Star Trek Into Darkness haters can continue to hate, because the movie's director, , has just admitted that all that secrecy surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch's antagonistic Khan was maaaaaybe a little bit too much.
The identity of Cumberbatch's villain was thought to be Khan for ages before Star Trek Into Darkness was released, but Abrams always - annoyingly - denied it.
The truth is because it was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you've really got to know what 'Star Trek' is about to see this movie... That would have been limiting. I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it... The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront 'This is who it is.' It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that's what the thing was.
I'm not sure why he did it. Abrams knew before hand that the revelation that was Khan wouldn't have spoiled anything about the plot of the movie itself...complete misfire. Do you think this will change the way he approaches certain reveals for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens? Or is he just trying to cover his ass with the Star Trek Into Darkness fans?