|Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Spock (Zachary Quinto), Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), Kirk (Chris Pine)|
If you saw Star Trek Into Darkness then you remember the line, "my name...is Khan." That was either a huge surprise or confirmation of what you already believed.
J.J. Abrams wanted it to be a huge surprise, but the studio and cast accidentally dropped dozens of hints that the villain is Khan.
In hindsight they're pretty obvious. But, for those interested in a recap, here's a list of all the clues to the identity of the Star Trek into Darkness villain you may have missed.
By the way, SPOILER WARNING!
1. Star Trek (2009) Post Credits SceneIn the Star Trek (2009) DVD commentary writer Damon Lindelof that they were planning to have a post-credits scene showing Khan's sleeper ship, the SS Botany Bay.
2. Roberto Orci Said they Were Thinking About Khan
Back when they were developing the script, producer Robert Orci said, "Starting at a premise of what you want to see and then working a story around it is not how we do it. You have to start with what is the right story. And that if you can say 'That's a story that Khan fits into,' that's how you get to that. Not deciding on a menu list of items and then seeing if you can't string them all together."
So, we know they were thinking about Khan going in.
3. Abrams Said It Would Be "Ridiculous" Not to Use Khan
The fun of this [new alternate 'Trek' reality] is that the destiny of these characters is in their hands — it's not constrained by the pre-existing films or TV series," the "Lost" mastermind explained. "Believe me, whether it's William Shatner or Khan ... it would be ridiculous to not be open to those ideas."
4. Benecio Del Toro is Latin
They were planning to cast Benecio Del Toro as the villain for the Star Trek sequel. Benecio Del Toro is Latin. Ricardo Montalban is Latin (I got flack for using the term Hispanic before).
There's nothing that said Khan HAD to be Latin, but he's the only major Latin character on Star Trek.
5. Edgar Ramirez is Latin
Edgar Ramirez is the second name on the list of rumored actor's auditioning for the role. He's Latin.
6. Jordi Molla is Latin
Jordi Molla is the third name on the list of rumored actor's auditioned for the role. He's Latin. Is it a coincidence that three of the rumored actors had the same ethnicity?
7. TrekMovie Said it's Khan
TrekMovie says the villain is Khan.
8. Ain't It Cool News Said it's Khan
The site had some behind-the-scenes tips and added, "Cumberbatch = Khan."
9. Latino Review Said it's Khan
Latino Review said, about the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, "Benicio Del Toro is playing none other than... KHAN NOONIEN SINGH or better known as... KHAN!!!"
Everyone trusts Latino Review. Everyone likes Latino Review. So why did everyone dismiss the "rumor?"
10. J.J. Abrams Said the Villain's Not Khan
When asked directly if Cumberbatch was playing Khan Abrams said, "Not true." So everyone dismissed Latino Review's rumor. Everyone trusts J.J. Abrams not to lie. Except they forget one thing....
11. J.J. Abrams Lies
While working on Lost, Abrams lied all the time. The biggest lie was that the island in't purgatory and the cast isn't dead.
He said at the Paley festival in 2006, "Well [the theory] that I like, and the one that everyone was talking about a while to me, is the purgatory one, and though that's not what it is, it is such a great idea ... But that isn't literally what [the island] is."
Except it literally was what the island was...at least for the final season anyway.
12. Cumberbatch is a One Man Army
The first synopsis calls the villain "a one man weapon of mass destruction." Khan is a genetically-enhanced super soldier.
13. John Harrison
To throw people off the scent, the studio said Cumberbatch is John Harrison. It's not a complete lie since they do call him by that name at first. Except John Harrison happens to be a minor character on the original Star Trek series.
Guess which episode he was from? That's right: "Space Seed." The Star Trek: The Original Series episode that introduced Khan.
When Khan Noonien Singh tried to take over the ship, Harrison is one of the "Red Shirts" trapped on the bridge. He appeared in a few other episodes, but the fact that he was in an episode featuring Khan is a giveaway.
14. Simon Pegg Says it's Not Khan
Simon Pegg, while doing an interview for A Fantastic Fear of Everything, debunks the Khan "rumors." "'It’s not Khan,' replies Pegg, annoyed. 'That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not.'" Of course, everyone believes him since he's a highly-paid actor.
But everyone forgets...
15. Simon Pegg Lies
Back when he was promoting his film Paul he tweeted that he was abducted by aliens. He said he was going to investigate something strange in the attic and disappeared for two days.
Recently, after he found out fans voted Star Trek Into Darkness the worst Star Trek film, he told fans "F*** you."
Then, he backtracked by saying, "Can I just please point out, following a few recent headlines of 'Simon Pegg says 'f–k you' to Star Trek fans,' I was doorstepped by a journalist very early in the morning who told me that Into Darkness had been voted the worst in a poll or something."
The reporter in question, Huffington Post's Mike Ryan, responded by saying, "'doorstep' equals a scheduled interview at the Waldorf Astoria and 'early in the morning' equals 3:45 p.m."
So, there's another lie.
16. The Villain is "Someone Familiar"
In an article for Variety, they say the Cumberbatch is playing "someone familiar to Trekkies." Which rules out the statements made by the cast that Cumberbatch is playing someone new.
17. Khan's Family
In one of the trailers Khan says, "Is there anything you would not do for your family?" Khan always treated his Eugenics brethren as family.
18. Robert Orci doesn't Deny Khan
In an interview, Robert Orci denies several villains fans guessed would be the Star Trek 2 villain. He denies Gary Mitchell, Charlie X, Ruk, Janice Rand and The Borg.
The one name he DOESN'T deny is Khan.
19. Kirk's Hand on Glass
In the Japanese Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, one shot shows Spock and Kirk with their hands overlapping against the glass. This is a reference to Spock's death scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
20. Zachary Quinto says Khan
During an interview, actors Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine are asked to contrast the villain from Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Pine says "John" brings Kirk to his knees within the first fifteen minutes of the movie. Quinto starts talking about Nero and accidentally says, "Khan."
21. Star Trek II Voiceover
Trekmovie pointed out, the original Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan trailer contains a voice over which starts "Beyond the darkness, beyond the human evolution...is Khan."
The title of Star Trek 2 has a reference to darkness.
22. "Beyond the Darkness" Wrath of Khan Trailer Quote
One of the title cards uses the phrase "Beyond the darkness lies greatness" which opens with a quote from the trailer noted above.
23. Cryo-Stasis Chambers
One of the trailers shows cylindrical chambers that look like cryogenic pods. Khan and the other supermen are found in the S.S. Botany Bay frozen in cryogenic chambers.
24. The Chambers Have Windows Some doubt that they're cryochambers, except they have windows and frost on the glass.
25. Cumberbatch has Superhuman Strength
In one trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness we see Cumberbatch do a superhuman jump onto the Klingons. Khan is a genetically-enhanced superman.
26. Cumberbatch Does a Superhuman Jump
In one trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness we see Cumberbatch do a superhuman jump onto a platform. Khan is a genetically-enhanced superman.
27. Cumberbatch Runs Through Glass
In one trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness we see Cumberbatch run through a pane of glass without being harmed. Khan is a genetically-enhanced superman.
28. Cumberbatch has Superhuman Speed
In one trailer, Cumberbatch races through the city at inhuman speeds. Khan is a genetically-enhanced superman.
29. Dr. Carol Marcus
Its revealed Alice Eve is playing a character named Carol Marcus. Carol Marcus is Kirk's "Baby momma" in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
30. Spock's "Needs of the Many" Quote
One of the first clips from Star Trek Into Darkness shows Spock in the volcano and he says, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" This is a quote from Wrath of Khan.
What do you think? Should it have been a surprise that Benedict Cumberbatch plays Khan? Were you surprised? When did you first realize the Star Trek Into Darkness villain is Khan?
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