It’s no exaggeration to say that the ongoing rumor mill surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness has been a master class in making mountains out of molehills. With J.J. Abrams and company working hard to keep a lid on the secrets and storyline of the sequel, everybody on the internet has spent months picking over every little tidbit of information leaked or mentioned or hinted at. Well, brace yourself, people, because here comes another molehill.
While speaking to MTV on the red carpet at the Golden Globes last night, actor Benedict Cumberbatch joked that we’ve only seen one side of John Harrison, his Into Darkness villain: namely, he has an aversion to volume. “I only whisper for the whole movie. It’s very quiet in space. You can talk at very, very low decibels and people hear you.”
Wait a minute, what was that? Do I see another molehill on the horizon? Well, I figure it’s only a matter of time until somebody points out that his line, “It’s very quiet in space,” echoes Khan’s “cold in space” line from The Wrath of Khan. Accident of wording or code to attentive fans that he’s secretly playing a new version of Khan after all? Honestly, I can’t even keep up with it anymore. From now on I will consider every Star Trek Into Darkness rumor to be equally true. Viva veritas!
Cumberbatch did provide one concrete hint from the film, a single line of Harrison’s dialogue. Don’t get too excited; it’s just “I can help you.” And actually I’m pretty sure we already knew that from the nine-minute IMAX preview.
If you’re still craving more Into Darkness minutia to pour over, Cumberbatch also silently mouths something that he claims was Harrison’s true identity. Somebody bring in the lip-readers.