Star Trek Into Darkness character rumour

News Simon Brew 8 Feb 2013 - 08:38

Seriously: don’t read this if you want to see Star Trek Into Darkness unspoilt

Potentially big spoilers lie within. Huge ones.

Sadly, despite the spoiler warning at the top of this article, there’s a sporting chance that headlines from some news outlets may already have alerted you to what we’re going to talk about. We’re not trying to get on our high horse here, but it’s a real problem when blatant potential spoilers are written directly into the headlines of articles so that you can’t ignore them.

One request: if we ever do this, please alert us. We desperately try to label key spoilers, and you have permission to take our coffee off us if we slip up.

Star Trek Into Darkness then. This rumour somewhat inevitably confirms the real identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in the film, which for some time has been rumoured to be more than just John Harrison.

Well, Entertainment Weekly’s website just seemed to indicate – in a since-adjusted post – that Cumberbatch is indeed set to play Khan in the movie. On its back issues store, as spotted by Comic Book Movie, its Star Trek issue was accompanied by the headline “Voyage into the new Star Trek Kirk & Khan”. Accidental slip, or do they know something we don't?

While lots of indicators have pointed to Cumberbatch playing Khan in the film, it does remain unconfirmed. And as Trek Movie pointed out, the actual article that said headline was referring to called the Khan rumours “unconfirmed”.

If you were asking us to bet (our standard stake: three very good biscuits) then our cookies would be on the Khan story being true. But whether it is or isn’t, it does raise some issues worth talking about, regarding spoilers in headlines.

Comic Book Movie.
Trek Movie.

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