

(POTENTIAL SPOILER)


Spock may die in this film?
charlie2094 - 12/6/2012, 5:50 AM
I've never been a Trek guy, so the name Gary Mitchell never mean't anything to me until this speculation began. From what I've read, it certainly sound's like it could be him but wouldn't be surprised if they went for the more iconic Khan, who I did previously know.

Saying that @RorMachine, could be right and they could merge the two characters in the same way (hopefully better though) Marvel combined Whiplash with elements of Crimson Dynamo for Iron Man 2.

I'll be happy for whoever, the film looks great and can't wait to see the full trailer; which hopefully will make the identity of Cumberbatch's character a bit clearer, but I feel they're really going to hold off on fully revealing him, maybe just more hints that the fans could maybe piece together.
Boekelaar - 12/6/2012, 5:56 AM
It won't be Khan, Abrams doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would put the villain from the second Trek movie into his second Trek movie. I have no idea who Gary Mitchell is so I can't comment on that. Does Cumberbatch not look like a character from the Trekverse? considering he's playing an alternate universe version you have to assume he's been styled to look like the character.
Kayo - 12/6/2012, 5:56 AM
Gary Mitchell
RedMosquito - 12/6/2012, 6:01 AM
Darth Vader, clearly.
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 12/6/2012, 6:13 AM
It doesn't really make sense to compare this film to TWOK since the crews are at two completely different places in their own timelines. I'd say for now it does bare a resemblance to Gary and maybe even Elizabeth Dehner, which would be awesome. Reaching way back to pull a story like that and add a new twist is, in my opinion, 100% the way to go. Khan can show up later, and if he does it certainly wouldn't resemble TWOK film.
InfiniteMonkey - 12/6/2012, 6:15 AM
It would be such a travesty if it is Gary or Khan. The writers have a clean slate and they want to rehash an existing character?

Pity that. Give someone carte blanche and they take from the store room instead.

Looking forward to the movie nonetheless.
LP4 - 12/6/2012, 6:17 AM
Dammit, i can't believe i'm actually agreeing with Intruder. This really IS an alternate universe ;P
bagadoosh - 12/6/2012, 6:22 AM
SuperDan89 - 12/6/2012, 6:26 AM
It's Sybok! ;)
Bandido - 12/6/2012, 6:30 AM
IDK AND I DONT CARE BUT I JUST WOKE UP AND SAW THIS AND POOPED MY PANTS
Spideyguy94 - 12/6/2012, 6:44 AM
@marvel72 Gary Mitchell sounds like a commentator from match of the day :P
herodian - 12/6/2012, 6:57 AM
"RorMachine: I know they said he was a canon character but I can't help thinking they've merged Mitchel and Khan"

M.Khan?

sorry, this joke will only make sense to either A) north circular drivers or B) Mary Whitehouse Experience viewers.
Scooby - 12/6/2012, 7:12 AM
Gary Mitchell? Give us the Kirk drop spin

continuezero - 12/6/2012, 7:12 AM
Anyone think it could be Q?
Joe6Pack74 - 12/6/2012, 7:38 AM
Could be Larry Johnson.
DaenerysTargaryen - 12/6/2012, 7:43 AM
Obviously he's Sherlock Holmes who went insane after the events of Reichenbach Falls.
lntrn8 - 12/6/2012, 7:48 AM
@Scooby . . . drop spin bitches!
Preston - 12/6/2012, 7:53 AM

"It's not Khan. That's a myth. Everyone's saying it is, but it's not. I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me - it's beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them,"

---Simon Pegg

"Yep, it's yet another thing I can't talk about [laughs]. I'll tell you this, it's iconic and it's exciting. I'm bored of denying that it's Khan now, because people keep saying it."

---Cumberbatch

If we can believe this, it's Gary Mitchell.
Maximus101 - 12/6/2012, 7:53 AM
This movie is going to pwn in may! Its Gary Mitchell for sure
LP4 - 12/6/2012, 8:25 AM
Gary [frick]ing Mitchell people. It isn't Khan, get over it :)

[frick] Khan.

Furthermore, if Alice Eve isn't playing Elizabeth Dehner then [frick] it, I'm Michael Jackson.

This is the clearest proof that Cumberbatch is Gary Mitchell. And Alice Eve is thereby- Elizabeth Dehner.
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/6/2012, 8:36 AM
I hope its a new character.
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/6/2012, 8:40 AM
Anyway Ben looks [frick]ing menacing!
sarge028 - 12/6/2012, 9:09 AM
Whoever it may be, i dont think we can base it on observations from the original series. That obviousely went out the window with the time line change in the last movie. As far as we know it could be Harry Mudd.
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