Cumberbatch shares tantalizing details about his Star Trek 2 villain

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

John Harrison. That's apparently the name of Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek Into Darkness big baddie. After months of speculation (Khan, not Khan, Gary Mitchell, not Mitchell), the name feels a little flat. But Cumby—as he's lovingly called by his fans—had some very tantalizing things to say about his character.

Talking to MTV, Cumberbatch said about "John Harrison" (if that's even his real name) that:

"He's a terrorist; he operates as a terrorist. He has extraordinary physical powers, but also mental powers. He can sow an idea, which is as powerful as gunshots or close-hand combat, which he's masterful in. He tears into the fabric of both the world and the Enterprise family, and he leaves behind him a trail of devastation. It's quite exciting to watch."

Okay, that still sounds to us an awful lot like the Gary Mitchell character from Star Trek: The Original Series ... but moving on.

Saying that his character isn't "a cookie-cutter villain," he does admit that it gets personal.

"Giving away the full motivation would ruin it, but it's personal. It's also political, I think. He's somebody who, at some point in the film, you should feel a certain amount of empathy towards his cause, if not his means. ... There's no two-dimensional obstacle he presents purely and simply by the fact that he's opposing our hero"

Then the Sherlock actor teased:

"He has an interesting relationship with Kirk, and with Spock in a way. He very much plays them off against each other. There's an element of shadow to him and Kirk."

Are you guys looking forward to see how this "interesting relationship with Kirk and Spock" will play?

Star Trek Into Darkness will warp into theaters on May 17, 2013.

(via MTV)

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