Paramount Pictures has released a new photo from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, with Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, and Benedict Cumberbatch as…
No, I won’t tell you the name he was given here, but if you check out the link above, you’ll find it out. There’s no spoiler… the name isn’t one belonging to a recognizable character from TREK. Which is interesting, in that previously the writing team said that the villain was one from TREK canon. Meaning that they were lying, and the name is just a red herring? Or… Cumberbatch isn’t actually playing the villain? After all, they still haven’t shown Peter Weller in any promotional material, so maybe HE’S actually playing the (recognizable) villain, and BC is just a red herring? (Gee, there are a lot of scarlet fish involved with this movie!) Or… is there maybe another possibility?
My lady-friend Steph had a theory that I thought might have some meat to it… what if the villain is actually not BC’s character, but some sort of mind-controlling entity? Lord knows that TREK has plenty of those running around! So the “villain” may be more than one character! Possibilities there include (just off the top of my head) Gary Mitchell, Redjac, Trelane, or any of the other god-like aliens that have populated TREK over the years. So there’s that, too.
So, what do YOU think? Any ideas?
EDIT: I’ve added more news in the comments. Warning… SPOILERS!