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Abrams & Cumberbatch Talk Star Trek Into Darkness Villain Details & RoboCop’s Role Revealed!

Dammit Jim!

Instead of using this space as an introduction, I’ll use it to say you won’t be getting Benedict Cumberbatch character spoilers here but you will find out who Peter Weller will be playing in the film. Got it? Good. Let’s go. 

J.J. Abrams and Cumberbatch spoke with Total Film recently about the villains in the current Star Trek films.

“[Nero] was just a raging, vengeful lunatic,” said Abrams. “All he wanted to do was destroy Vulcan, Earth and the Federation…He had backstory but was kind of irrational. The beauty of Benedict’s is that he’s completely rational. He’s someone that you can have conversations with. You couldn’t sit down and talk to Nero – he’d bite your head off!”

As far as his part in it, Cumberbatch had this to say, “I did a lot of close combat training. He’s a kick-ass warrior, as masterful with his hands and body as he is with weapons…You will have a great discovery during this film, which I think is great…[My costumes] look great. Some of them were (no pun intended) cumbersome and heavy, but some were very snug; you can almost see what religion I am…”

Well that’s…I…I’m sorry, was someone talking?

Although we’re still questioning Cumberbatch’s role, Weller, of RoboCop fame, has had this role undercover for a while as well. [Character name spoilers to follow] According to, the actor will be playing Admiral Marcus, presumably the father of Alice Eve’s Dr. Carol Marcus.

(via Blastr, Collider, Comic Book Movie)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."