Cumberbatch, in his role as terrorist John Harrison, graces the cover of Empire magazine.
The 36-year-old looks villainous on the magazine cover - sporting dark eye make up and slicked back black hair - and is shown with his arms in large handcuffs.
Speaking about his character, Cumberbatch told Gya O!: "He's someone who has enormous physical strength. He's someone who is increadibly dangerous, both as a physical entity and through the use of various technologies and weapons and who performs acts of what I would describe as terrorism.
"He's also a psychological master. He manipulates the minds of those around him to do his bidding in a very, very subtle way."
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Copyright: Rex Features On Location NewsDirector JJ Abrams also revealed a little about the terrorist's back story, saying: "His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an... average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet, and he turns against the group because he has got this backstory and this kind of amazing secret agenda.
"After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the US, our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing than they ever anticipated."
Star Trek: Into Darkness is due to be released in IMAX 3D and conventional cinemas on May 14, 2013. Watch the announcement trailer for the movie below: