It was recently revealed that the name of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness is John Harrison. We still don't know that much about him, but in a recent interview with MTV director J.J. Abrams talked about the character's attributes, calling him "frightening and cool," and what makes him a good villain. When asked about the character here's what Abrams had to say,
Rather than answer anything that would give away anything fun from the movie… the character that Benedict plays... he brings such an incredible power. His voice alone is unbelievable. He brings a force to it that when I think you see the movie hopefully this character, all speculation aside, will be really compelling. Not because of any connection to anything past, but because of who he is and what he brings to it.
Not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret… all of that is what I think makes him such a frightening and cool villain. But also, you know, a real villain that are not just two dimensional angry vengeful types don't see themselves as the bad guy. They are the good guy, they've got complete rational and motivation. So I think true to form, the character Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he's certainly on the right side.
The director talks more about the film in general which you can watch in the interview embedded below. To me it looks like Cumberbatch's villain is a mix of several different characters that we've seen in the Star Trek series. Abrams isn't really giving anything away though, so we'll just have to wait and see. All I know is that I have no doubt that Cumberbatch is going to be amazing in the part!
Do you have any theories on Star Trek's new villain?