There’s no shortage of mysteries surrounding the much-anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness. Is Cumberbatch playing Khan? Gary Mitchell? Somebody else entirely? Is the “John Harrison” name genuine or just a misdirection? Will Kirk knock up Carol Marcus before the end credits roll? Is sending the Enterprise underwater more or less stupid than building it in an Iowa cornfield rather than in space? But there’s one mystery perhaps greater and more important than all of these questions put together. Namely: Who is this man and why is he smiling?
That sunglassed gentleman — spotted by the keen eyes at Trek Web — is lurking in the background of the recent Star Trek Into Darkness teaser, and two things are clear: 1) He’s up to something and, 2) That something is no good. Everybody else is reacting in horror at some unseen event offscreen, but not this cat. Oh no. He’s cool as a (space) cucumber. Is he some sinister ally of the CumberBastard, now gleefully admiring his terrible handiwork? Perhaps he’s a time traveler who’s zipped back to witness the events of the new movie. Maybe he’s the real villain!
Or maybe he’s just a semi-unprofessional background actor who hoped to turn himself into an Internet meme.
Mission accomplished, sir! You will now live in infamy alongside the creepy crotch-pointing kid from Back to the Future 3…