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The cast and crew of Star Trek Into Darkness have done an incredible job keeping the villain that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a secret, that is until now. Entertainment Weekly may very well have spoiled the surprise with a headline on their webpage which has revealed his character (spoilers ahead).

Despite Benedict Cumberbatch repeatedly denying that he is playing the well known villain, a new Entertainment Weekly webpage headline has revealed that the actor may not be playing John Harrison as has been reported, but will instead be playing Khan. Click on the image below to check it out in full size, which is a screenshot taken directly from the website to see the character reveal:

Star Trek Into Darkness Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan

If you go to the webpage itself, a keen eye will also net you a glimpse of the URL which clearly states “Kirk and Khan” as well. Now, this could simply be a mix up over at EW, but we have a feeling that considering they’ve had exclusives with the cast and crew recently and Star Trek Into Darkness actors Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch are featured on their current issue, they most likely slipped up and revealed what villain we were all honestly hoping to see in the Star Trek sequel.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the character, Khan Noonien Singh is a fictional villain in the American Star Trek science fiction franchise, who was portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán. The character first appeared in the episode “Space Seed” (1967), a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, and would reappear as an antagonist in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17, 2013.

Update: EW has now updated their headline from Kirk & Khan to Kirk & Spock. This could mean they originally made a mistake with their headline, or it could mean that the studio noticed the flub and asked them to fix the headline immediately. Notice though that the URL still has Khan within the link. We’ll update you if new information is released.

Update 2: EW has now updated their headline and removed the character names entirely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503873510 Caroline Hammer

    As far as I remember, it’s been revealed in a sneak peak that Benedict is playing another character (cannot remember the name right now, but I’m sure it’s out there on the internet someplace). People were speculating that he was playing Khan, but as far as I know, that’s it. So I’m guessing EW might have made a bit of a mistake on that one.

    • Liderc

      If you read the article, it said that it’s been reported he’s playing John Harrison, but it’s most likely a cover up for who he’s really playing.

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    I had no doubt that they were pulling a Kansas City Shuffle on us this entire time. He learned from the best troll of them all aka Steven Moffat. Will not be surprised one iota if he turns out to be Khan.

    • lego5ker

      gotta love the Kansas City shuffle, but that maybe cuz i’m from KC

  • James Freud

    Lol they’ve rewritten the headline to say KIRK & SPOCK now :D

  • Alex Anderlik

    This ISN’T really confirmation!
    The images originally sent to EW had the names “Cumberbatch_Pine” and, considering the article was edited shortly afterwards, I think it’s more than likely that this was a mistake by an over-zealous editor.

    Here’s an explanation:

    • Liderc

      Do you work for that website? seems like you wrote exactly what they wrote in their article which came out like hours after this article came out heh.

      “over-zealous editor” seems like a unique way of describing someone, exactly like the author of that article on the other site.

      • Alex Anderlik

        No, I’m just lazy. :P

  • Anna S.


    That is all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515348470 Stephanie Godfrey

    I think it might be a mistake. They have done a great job keeping his identity a secret that I doubt they would slip up now.

  • http://twitter.com/Mih0 Mih0

    Please, someone let it slip already! How long can I keep sitting on KHAAAAAAAMBERBATCH!!!!! #TheGameIsOn

  • Ana

    I’d eat my socks if Benedict is not Khan. With this huge hype, it’ll be a big let down if he’s just a big baddie named John Harrison who turned up out of the blue.

    Oh and that pic of Cummberbatch in the EW cover? yummy

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Monkman/502331043 Robert Monkman

      Here is the problem with fandom!! The studio isn’t hyping Khan, the fans are and if it isn’t they’ll feel let down despite never having been told it. Tbh, I wouldn’t be suprised if the person who put the webpage together had any sort of privy knowledge of it being fact.

  • Chuck

    I don’t believe any of this is true. Why would the brand new issue be listed as a back issue? I think someone’s been getting a little creative with Photoshop because there’s nothing in the magazine itself to support any of this.

  • Betsy

    There’s no way. It has to be Gary Mitchell.

    • http://twitter.com/walshcaitlin Caitlin Walsh

      I wish. They even have Eve with a Dehner look… but she’s playing Carol Marcus.

  • Guest

    star trek into daRNESS THIS MAY 17 2013

  • Alyssamz

    Great Catch!

  • Cumberho

    Benedict got beefy. I approve. <3

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