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Paramount Gives Cumberbatch A Name

Or just another tease to elicit more 'Star Trek' sequel speculation?

This story may contain spoilers.

Previously, we provided a first-look at the "Star Trek Into Darkness" trailer in our article. The teaser gave audiences a peek at the Federation cityscape and the much-talked about villian, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. His voice was the only one heard throughout the audio clip alongside Michael Giacchino's epic soundtrack.

The entire piece set the mood for the next installment as an intense, action-packed thriller with darker themes. For those who viewed the Japanese trailer, you saw two hands pressed against the glass. This image was reminiscent of "The Wrath of Khan" and sent the internet into a tailspin of speculation (as if there hasn't been enough already).

However, the new photo released by Paramount Pictures earlier today may answer one question while igniting 10 more. We can confirm the image was not the infamous scene featuring Kirk and Spock. Here is the official Paramount caption accompanying the photo:

(Left to right) Zachary Quinto is Spock, Benedict Cumberbatch is John Harrison and Chris Pine is Kirk in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Who is John Harrison and what is the pixelated block on his right arm? An Easter egg from J.J. Abrams? Is this just a smoke screen for the real character? How do you feel about this new revelation? Are you happy or disappointed about the possibility of a new villian? Does this make you want to scream "Khannn"? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Also, audiences will soon get a more classic 'Trek' imagery during the full nine-minute IMAX preview showing later this week before "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" on Dec. 14. Check the official site to see where you can watch the preview. In the footage, we get our first glimpse at Noel Clarke being confronted by Benedict Cumberbatch in London. Likewise, you'll see more of what Abrams teased on the Conan O’Brien show.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" arrives in theaters on May 17, 2013.

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