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Mobile App Delivers Two New Star Trek Into Darkness Images + EW Cover Controversy Update February 8, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

Today the Star Trek mobile app offered up a couple of brand new images from Star Trek Into Darkness. You can check them both out below. Plus we have an update on the Entertainment Weekly cover description controversy.   




App Delivers 2 New Star Trek Into Darkness Images

Today the Star Trek App had two new missions to scan the two Entertainment Weekly covers and as a reward delivered two new exclusive images. Check them out below. 

Official caption: "Capt. Kirk and Cdr. Spock"

Official caption: "Capt. Kirk and Harrison"

Note: It appears that not all apps have been updated with the "Find the EW Cover" missions, but Paramount tells TrekMovie all apps should be updated by the end of the day.

Today’s missions deliver new images

EW Magazine Cover Description Makes Big News

Yesterday TrekMovie reported on kerfuffle that erupted over the online description of one of the two Entertainment Weekly collectible covers. The "Khan" description that appeared (then dissapeared) from the EW site made big news across the web. In addition to the usual geek sites, the "Did EW Spoil Star Trek?" news even made it to mainstream and gossip sites Yahoo Movies, Atlantic Magazine and PerezHilton.

However, as TrekMovie reported, the actual copy from the article notes that discussion of Khan is just a rumor. And the actual issues came out today and as you can see below Cumberbatch’s character is described as "John Harrison." So it does appear that the the errant description was isolated to the EW Backorder store…not exactly the place where Paramount or EW would be breaking news. 

From actual EW magazine that arrived today



1. cpelc - February 8, 2013

Cumberbatch has very prominent spinal ridges.

2. Jenna - February 8, 2013

He doesn’t actually! Apparently Harrison does though…

3. Phil - February 8, 2013

Official caption: “Capt. Kirk and Harrison in the tanning booth”

4. cpelc - February 8, 2013

Also the “brig interrogation scene” must be one of the slower dialogue heavy scenes as they’ve used it for multiple promotional purposes without giving anything away.

5. sisko - February 8, 2013

Dude… A disguised Klingon a la Arne Darvin!


Time to start a new rumor!

6. Aurore - February 8, 2013


So, John ( “The Thing” ) Harrison has very prominent spinal ridges…

7. The Professor - February 8, 2013

What is that sphere between Kirk’s and Harrison’s heads?
Is that some new mind meld device?

8. cpelc - February 8, 2013

7 – looks to be an examination light similar to one you’d see in a dentist’s office. The walls appear to be blue so it is likely the scene is taking place in sickbay.

9. Gary S. - February 8, 2013

6. 3 spinal ridges at the top.
But they appear to stop at that point .
Could be implants or a prostethic of some kind .

10. KD - February 8, 2013

I watched Space Seed last night and I think John Harrison is one of the “tryants”, like Khan, that was put into a sleep chamber, but his was left on earth. He awakes, takes on an identity, learns the technology and tries to take over the planet. I was surprised to go back to this 1967 episode and how enjoyable it was to watch. Khan was “better” at everything than mere humans were. Perhaps John Harrison sets off with a ship to find the Botany Bay and bring back it’s 100 super humans?
It’s worth it just go back and watch. It’s free in six or seven parts on YouTube. enjoy!

11. NuFan - February 8, 2013

Kirk looks cranky.

12. Aurore - February 8, 2013

“….Could be implants or a prostethic of some kind .”

‘Could be.

13. Al - February 8, 2013

Zip on his tunic is all

14. sscttj - February 8, 2013

absolutely KD that is what I have been saying and no one responds to it.. Kahn was found years after this time line there were a bunch of the tyrants or supermen thats who Harrison is going to be… NOT KAHN.Gary Mitchell, or anybody else from Canon…

15. NuFan - February 8, 2013

April wouldn’t use implants to control Khan. He’s holding Khan’s crew.

16. Aurore - February 8, 2013

“Zip on his tunic is all”

I see no “zip”.

But, I could be wrong.

17. TreK_Fan - February 8, 2013

Is it just me who notices this stuff but, why does Chris Pines part his hair in this movie on the right rather than the left as he did in the previous film? In Star Trek he had his hair parted on the right similar to Shatners. This subtle inconsistency drives me crazy. While I am on this trivial matter why wasn’t Karl Urban’s hair parted the same way as DeForest Kelley in either of these films? You would think actors and art art directors would try to bring some type of physical continuity to the way in which these characters look.

18. dmduncan - February 8, 2013

16. Aurore – February 8, 2013

“Zip on his tunic is all”

I see no “zip”.

But, I could be wrong.


You are right. No zip is apparent. However, it first struck me not as a zip but as the seam of his shirt where the material has rippled. I’ve seen that before. But then I don’t see a seam going all the way down, and we DO have to account for why Kirk would be chasing this guy to a KLINGON planet of all places.

Perhaps it’s time for Darvin’s Theory of Unnatural Selection? ;-)

19. Dr. Cheis - February 8, 2013

“…not exactly the place where Paramount or EW would be breaking news. ”

Unless the magazine originally revealed more but then they had to retract it, and forgot to do the back order page? *conspiracy theory music plays*

20. dmduncan - February 8, 2013

Yeah, I can see the seam on Harrison’s shirt going from the shoulder to the collar. I can see the seam of his collar. But I don’t see a seam down the middle of his back.

That looks like something under his shirt.

21. dmduncan - February 8, 2013

The plot thickens!

22. Trekker5 - February 8, 2013

Humm…the more I see,the more confused I become.

But these are cool pictures. :)

23. VanEdge - February 8, 2013

John rhymes with Khan.


24. dmduncan - February 8, 2013

I still think Peter Weller is playing Paxton. Again.

And give up expecting a straight-line plot with no turns.

I think this movie is going to be a club mix for the ages.

25. Chris Roberts - February 8, 2013

There was something I recall reading, somewhere about a production sketch for a prop being seen during some publicity press meeting or whatever. April’s Gatling Gun. Which I assumed meant the month it was required for filming.

Not that who BC is playing. For one thing, if the age of characters is consistent with original universe… Robert April would be senior to Kirk. Senior to Pike too. A contemporary of Lt. George Kirk and Capt. Robau of the U.S.S. Kelvin.

26. Craiger - February 8, 2013

Dmduncan they wont have any character from a Trek series that hardly anyone watched. JJ wants the general movie going audience not have seen any Trek for the sequel. I think JJ even said you don’t even have to see ST 2009 to see the sequel.

27. Chris Roberts - February 8, 2013

I’d love Weller to be playing Paxton again. But I doubt we’ll see that alien racialist fella again, now ENT is gone. Which is a pity, because there was a lot of addressing of social commentary in that character.

He’d be a hundred and fifty four if he were a day, by Kirk’s time!

28. Craiger - February 8, 2013

I know they had Admiral Archer and his prized beagle were mentioned in ST 2008 but to the general movie going audience he was just some Admiral that had a dog. Only Trek fans knew who they were.

29. The Observer - February 8, 2013

They’re just sweater bumps. I get those, too, and don’t consider myself deformed. Unless people are just too polite to tell me.

30. Craiger - February 8, 2013

Sorry I meant ST 2009.

31. Craiger - February 8, 2013

One thing I noticed in the reboot is they still have bloody scars left over and used bandages from fights and injuries. In the 23rd didn’t the have a device that heal those instantly or was that not until th3 24th Century that they had those?

32. Always wrong B4 - February 8, 2013

On previous photo one the security guards in red is looking at those ridges…I’m I right, this is my first attempt at the guessing game, sure hope i’m right…

33. rogerachong - February 8, 2013

Whom Gods Destroy They First Make Mad. Don’t get too crazy about the whole villain identity thing. (It is a fun game though) I say Garth himself or he had a shape shifting brother or family member out for revenge? It would be just like them to take a single episode villain and then do a retcon job on their origin. Notice they are also reviving the little known TAS character Capt. April also in the Countdown comics.

Did you guys notice that Kirk is wearing the black starfleet undershirt, only in the one scene where he is hanging on. What if that is really Benedict escaping his imprisonment on the Enterprise morphed into Kirk likeness? Do you also notice that only in some of the pics Kirk has a sort of gleam in his eyes and does not quite seem to be himself. That is when BC is masquerading as Kirk! BC is a shapeshifter just like Garth of Izar (or whereever)!! Any takers on that opening night bet when the movie comes out. That’s my final vote for the villian identity sweepstakes!

P.S. For now.

34. SW-ST-Stargate fan - February 8, 2013

@33 Shapeshifter gets my vote

35. Dennis Bailey - February 8, 2013

It’s Khan.

36. George - February 8, 2013

#7 It’s a lens flare machine!!

37. Salamander Has Spoken - February 8, 2013

Cumberbatch is a Klingon spy, who had his ridges modified and has infiltrated Star Fleet.

38. dmduncan - February 8, 2013

27. Chris Roberts – February 8, 2013

Yes, he would be old, but remember, he had his own genetic engineers, and Weller’s character in STID has been reported as being a CEO type, which fits Paxton. His character’s name also hasn’t been released yet.

Why is that???

Some think he’s playing Khan. No. All noise, no signal there.

Some think he’s playing April. A possibility. We know how April SHOULD look from the comics, so when we get our first screenshot of Weller in character we’ll have more to go on. For now, there’s a question mark over that one.

And what did Damon Lindelof contribute to this story?

He came off Prometheus, in which a supposedly dead but very old CEO named Weyland made an appearance.

Are we going to get some riffs from some of Damon’s other adventures in this movie?


In the beginning of Aliens, Ripley’s drifting ship (with her in suspended animation!) was discovered by a deep space salvage crew.

Does Paxton’s company discover the Botany Bay?

Do the Klingons discover the Botany Bay and strike a deal with Paxton’s company to infiltrate the Federation which they both hate?

Paxton was anti-alien, true, but “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

So Paxton could team up with the Klingons while simultaneously hating them, because he’s a neocon.

39. dmduncan - February 8, 2013

I could easily see Paxton having long policy discussions with William Kristol’s head in a liquid-filled jar.

40. Vultan - February 8, 2013


Wouldn’t he be a neo-neo-neo-neocon? ;-)

Neo… the same problem with “postmodern.”
What comes after it?!

41. dmduncan - February 8, 2013



A neopaleoneocon. But the word doth stumble clumsily from the mouth.

42. Jonboc - February 8, 2013

Hmm…the ridged Klingon foreheads were explained back in the days of The Motion Picture as being an extension of the spine. Interesting days ahead!

43. MJ - February 8, 2013

Those “spinal ridges” aren’t really pronounced enought for me to think Klingon. They probably just put them on his back to make him look more genetically engineered / superman-strong.

44. fwise3 - February 8, 2013

My app doesn’t have the new mission!?!? :.(

45. Harry Ballz - February 8, 2013

@41 dmduncan “neopaleoneocon”

Hey, what do you know, that’s my favorite ice cream!

46. Jason Isle - February 8, 2013

About the iOS App:

Does anyone know why the points aren’t awarded for entering the sweepstakes daily?

And what was the “Hourly Delta Badge Sweeps” that ran on Monday only?

I can’t find an email address or phone number to ask Paramount.

Can anyone else? Please?


47. Jack - February 9, 2013

46. There’s an address in the help section. It gives you a point the first time you do it and that’s it — not sure if it’s designed that way or if it’s a glitch… i assume its the former…

48. Aurore - February 9, 2013

dmduncan – February 8, 2013
16. Aurore – February 8, 2013
“Zip on his tunic is all”
I see no “zip”.
But, I could be wrong.
You are right. No zip is apparent etc…

When I typed my answer, I only added the “But, I could be wrong”, because you weren’t “around” yet to take a look at the picture…


So, it’s official then ; NO ZIP…is apparent.

Let the speculation continue, ladies and gentlemen!

49. Garth Faction - February 9, 2013

The “spinal ridges” could be some technology he has on him to heighten his body’s abilities, to make him more super-human and do things people see him doing..

50. NCC-73515 - February 9, 2013

Anthony or Bob, do you know anything about the future of the movie forum?
It’s been locked or hacked since a week and we are wondering if Paramount plans to open it up again or to close it completely… many people were still posting every day and we hope it will continue will all previous posts remaining ;)

51. Jonboc - February 9, 2013

Also, Cumberbatch being a Klingon doesn’t make sense since we’ve seen him fighting Klingons. Not sure what those spinal protrusions are.

52. Poor Mans Kirk - February 9, 2013

Has anyone heard the new esurance radio commercial? Just heard it five minutes ago here in NY on a local radio station. In the pitch , which is being supported by gang away two free tickets to Trek Into Darkness, they mention a Klingon Attack. Was it just a reference they thought most people would get or does it signal the fact that Harrison and the attack on Earth is at the hands of the Klingons.

53. Craiger - February 9, 2013

Instead of Cumberbatch being an Augment what if he just has cybernetic implants inside him that makes him super strong and intelligent and he is just John Harrison a Starfleet officer. What of Carol Marcus heads up a division of Starfleet that is doing those experiments? Didn’t they say Joseph Gatt’s character has cybernetic implants in him. Aren’t we starting to experiment with that stuff now?

54. I am not Herbert - February 9, 2013

Nu-Kirk’s sideburns are non-regulation… =(

yeah, part on wrong side too… but that’s probly what CP’s growth pattern is… no biggie… ;-)

55. DeShonn Steinblatt - February 9, 2013

More interested in what Anthony can tell us about The Hollywood Reporter than EW.

56. Red Dead Ryan - February 9, 2013


Maybe STID marks the beginning of the “Neopaleoneoconic Wars”?

57. KlingonMirkin - February 9, 2013

I’m telling you, Harrison is a modified “smooth forehead” Klingon taking over the Klingon Empire. I’ve got a script if you want to read it.

58. Bird of Prey - February 9, 2013

Totally CRAZY theory: Those spinal ridges are just wrinkles in Cumberbatch’s shirt! ;-)

59. T'Cal - February 9, 2013

Those aren’t back ridges; they’re the zipper in a stretchy material. He’s not Khan IMO. He is an Augment, though. How, we’ll find out. I’m excited too about Weller as a character. He’s fantastic.

60. CarolinaTrek - February 9, 2013

Am I crazy or do Kirk’s insignia and rank look gold rather than silver?

61. Aurore - February 9, 2013

“Totally CRAZY theory: Those spinal ridges are just wrinkles in Cumberbatch’s shirt! ;-)”

Those are not wrinkles.

Here are wrinkles ( in Mr. Cumberbatch’s shirt ) :

(10th image from the top. It is possible to enlarge it.)

….But….*AHEM*….I could be wrong……


62. dmduncan - February 9, 2013


That’s my cue!

You are not wrong. That’s literally the first thing I considered and rejected after studying the image.

63. dmduncan - February 9, 2013

In addition, if you look closely at the seam running diagonally from the shoulder to the collar you will actually see some seam wrinkles. The material on his back has no seam. The fabric is stretched taut over that area. What is producing the lumps is under the shirt. The most logical assumption is that it’s Harrison’s peculiar anatomy.

64. Craiger - February 9, 2013

What nerds we are discussing seems in Cumberbatch’s shirt and what they mean. LOL. :)

65. dmduncan - February 9, 2013


Yes, we are nerds. All kinds of nerds. Star Trek nerds. SF nerds. Democracy nerds. Conspiracy nerds. Human rights nerds. The only alternative to being a nerd is being a


66. Craiger - February 9, 2013

Sorry I misspelled seams.

67. Ahmed - February 9, 2013

@ 65. dmduncan – February 9, 2013
” 64
Yes, we are nerds. All kinds of nerds. Star Trek nerds. SF nerds. Democracy nerds. Conspiracy nerds. Human rights nerds. The only alternative to being a nerd is being a herd.”

Well said

68. Still tired - February 9, 2013

@26. The character of Robert April, from TAS, is already a part of this story, this is confirmed by April’s appearance in the new Countdown comic. Therefore your statement is wrong.

69. Garth Faction - February 9, 2013


Not necessarily. Many in the previous countdown (Data) didn’t get in the first movie

70. NCC-73515 - February 9, 2013

Is this the April Gaint Gun? XD

71. Jack - February 9, 2013

Maybe it’s just a really tight shirt and he has a slightly weirdo (not a medical term) spine?

Anybody else having trouble getting the app to scan than Kre-o image from

72. katie - February 9, 2013

#40 FYI, supre-modernity follows post-modernity, according to theorists like Auge.

73. katie - February 9, 2013

#40 See this as a basic starting point if you are interested in the topic:

74. Rose (as in Keachick) - February 9, 2013

#17 – I can’t say I’ve noticed, so I guess it doesn’t bother me. I think the discrepancy has to do with the fact that they are different actors, therefore have different heads and HAIR. Hair does not always grow evenly and tends to naturally fall where it wants – more or less. What might have been a natural parting for William Shatner and DeForest Kelley may not be the same for Chris Pine or Karl Urban. Trying to get hair to part where it does not normally fall can be a drag, a real time waster.

I actually think that Pine/Kirk looks better this time around than in the last movie. This time, I think that Chris went the whole hog and had his hair and eyebrows properly coloured with a light brown/blonde shade and it works. Last time his hair looked like it had blond highlights and they did not look that natural. Over 2012 the fair colour has slowly washed out and now we see Chris with his own natural darker brown hair.

#33 – Kirk is wearing the black undershirt in all the pictures that we have been shown. In the picture where he is hanging/climbing, he is not wearing the Starfleet uniform, just the black long sleeved undergarment. All the Starfleet members and crew shown are wearing the black undershirt.

75. Astronut - February 9, 2013

I Still think John Harrison is one of Kahn’s contemporaries… another genetically engineered human on the same ilk as Kahn.

76. captain_neill - February 9, 2013

I hope John Harrison is just John Harrison.

This rehash of Khan will just be inferior to Space Seed and Wrath of Khan.

I like that JJ Abrams has made Trek popular but I wish he had kept some of Trek’s integrity and heart along with the characters.

However from what I have heard he is adressing the issues I had problems with in the last film.

I mean how can the last film be considered one of the best Trek films when I think it is missing some of the heart of Trek.

77. Craiger - February 9, 2013

#76 – I like what JJ does and I liked ST 2009 but I am not sure he has made Trek popular again. Not sure how many new fans ST 2009 got but they aren’t exactly demanding a new Trek series or wondering why it took the sequel so long to get here.

78. captain_neill - February 9, 2013

I thought he did make it popular.

He certainly made a Trek that the mainstream are talking about. As a movie I like the new lease of life he gave it but I think some of the heart was sacrificed.

79. Craiger - February 9, 2013

I think maybe its the four years between the movies. I think any new fans Trek got by watching ST 2009 have forgotten their is a sequel. I wonder once the trailer really starts going on TV they would say oh they made another one?

80. Vultan - February 9, 2013


“The only alternative to being a nerd is being a herd.”

Now that would make a great T-shirt!
If someone hasn’t already made it….

81. Chris Roberts - February 9, 2013

@70. NCC-73515 – “Is this the April Gaint Gun? XD”

Could be!

Robert April’s massive weapon.

What’s with the bad 70s p0rn0 ‘tache though?

82. gilberto - February 9, 2013

I’ve told you. Khan appears briefly in the end, because he’ll be the ultimate villain in Star Trek Into Light. Harrison is a harold (Harrison = herald), preceeding Khan, an even more powerful being.

83. Michael - February 9, 2013


I believe we’re all still pretending we never saw that.

84. Ralph Pinheiro - February 9, 2013

post 81.

April´s Gun? Federation soldier or GATT2000? Gateway to cryo-chambers?

85. Giez - February 9, 2013

Twice I’ve posted the link to the photo of BC and the Red shirts and said, their eyes all look the same… augment Red Shirt army….

Yet my post has been DELETED twice in a day! Why??

86. Still tired - February 9, 2013

@85. Dunno, stupid idea filter maybe.

87. captain_neill - February 10, 2013

Although Abrams take on Trek is not as strong in my eyes as a lot of the stuff that came before, I do thank him for helping get Trek popular again. I just wished he didn’t sacrifice a lot of the heart.

And now that he has Star Wars I feel we wil need a new director for the next one, someone who gets what Star Trek is is a must. I just fear that because Mr Abrams now is working on Star Wars, that Star Trek is going to be become the equivalent of a jilted lover and Trekkies deserve more than that. Why wait 4 years when the 50th Anniversary is a great time for next release.

88. trekintodarknessprincess - February 10, 2013

That’s your opinion Captain Neill but I feel that there was a lot of heart in JJ Abrams Star Trek in my view.

89. captain_neill - February 10, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness is one of the films I am looking forward to this year the most.

I fuel my ranting having a preference for the prime universe. Yes I admit I prefer it but perhaps I am being too harsh to Abrams take because it is different.

I look at Battlestar Galactica and how wonderful the reboot was and how I got into the original as a result, even though I was very aware of the show. yet I know if I was a fan of the orginal from the early days I would have been more vocal like some BSG fans are.

I hope the new Trek movie is great.

90. D-Rock - February 10, 2013

The heart, the heart, the heart. Three posts on this topic saying the same thing. As well as numerous other posts. Not exactly sure what you’re exactly referring to with the heart, but the horse has been thoroughly beaten. Thank you.

91. Jackson Roykirk - February 10, 2013

Re: ‘The “Khan” description that appeared (then dissapeared) from the EW site made big news across the web.’

Harrison: “Yeah, Khan is my nickname. The kids at Star Fleet Academy called me Khan because my middle name is Genghis. I’m part Mongolian.”

92. Jackson Roykirk - February 10, 2013

@ captain_neill re: “I look at Battlestar Galactica and how wonderful the reboot was…”

Me too, but I only watched the last season or so. I didn’t really like the human-looking Cylons and their weepy, conflicted harmlessness. The show would have been better with stronger villains. You know, scary villains who are focused and who aren’t preoccupied by their own maudlin soap opera.

93. BatlethInTheGroin - February 10, 2013

#82: That doesn’t even make any sense.

94. Joshua Mitchell - February 10, 2013


I’m having trouble getting the app to scan the picture myself. I’ve tried several pictures at various sizes but nothing seems to take.

95. Lt. Daniels - February 10, 2013

I think Harrison is an android

96. eggbertman - February 10, 2013

i cant scan the kre-o toys part with the app can anyone help with how to scan that one

97. Jenna - February 11, 2013

I’ve heard of no one being able to scan the toys. Particular part of the image or something?

98. Gilberto - February 11, 2013

93 or BatlethInTheGroin
I’l explain the origin of Cumberbatch’s character’s name. Harrison means “Harold’s son”. Harry is a nickname for Harold. The origin of the name “Harold” is the word “herald”, which means “messenger”, or “the one who announces the coming of a god.”
Thus, Harrison is the one who preceeds Khan, announcing his arrival in the sequel: “Star Trek Into Light.”

99. Jack - February 11, 2013

96/97 — yeah, it’s not working at all. Glad to hear it’s not just me.

100. Crewman RedShirt - February 12, 2013

Gary Mitchell.

101. Moputo Jones - February 13, 2013

Feb. 13th and the two Image missions still aren’t working!

102. rubernck21 - February 19, 2013

Does anyone else have a problem finding the “NEW” poster to unlock on this app? for iPhone…also, how can I “visit” the headquarters on iPhone?

103. Denise - February 20, 2013

Ok…the app has been updated to the Iman/Beam Me Scotty scanning missions, but I’m having problems scanning the Iman pic. Anyone else having the same problem?

104. Johnny - February 21, 2013

I’m having the same problem. I can’t even scan the other image as well (poster). It use to work fine with the previous images.

105. rubernck21 - February 23, 2013

Try moving in and out…the pic looks for certain parts of the picture…I was having problems with the 2009 picture, but finally got it. I just wish I could fake out the gps so I could “visit” Starfleet.

106. Johnny - February 27, 2013

Nope, spent over 15 minutes trying to do it, even with the moving in and out. Still was unable to scan iman. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.