Entertainment Weekly Thinks Benedict Cumberbatch is Playing Khan

In what is possibly the most innocuous spoiler of all time, Entertainment Weekly may have just accidentally revealed the real name of Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness villain. The latest issue of the magazine will feature two different covers: one with Kirk and Spock and another with… Kirk and Cumberbatch’s John-Harrison-but-also-maybe-Khan?

Like nearly everything concerning Star Trek Into Darkness, it is unclear if anything has actually been revealed, accidentally or not.

If you want to buy this issue of Entertainment Weekly directly, you can go to this site. Once there, you’re given two options. Either the cover with Spock and Kirk or… the cover with Kirk and Khan. Yep. Right there, in the “back issue” section of the magazine, EW is saying that’s the Kirk and Khan cover. Check out the screen shots below so you don’t think we’re being crazy.

Well that totally is Kirk and Spock

Well that totally is Kirk and Spock

Kirk and Khan?

Kirk and Khan?

Meanwhile, AICN is reporting they’ve seen the print issue of EW, which only refers to a rumor that John Harrison might also go under the name of Khan and doesn’t outright reveal Cumberbatch as Khan.

The real identity of Cumberbatch’s Trek character has been more elusive than Ahab’s white whale, and after all the Khan denial from J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, The White House and more, this seems like we might finally be at an end of this wacky quest. If this is the case, a lot of things start to make sense, based what we’ve seen in the trailers. 

Khan was exiled from Earth on The Botany Bay because he was a tyrant/terrorist. The Enterprise (or somebody) wakes him up on accident, and then he starts taking revenge on Earth. The most recent, “I’m better at everything” line from the Superbowl trailer just adds fuel to this theory. He’s better at everything because he’s a product of late 20th century genetic engineering! (The question now is: will he be limited to two-dimensional thinking?)


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