It seems to me that Mr. Orci’s comments about the “Benedict Cumberbatch is Gary Mitchell” rumour being off by a single word means nothing. Change the “is,” the “Gary,” or the “Mitchell,” and Mr. Cumberbatch is playing some other character. Insert the word “playing,” and the statement transforms from metaphor to fact. But I have yet to see anyone here latch onto the extra several seconds of audio in the Japanese trailer, which features extra dialogue and visuals. Spoiler: the Japanese-subtitled version of the Star Trek XI teaser trailer. In the extended cut, we hear Cumberbatch reciting the line, “is there anything you would not do for your family?” over an image of two hands pressed against each other, through a plate of glass, à la Spock’s death scene in TWOK. It may be worth noting here that while Spock’s face is not clearly visible in this shot, the arm whose hand and palm is facing the camera is clad in a Starfleet sciences uniform, and the other arm, palm away, is clad in a black or charcoal coloured sleeve, like the dark Starfleet uniform Cumberbatch is shown wearing earlier. And then there's the shot from earlier in the trailer, where Uhura, visibly devastated, clings to Scotty. So here’s what I'm theorizing: Cumberbatch is Sybok. Yes, yes, Lawrence Luckinbill had pointy ears in STV, and Cumberbatch does not in 2012. But the guy’s also crazy, so I wouldn’t put it past him, in an alternate version of the Trek timeline, for Spock’s half-brother to get an ear job out of … different motivations from Luckinbill’s version of the character. Either that, or he might just be Kodos the Executioner. What do you think?