Major STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Spoiler About Benedict Cumberbatch's Character

A trusted source for the website, Shockya.com, has some spoiler-ish information about Benedict Cumberbatch's villainous role in JJ Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness. Hit the jump to check it out.

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By nailbiter111 - 4/3/2013


Sorry if this feels a bit redundant but not everyone was convinced that Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") was playing Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness. If you'll remember, in the beginning of February an Entertainment Weekly webpage labeled an image, "Kirk & Khan." While the site said it made a mistake, I and many others didn't believe them. And now, a source for Shockya.com is claiming that Cumberbatch is most certainly Khan and explains how and when the reveal takes place.

"Well moviegoers, through a trusted source, I can confirm that the Cumberbatch IS indeed playing Khan. He is called John Harrison at points in the film, but during a key scene where Harrison is held prisoner on the Enterprise, he does reveal to Kirk and crew that his true identity is Khan. In addition, the film takes another cue from Wrath Of Khan and alludes to the famous reactor scene, but puts a reverse spin on it." - Shockya.com


Khan Noonien Singh is a fictional villain in the American Star Trek science fiction franchise, portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán. The character first appeared in "Space Seed" (1967), a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, and reappeared as the antagonist in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

According to the backstory provided in "Space Seed", Khan is a genetically engineered superhuman from India who once controlled more than a quarter of the Earth during the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s. After being revived from suspended animation in 2267 by the crew of the USS Enterprise, Khan attempts to capture the starship, but is thwarted by James T. Kirk and exiled on Ceti Alpha V to create a new society with his people. In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, set fifteen years after "Space Seed," Khan escapes his exile and sets out to seek revenge upon Kirk. - wikipedia






STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and directed/produced by J.J. Abrams. Returning for the sequel are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zoë Saldana, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller. The film beams into theaters May 17th, 2013.

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MrNiklander - 4/3/2013, 1:00 AM
I call BULLSHIT until I see the movie J.J Abrams
RPD - 4/3/2013, 1:17 AM
I hope he is Kahn just so a bunch of people will be wrong...
scmittydude - 4/3/2013, 1:21 AM
...i forgot everything i had just read when i got to that GIF
ahhmynuts - 4/3/2013, 1:40 AM
would make sense from a terrorists' standpoint. what terrorist would want to be called john harrison lol.
ahhmynuts - 4/3/2013, 1:40 AM
but idk. taking this with a grain of salt.
CoulsonLives - 4/3/2013, 1:43 AM
Kirk must not die! :'(
StingrayX - 4/3/2013, 1:51 AM
We all already knew that it was Khan.
Epicenter - 4/3/2013, 1:56 AM
Well I guess we'll see how this works itself out on the big screen.
scootaloo - 4/3/2013, 2:01 AM
No matter how many of these mofos say he's Khan, I'm still calling BS.
Alaba - 4/3/2013, 2:21 AM
Lol its always been obvious. Cumberbatch is the perfect actor to play a sort of shakespearean style villain that Khan was portrayed as by Montalban, an actor good with words and theatrical in tone and, also an intelligent match for Kirk. I've never had doubts it wasn't Khan.
MCMLXXXII - 4/3/2013, 2:24 AM
if his chracter is named "khan", they have to explain why benedict cumberbatch is playing him.. i mean he doesnt look like a "Khan Noonien Singh" does he..
RGINLA - 4/3/2013, 2:43 AM
Hoping he was Gary Seven...
Infaredfield - 4/3/2013, 2:53 AM
KHANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!
CavEl - 4/3/2013, 3:08 AM
I refuse to believe that Abrams cast Cumberbatch as Kahn when he couldve casted an Indian actor easily.

And before I get hit with the technicality of Indians are Caucasian, Indians are considered Caucasian because Northern Indians migrated from the Caucus Mountains in the middle east. It doesn't mean they're Caucasian ...as in white, most Indians are more closely related to Aussie Aboriginals.

CavEl - 4/3/2013, 3:11 AM
Benedict Cumberbatch, as much as I love him as an actor,couldn't pass for Indian if he tried.
Happy11 - 4/3/2013, 3:27 AM
I'll believe it when I see it.
TheBaroness89 - 4/3/2013, 3:36 AM
I thought he was going to reveal himself to be the Leader of the Tribbles
Hellsing - 4/3/2013, 3:47 AM
Wait what he's playing Khan no [frick]ing way he's playing Bob the [frick]ing builder. Its so [frick]ing obvious!

Seriously though does it really matter what the characters name is or isn't long as he's a good villain who gives shit (well apparently I'm the only one who doesn't care)
sirbonesalot - 4/3/2013, 3:47 AM
Benedict Cumberbatch = Jean-Luc Picard
InfiniteMonkey - 4/3/2013, 4:14 AM
They just couldn't leave it alone could they?
Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof, writers without their own original ideas.
I guess we already know what happens to Spock at the end.
Another Search for Spock in the next Star Trek.
Wow.
Two trilogies, Two sets of DVD's,...but wait,...different timelines. Wow...>_>
rocky - 4/3/2013, 4:33 AM
All I want to say is that ALICE EVE looks AMAZING
Watchdog816 - 4/3/2013, 4:34 AM
I just rewatched the trailer. I think if Cumberbatch is playing Khan than it is not the same Khan as TOS. "John Harrison" is an obvious code name. (Dr. Who goes by John Smith) The character might be a genetically engineer human like Khan but it is obvious that Abrams is going a different avenue with the concept. This is clearly a completely different timeline.

Besides, the whole "John Harrison" think is purely a cover name anyway. How many flims, like the Star Wars sequels, had false titles to protect the film. It is the same concept here only with a character names.
CoulsonLives - 4/3/2013, 4:41 AM
@grif... Tool, that means he's useful! :P
Alaba - 4/3/2013, 4:54 AM
Montalban wasn't indian was he?
Hellsing - 4/3/2013, 4:57 AM
Yes Abrams a right bastard for trying to keep a secret. He's a [frick]ing wanker, why isn't he spoiling the whole movie.
Hellsing - 4/3/2013, 4:58 AM
@Alaba no he was Mexican but in those day's all you had to do was tan an actor and they were considered to be arabs or indians or pretty much any other race.
Danz64 - 4/3/2013, 4:59 AM
No shit Sherlock, we already knew he was gonna be Khan it was implied
beane2099 - 4/3/2013, 5:03 AM
Whatever. As long as it's a good movie, he could be Shinzon from Nemesis for all I care.
wolverinesfury - 4/3/2013, 5:06 AM
No shit.
rocky - 4/3/2013, 5:16 AM
I thought he was a giant tribble in disguise
specialkail - 4/3/2013, 5:22 AM
;i like how the heading says major spoilers and the subheading says spoilerish.
ManCalledSting - 4/3/2013, 5:26 AM
I guess I don't care either way anymore, the movie looks awesome, and I shall enjoy it a lot.
Newbus - 4/3/2013, 5:32 AM
"I'm better than you"

From that quote he was either an android or superhuman. But Khan!!?? Should have stuck with John Harrison.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 4/3/2013, 5:34 AM
Ok, I'll wait until I see the movie. He can be Khan or Gary Mitchell, as long as he is a great villain and can make us love to hate him.
InfiniteMonkey - 4/3/2013, 6:08 AM
Another whitewashing session by yours truly, Hollywood.
A [frick]ing White Guy named Khan Noonian Singh. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!
NathimusPrime - 4/3/2013, 6:13 AM
may is going to be an awsome month!
GRYDE - 4/3/2013, 6:19 AM
It actually fits.
It is possible that this Khan was not found by Kirk but someone else in starfleet. Perhaps Starfleet or Admiral Marcus secretly awaken Khan to use and then creates an alias to hide the fact theyre working with an infamous would be conquerer from the past.
Maybe after Khan was awakened, Starfleet asked him to use his abilities for them in exchange they would awaken his crew but betrayed him. And possibly terminated them.

That would fit with the statements made by Cumberbatch and others that the audience would be sympathetic to the villains situation.

So they big reveal that Abrams and co. are trying to protect is not the I.D. but the characters reason for revenge that was a betrayal and possibly a murderous act by starfleet.

Kirk and Co. get the real story from Khan and realize are sympathetic and want to expose the truth.

I would guess Weller/Admiral Marcus is then revealed to be the real villain. He wants Khan dead and Kirk is dumb enough to warn him that theyre coming back with Khan to expose the secret.

Marcus orders starfleet vessels to stop the enterprise.

Enterprise gets damaged Khan helps them save the ship so they can return and expose the truth and awaken the others in cryo sleep. Not sure when the Enterprise crash in the bay occurs but it could be the enterprise basically reaching the finish line the only way they could.

Perhaps the scene of a door opening to reveal many coffins/cryo cylinders is after Marcus is defeated Starfleet then finds them somewhere Marcus had them stored.

Its possible Khan survives and his given his awakened crew and simply wants a ship so he can take them to a World they can make their own or some place sympathetic to Khan.
AvengersRock - 4/3/2013, 6:20 AM
Very early on, I definitely thought it was Khan. Then I saw the first trailers and thought maybe it wasn't Khan. Then when I saw Harrison say "I'm better" and Kirk asks "at what" and Harrison says "at everything" and I really thought it was Khan or one of his ilk - another genetically superior person. That's just the kind of thing Khan would say in his superior cockiness.

Now I don't care...I just want the movie to be here.

I don't think it is Khan. There are enough people who have seen the movie that I think it would leak if it were Khan...or even a comment that we're not going to believe who the villian really is....
VinceP98 - 4/3/2013, 6:28 AM
For the people saying that Cumberbatch can't be a good Khan, remember that JJ Abrams isn't trying to copy what has come before in the traditional definition of the word "copy". He's using characters from canon, but not necessarily putting them into that same perspective. These characters are updated versions of the originals and they exist in a different timeline. The timeline from the original series and this timeline run alongside each other. In many ways, Cumberbatch is the perfect person to take on the role of Khan as he possesses the ability to project extraordinary, almost otherworldly, intelligence and is somewhat physically imposing.

Another important thing to take into consideration when thinking of Cumberbatch as Khan is that the idea of a genetically engineered superman is that our idea, as a society, of what that superman is has changed. We no longer view a superman as having the same physical appearance of Ricardo Montalban, although we all still love him in the role. A superman today would probably appear physically strong as well as brainy, two things Cumberbatch possesses in great quantity.
TheAbomination - 4/3/2013, 6:33 AM
Knew it.
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