Apparently, along with the image, Paramount also revealed a caption, which seemingly revealed the identity of Cumberbatch's villain.
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.
It's thought that the John Harrison mentioned could be the Harrison from the original Star Trek television show.
Harrison was a technician featured in many episodes as a supporting character who eventually went on to become a Lieutenant. Nothing much from his bio really seems to be in line with what we've seen or heard from Cumberbatch's character, other than perhaps the Omicron spore incident. The spores infected the crew of the Enterprise causing them to beam down to a planet where the spores thrive on a type of radiation. They gave the infected a "peace of mind," telepathic abilities and the ability to restore health -- something Cumberbatch teased in the IMAX footage.
The above image also features the following on Cumberbatch's right arm. Perhaps he is not in the brig, but some form of isolation chamber?
It could be that this new image and information is just another red herring from J.J. Abrams, to give us - at last count - a fourth possible identity for Benedict Cumberbatch to go along with Khan, Gary Mitchell and Garth of Izar.
Harrison was also involved in the Khan episode "Space Seed," which this could be some sort of Easter Egg/reference.
It's still anybody's guess.
Star Trek Into Darkness has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Benedict Cumberbatch as an unnamed villain.
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