These Stunning New 'Star Trek' Stills Have Us Convinced Khan Is The Villain

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From the first time we saw the initial “Star Trek Into Darkness” teaser, we were convinced Khan was the antagonist.We were so excited, we nearly referred to Benedict Cumberbatch’s character as such before realising there was no confirmation as to the villain’s actual identity.

So, when initial reports “revealing” his character as John Harrison (who?) came out, we cried bluff along with all the other Trekkie diehards

We know Cumberbatch have all but sworn on the bible that his character is no more than some unknown character to the “Star Trek” universe.

However, all evidence has been telling us otherwise.

1. Filmmakers have led us astray beforehand when attempting to hide big villain reveals (“The Dark Knight Rises”). And, director J.J. Abrams is notorious for keeping a tight lid on all of his projects from “Lost” to “Cloverfield” and “Super 8.”

2. The IMDB listing

IMDBpro (and now, IMDB) lists him rumoured as Khan. The site hasn’t steered us wrong yet. It’s initially why we believed – and held onto the belief – that Marion Cotillard’s Miranda Tate in “The Dark Knight Rises” was nothing more than a cover-up for her reveal as Talia Al Ghul.

3. Costar Zachary Quinto may have slipped up when he mistakenly mentioned Khan’s name in a recent interview.

4. The latest evidence that has us convinced? Alice Eve’s character of Dr. Carol Marcus first appearance in the “Star Trek” universe was in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of … Khan“! 

Yesterday, Paramount released high-resolution images for the film including a lot of photos of Cumberbatch’s mystery villain. 

(If they look slightly familiar, it’s because they are also running in Empire.)

The images don’t do much for plot reveal. 

However, if you pair them with the plot synopsis revealed in November, the story starts to clear up and helps make the argument for a parallel to “Wrath of Khan” much more appealing. 

At the end of the day, we just can’t see any possible way that Cumberbatch is anyone else – and if he is, bravo Abrams. You got us.

James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) look like they've just received some troubling news.

It was revealed last month, Eve will be playing the role of Dr. Carol Marcus. If you're a Trekkie, you know that means that her character is the (spoiler) eventual mother to Kirk's son David.

Bonus points if you know that her character's first appearance in the 'Star Trek' universe was in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of ... Khan'!

And, it looks like Scotty (Simon Pegg) has received the bad news as well.

The above photo shows Kirk with Pike (Bruce Greenwood) -- who looks like he may be out of his wheelchair from the first film.

(Note: this photo was previously released when revealing Cumberbatch's character as the virtually unknown 'John Harrison' and is not one of the new 11.)

... which leads to some hostility all around.

If you know anything about Khan, you know that he was originally brought back to life upon the USS Enterprise and after attempting to capture the ship he gets exiled before coming back to exact revenge on Kirk.

We don't think this looks like he's being exiled right here. Instead, Harrison is probably able to make a quick escape which makes sense since ...

... to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

... love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, ...

The mention of 'sacrifices' brings Spock to mind as parallels between this and 'Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan' have emerged.

In the film, one of the big reveals is Spock's (spoiler) surprising death. And, from the volcano scene and the Japanese trailer, it's believed the new 'Star Trek' film may follow in its footsteps.

In the end, we know, someone gets the better of the villain. At least for a little while.

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