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Entertainment Weekly Outs Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek: Into Darkness Teaser Trailer

The rumours have been circulating since photos were leaked from the set of Star Trek Into Darkness. Benedict Cumberbatch will be portraying the cult Star Trek icon Khan in the movie.

Pretty much everyone attached to the movie has aggressively denied it ever since, but now it seems Entertainment Weekly have blown the whole debate wide open again.

Smoke and Mirrors

Star Trek Into Darkness looks like it’s going to be an awesome movie. The set pictures and the trailers paint the movie as a great sci-fi romp which could equal the first.

But that’s not what the majority of people are talking about. The majority of people are wondering just which villain Benedict Cumberbatch will portray in the sequel.

As I mentioned above, ever since the first set pictures were released it has been heavily rumoured that the villain will actually be Khan despite J.J. Abrams aggressive denials.

The controversy died down (a little) and Cumberbatch’s mystery character was further speculated on by internet geeks such as myself and reputable movie journalists alike. Name’s such as the Gary Mitchell character from the original Star Trek series and John Harrison were banded around.

It seems the hype and promotion for the movie is handling itself, just on the back of fanboy speculation – could this be what the director and studio execs wanted all along? To spin the hype? To accelerate the word of mouth? I don’t doubt it for a second. It’s actually a genius play I have to applaud.

Back in December 2012, all signs pointed back to Kahn again following the release of a new batch of international trailers, one of which depicted what eagle-eyed geeks perceived to be as the touching Spock’s death scene at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Still, this wasn’t exactly definitive and post-speculation Cumberbatch continued to deny the fact he would be Khan.

It seems another tantalising sign that Cumberbatch will be portraying Khan has come to light, all thanks to Entertainment Weekly. In their store front for the February 15th issue of their magazine, which features the movie on the front cover, they name Cumberbatch as Khan directly under the title “Voyage Into the New Star Trek Kirk & Khan”. The cover has Cumberbatch at the forefront of the cover and Chris Pine standing right behind him. There can be no mistake what they mean.

However, it seems Entertainment Weekly have quickly reacted to the startling revelation and have already removed all signs of Khan.

Was it a genuine factual mistake on the part of the webmaster or content writers? Or just further smoke and mirrors perpetuating the hype for the movie?

Also, you might be wondering if they have removed all traces of Khan from the webpage, how can you be sure I’m not simply making all of this up?

Check out the proof below.

EW weekly outs Benedict Cumberbatch as khan

Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17, 2013.

What do you think?

The actors and director have been denying Khan’s involvement for so long now I’m not sure what to believe. Was Cumberbatch obviously Khan from the outset but J.J. Abrams what the character to covered in a veil of mystery he simply denied it and ordered the actors to do the same? Has he used this speculation to his advantage in order to further propel the hype for the movie into every geeks hearts and minds? Will Cumberbatch portray Khan?

Let me know what you think in the comments below – it’d be awesome to hear your opinion.

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