Published On: Tue, Mar 12th, 2013

Damon Lindelof discusses ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and Benedict Cumberbatch villain spoiler

Prometheus writer and Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof discussed on Tuesday the sequel to the 2009 reboot of the Trek franchise titled Star Trek Into Darkness and the mystery surrounding the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, John Harrison.

Damon Lindelof of the set of "Prometheus" with Michael Fassbender Photo/20th Century FOX

Damon Lindelof of the set of “Prometheus” with Michael Fassbender Photo/20th Century FOX

Speaking with Hero Complex, Lindelof directly addressed why the identity of the film’s villain has yet to be revealed.

“The audience needs to have the same experience that the crew is having. You’re Kirk, you’re Spock, you’re McCoy, so if they don’t know who the bad guy is going to be in the movie, then you shouldn’t know. It’s not just keeping the secret for secrecy’s sake. It’s not giving the audience information that the characters don’t have.”

Lindelof elaborated on the nature of spoilers and the eventual let-down that comes with knowing something too far in advance.

“[If I tell people who Cumberbatch plays, they know that they] would have a five-second rush of exhilaration followed by four months of being completely and totally bummed out that they can’t tell anybody else and that when it gets revealed in the movie, it will have been spoiled for them. That’s why they’re called ‘spoilers,’ they’re not called ‘awesomes.’”

Lindelof also talked a bit about how the theme of Into Darkness relates the first film, speaking to the film’s title.

“If the first movie was about meeting and introductions, this movie is about becoming a family. The title of the movie is not just about the mission that the Enterprise is going on but what happens when you get to know each other a little better and the hurdles you must jump over in order to truly become family.”

Check out the interview here

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

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