Wanna Know Who The New Star Trek Into Darkness Villain Is, Ya’ll?

Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness 2013Well, I really have to hand it to J.J. Abrams and the entire cast and crew of Star Trek Into Darkness, because they were able to keep the real name of their villain quiet almost up until the release date of the film. I just looked in our archive and the first post I ever wrote about this sequel to the 2009 film was back in December of 2012, and I was already speculating openly about who the villain is. We always knew he was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and after a while they even gave him a name — John Harrison — but they were meticulous about no details getting out about who that person really was.

Speculation on the internet has always been highest between two characters: Gary Mitchell, who was a shipmate of Kirk’s who developed a god complex and tried to take over the ship…or Khan Noonien Singh, one of the most memorable Star Trek villains of all time, famously played by Ricardo Montalban back in 1967 and 1982. I personally went back and forth between assuming it was Gary Mitchell because the Khan storyline is more iconic, to assuming it was Khan because he’s such an iconic character. I think that by the end I was leaning more toward Khan, but that’s the beauty of this strategy — nobody knew, so the internet was full of speculation and free press for the movie, day after day. We knew there were Klingons in the movie and that it was designed specifically by J.J. to make us cry, but we had no idea who John Harrison was. Until now.

Okay so here’s the thing, though. It’s not like something leaked out from the production team or something; it’s just that people have started to actually see the movie, so this isn’t just hearsay. Aka this is a major spoiler alert, so if you’re not interested in knowing who the villain is until you see the movie, quit reading now and break all your electronic equipment, because it’s gonna be hard to avoid until May 17th. Are you still reading? Okayyyyy. I’m taking that as tacit agreement that you want to know that the villain is reportedly…

KHAN. Khaaaaaaaaannnnn!

Booya, mother-effers, I just got so excited to see this shit.

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    • Jill O’Rourke

      Ahh I actually know who that is! So this is very exciting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shannon-Nutt/642637351 Shannon Nutt

      Worst kept secret in movie history. Everyone knew it was Khan, the only reason they hid it for so long is so they wouldn’t have to admit they were ripping off Star Trek II with an actor that didn’t fit the nationality of the original character.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Was it really the worst kept secret? I feel like Adam Sandler has kept worse secrets…like why he continues to make movies.

    • Tommybou

      This blows why is a English guy playing khan…a pasty white Englishman playing khan…. I am sure he plays the character well. However we want some continuity not some dude that makes frosty look black.

    • http://twitter.com/onapedalstool I’m the real

      Personally, Gary Mitchell is a hell of a lot more interesting and less well-known (which ups the interesting factor imho) than Khan. I’m pretty disappointed. JJ Abrams is better than that.

    • chumchum

      DAMN IT! I was hoping it was going to be Spock’s brother. :/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005510074096 James John

      Sucks. We want a big powerful Indian dude, not some skinny English fella.

      Thx JJ for ruining Khan. U really SUCK.

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    • Brad

      He was good, but they should have made him his own villain. By using Nimoy they already are making a direct link to the original cast. No you can’t recast Maltobahn obviously, but you have to respect who the character is. By making him a blue-eyed white dude, it’s not Khan. They could have made him one of Khan’s lieutenants who was thawed, and the teaser is Khan could be emerging in a later sequel. The story stays the same with a good actor playing a solid villain without crapping on the cannon. I think they were so desperate to keep his identity a secret that they cast someone no one would suspect would be playing Khan. Too much of a reach. They let the need for secrecy become bigger than doing it right. It should have been an Indian or Latin actor. There are options out there. We’re to believe this Khan is the same one that would torment Kirk years later? And don’t give me the timeline changed argument. The change in destiny doesn’t change people’s race. Different race, different look (angelic vs. rugged), different accent… it’s not Khan.

    • Brad

      He was good, but they should have made him his own villain. By using Nimoy they already are making a direct link to the original cast. No you can’t recast Maltobahn obviously, but you have to respect who the character is. By making him a blue-eyed white dude, it’s not Khan. They could have made him one of Khan’s lieutenants who was thawed, and the teaser is Khan could be emerging in a later sequel. The story stays the same with a good actor playing a solid villain without crapping on the cannon. I think they were so desperate to keep his identity a secret that they cast someone no one would suspect would be playing Khan. Too much of a reach. They let the need for secrecy become bigger than doing it right. It should have been an Indian or Latin actor. There are options out there. We’re to believe this Khan is the same one that would torment Kirk years later? And don’t give me the timeline changed argument. The change in destiny doesn’t change people’s race. Different race, different look (angelic vs. rugged), different accent… it’s not Khan.