Roberto Orci, one of the writers of JJ Abrams' Star Trek movies, is a big conspiracy nut. He's way into the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, that HAARP is a superweapon that will kill us all, that sort of stuff. What's interesting about conspiracy nuts is that they're often actually tuned into real things, the twisty and confusing and strange world of black ops. It's just that they extrapolate too far.
As a conspiracy nut, Orci would be very, very familiar with PSYOPS, or psychological operations. These are massively coordinated efforts to feed certain information to those outside the inner circle of power - whether that be foreign enemies, allies or even the American people. PSYOPS create alternate narratives that are intended to make the target act in a certain way; most conspiracy guys will tell you that PSYOPS perpetrated against the American people are used to keep the power structure in place and to make the populace docile.
I bring all of this up because I believe that Karl Urban, who plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek, is engaging in a PSYOP. While promoting Dredd in the UK SFX Magazine asked him about working with Benedict Cumberbatch. Urban's response:
He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.
Wow. That sounds a lot like an admission that Gary Mitchell, the Starfleet crew member turned godlike being in the second Star Trek pilot, Where No Man Has Gone Before, will be the baddie in the film. This is a major crack in the usually hyper-secure wall of secrecy around an Abrams film.
But what if it's not? What if it's a fake out? Remember, actors and directors are not compelled to tell us the truth. Recently an actor in The Dark Knight Rises straight up denied they were playing a villain when all evidence and reality pointed otherwise (spoiler at the *). I don't put it past this team to have Urban spread disinfo in interviews, especially to counteract recent leaks that Khan is somehow involved. This sort of thing muddies up the waters in a big way, and it feels purposeful.
What especially makes me believe Urban is BSing is the fact that in 2010 I ran this article. I can now reveal to you (when it's too late) that the character my informant told me of was Gary Mitchell. But after that, my informant told me that Abrams nixed Mitchell (he apparently nixed a whole bunch of Orci and Alex Kurtzman's ideas) and they went a new direction. With Mitchell being nixed, Orci and Kurtzman gave the character to the folks at IDW comics, who are publishing a Star Trek book that is supposed to be in canon. So basically Mitchell has already showed up in this alternate timeline, but he'll just never be on screen.
Possible alternate theory: Abrams decided fuck IDW and he wanted to use Mitchell anyway. With Mitchell's godlike powers, he might be aware that they're living in a divergent timeline, and he might well pluck Khan into the film's present as a way to attack Kirk. That's just an off the top of my head thing that attempts to reconcile this 'reveal' with previously leaked info.
All that said, I still don't believe Cumberbatch is Gary Mitchell.
* Marion Cotillard (also a 9/11 denier) explicitly stated that her Miranda Tate is not Talia Al'Ghul. She was lying.