Description of the 9 minute prologue being shown before certain screenings of The Hobbit.
No doubt that this has been part of the film's marketing campaign. Called that fact out in my original post. I find the speculation on the villian fun and it has been a smart move on the studio's part to play it this way. Generating a lot of buzz for the film which will be in danger of being overshodowed by news of the forthcoming Star Wars films once details start to hit.
Who's to say that in this rebooted universe the Botany Bay wasn't discovered years earlier by Starfleet? Or that other survivors from the Eugenics Wars were awakened? It's just a theory and I could well be wrong, but keep in mind that there is a level of freedom provided to JJ and crew in how they tell these stories. Technically anything after the moment Nero arrived can be different then the universe we grew up with.
At some point, i'm sure inconsistencies will happen. This rebooted universe has potential to be considered the main canon for years to come. It's reasonable to assume that decisions will be made down the line to tell stories that may contradict earlier narratives. The point being made here is that right now care is being taken to prevent that from happening.
The fact that the IDW comics are being considered canon was confirmed directly by Roberto Orci. He is one of the writers and producers of this movie and also had a similar role on the first one.Besides this, you must of course realize that this is all part of a large marketing and media effort based on the Star Trek property. There is a level of organization here and when the decision was made to start an ongoing comic series it was done so to appeal to certain fan's...
It's amusing that people are still speculating online it's Khan. I just don't see it and with the recent interviews with Cumberbatch, I think it's safe to rule that out. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/12/12/benedict-cumberbatch-talks-about-his-trek-villain-promises-hes-not-khan-under-an-alias/
So who is John Harrison? Well he's not the redshirt from the original series that shared the last name. It's been confirmed that the character has superhuman levels of strength...
Let me guess, the plot twist involves finding out that this takes place millions of years ago instead of the future. In fact I would put money on that.
Enjoyed M Night Shyamalan's earlier work like Unbreakable and Signs, but he's really lost something over the years. It's been a while since he's made anything of merit. Maybe this will buck that trend, but I wouldn't hold your breath.