‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Official Plot Synopsis – Has the Villain Been Revealed?

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Fans of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek series have thus far been thrown precious few bones for Star Trek Into Darkness as far as plot details and spoilers go. Among other things, we still don’t know for sure who Benedict Cumberbatch is portraying. Is it Khan? Gary Mitchell? Or someone else entirely?

Fortunately for fans – which is to say, those fans who enjoy pseudo-spoiling – a newly leaked official synopsis reveals some previously unknown plot details about the sequel. Furthermore, it may lend credence to rumors about the aforementioned villain’s identity.

Check out the synopsis below, courtesy of The Film Stage:

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

(FYI: The synopsis was found on Paramount’s official press website, lest anyone doubt its validity.)

There are a few things of particular note here: First, it looks like what remained of Captain Kirk’s family prior to Star Trek 2 will probably be killed by this “unstoppable force of terror from within [Starfleet],” as his crew is referred to as “the only family [he] has left.” Last we checked, Kirk had a mother in the Star Trek reboot – his father, Thor, was killed by Eric Bana – so if Kirk is currently motherless and has a “personal score to settle,” it stands to reason that the bad guy did away with her.

Second, the bad guy is, and I quote, “a one man weapon of mass destruction.” Now, who might that remind you of? Does it start with a “G” and end with an “ary Mitchell”?

If you’re unfamiliar with Gary Mitchell, here’s a refresher for you (courtesy of our very own Kofi Outlaw):

Gary Mitchell appeared in the original Star Trek TV series, in an episode titled “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” It is the third episode in the original series (but was made as a second pilot), and chronicles a tale in which the Enterprise crew discover the record log of a long-lost ship at the (literal) edge of the universe. While there, the Enterprise experiences a strange phenomenon that transforms two crew members – one being Kirk’s longtime friend from the academy, Gary Mitchell – into beings of immense psychic ability. These new powers quickly corrupt Mitchell, who proclaims himself a god; when Kirk and Spock try to strand the power-crazed crewman on a remote planet, it results in a confrontation that claims lives, and forces Kirk to kill his old friend to save the universe.

A godlike, psychic-powered Gary Mitchell – who happened to be a Starfleet lieutenant commander – sounds an awful lot like a one man weapon of mass destruction “from within [Starfleet]” to me.

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The original Gary Mitchell – not exactly a ‘dead ringer’ for Benedict Cumberbatch

Previously, Karl Urban (Dr. Bones McCoy in Star Trek Into Darkness) let slip that Benedict Cumberbatch was indeed playing Mitchell, but some chalked that ‘revelation’ up to Urban’s tendency to say things just to mess with the press – especially because writer Roberto Orci had expressly said the exact opposite to JoBlo. So, really, who the hell knows?

Perhaps an official confirmation of the villain’s identity is imminent, as 9 minutes of the film will be shown in December on 500 IMAX 3D screens prior to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I guess we’ll just have to Star Trek into patience until that time.

Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17th, 2013.


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Source: The Film Stage

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  1. no way am i sitting thru the hobbit to see the 9 mins teaser

  2. Naples and Bri did bring up Lord Garth.

    He would have the experience to know the full operations of Starfleet, and as a Captain he would know the “Command Codes”. As Kirk used the Reliants Command Codes to lower the Reliants Shields.

    So that gives the Tactical to “Detonate” the fleet. Which might be the correct phrase, if you detonate the ships, but give the crews ample time to escape.

    But Garth is not unstoppable as he is insane. Trelane and Charlie X were never members of Starfleet.

    Boy, this has got my attention in full.

    • Trelane and Charlie X were also supervised by more powerful aliens.
      But they weren’t “weapons,” they were fairly omnipotent. From the trailer, the villain seems to be an enemy who can be contained by a force-field.

    • I just remembered this quote:
      “Think along the lines of Harry Mudd or Trelane or Gary Mitchell or the Talosians or the Horta. Actually it’s one of those that I named.”
      It wouldn’t surprise me if they went with Mitchell, but after his comics appearance an all the other reasons listed that wouldn’t make sense, I’d have to part ways with this reboot.
      Screwing everything up with a new timeline and mining Trek’s corpse for inspiration is mostly forgivable but when they start ignoring their own new canon it’s one step removed from changing the villain in mid-movie. There has to be some continuity or it sounds like a 5 year old wrote it.
      Re this “detonate” the fleet thing, it intentionally or not makes the ships sound like grenades. Last I heard Star Trek was not about suicide bombers. Of course, I don’t remember the phrase “weapon of mass destruction” being in it either.

      • Does anyone really think that the comic books are going to stand in the way of the film? The comic books are canon, until they’re not.

        • I don’t know if they will or not; only how I’ll react if they do.
          It just occurred to me that even a psychotic Spock couldn’t kill Kirk in the last movie though in TOS his strength is supposed to be that of several men. Maybe this means crazy ol’ Garth could take him in a fight, I don’t know. But comics or not, if they expect us to believe a character with TK would bother fighting hand to hand for no reason… sheesh. I don’t think Mitchell has any beef with Spock.

          • I think the comics have been pretty carefully crafted to be canon, at least in terms of what we’re seeing in the new movies. Orci is overseeing them and probably plotting or in on the plotting sessions for all of them. And he’s stated pretty clearly that they are canon several times.

            A great way for him to lose all credibility as a Star Trek writer would be to contradict himself in that process, in other words to, say, kill off Gary Mitchell and then to bring him back as the villain in STID and ignore the story he himself had already overseen. He knows that and would never do it, it would just defy all logic as a steward of Trek.

    • If Garth was an admiral, then he would be in a position to plant remote-controlled bombs on the various starships, and so he could detonate them from anywhere. So yes, it would be with his power, if he could hide his symptoms long enough.

      And in “Whom Gods Destroy,” his illness even allowed him to learn to change his shape and impersonate people perfectly; so he had a good deal of control over his faculties and could hide his illness.

  3. The new Star Trek Ongoing comics are canon per Orci himself. Mitchell already appeared in the comics and was killed. So no Gary Mitchell. Do your research next time Mr. Moore.

    • @ SirBroiler.

      As I recall, Mitchell in that comic also said to Kirk ” Spock also stranded you on “Another Delta Vega”. Delta Vega being the planet that Spock sent Kirk to in Star Trek.

      So in Theory, There could be one or more element, and Orci, may say one thing to throw people off.

      So Sir Broiler, as you so arrogantly stated to Ben Moore.

      Perhaps your own advice should be warranted.

      • Hate to break from the argument here, but I was a huge TNG fan and love the direction of the new movie, can someone give me a little info about the ongoing comic book series that stays in the continuity of the movies? I only usually read Marvel and get those delivered so I would love to check them out. How long has it been running and who makes them? I’m going to research but figured I might get some help from the good trekkers at Screen Rant. I know there have been a lot of different companies that dabbled into Star Trek. I think even Marvel and DC did for a while, but I could be wrong.

        • @Life Model Decoy:

          The new Star Trek comic is published by IDW, it’s less than twenty issues in so far, each two issues usually does a new take on a classic Trek episode, with a few new standalone stories that are not based on any previous episodes. It’s overseen by Bob Orci, one of the primary writers of the new Star Trek movies and a huge Trek fan (his partner Alex Kurtzman on the other hand considers himself more of an outsider to Trek) . Both Marvel and DC did in fact publish Star Trek comics at one time or another as well as… Gold Key did them in the 60′s, I think?

          Anyhow, if I might make a recommendation IDW’s Star Trek: Nero and Star Trek: Countdown are excellent companions to the new movies, plus if you’re a TNG fan you get to see how that crew figures into the current storyline as well. Since Orci’s overseeing the new series he’s giving input to plots and the overall story arcs so that they all fit in sync with the new movies. In fact the last five or six comics have all been starting to show hints as to what the plot of the new movie may be. I’m enjoying it quite a bit myself.

          • @L4YERCAKE

            Thanks for the great info!! I’m looking around and piecing together the main series but I was a huge TNG fan too. So you’re saying that the current TNG series is in the same timeline of the movies? That is great and a great way to change things up. Excellent!! Any other info would be very helpful and I will definitely check the books you recommended out.

            • Both Nero and Countdown follow Nero and the TNG crew before Spock Prime goes back in time, I’d just suggest reading them and you’ll see what I mean, it supplements a lot of plot ideas that were probably discussed then either cut for time or deleted. I wasn’t meaning that Picard and co. are out running around at the same time this new crew is, just in case you read it that way, but it does show how Data is the new commander of the Enterprise, Jordi built Spock Prime’s ship, how V’Ger retrofitted Nero’s ship to make it so formidable, etc. Anyhow, it’s good stuff.

              I’d also maybe suggest getting the trade paperbacks rather than trying to hunt down individual issues, for what it’s worth.

              • Again, thanks for the excellent info. I already tracked down the ongoing Trek series and will continue to pull that monthly at my shop. I have tracked down Nero and Countdown and they look wonderful. I see what you were talking about now. I hoped they would have an ongoing TNG series in the new continuity. They could basically start over and have artistic license to go in some wild directions, imo. But this is great stuff nonetheless.

                • Supposedly there’s also serious talk of a Commander Worf tv show, according to Michael Dorne…

      • Much appreciated, Jeff.

        • I Thought it was a bit harsh of him to come at you like that Ben.

  4. Hmm…It’s cupcake…The guy has had a problem with Kirk since day one. :)

    • Who the crunch is cupcake, and how do I eat, I mean meet, them?

    • you mean the security officer currently assigned to the Enterprise?

      • How funny would it be if he’s name actually was Cupcake

        • If the comics are canon then it can’t be Cupcake because he was revealed in the comics to be Hendorff from the original series episode, The Apple.

    • Ten points for you! Best comment so far.

    • lolzers

  5. Kirk has a brother and was shown for a second in the normal cut of the movie. He was killed in the TV show and this movie could be his end.

  6. My Wife mentioned something.

    With JJ Abrhams

    Star Trek. The Red Matter will somehow find its way into the plot. Might be some left, captured and used to open a wormhole…I laughed at it and she said..

    “Well you tell me if the conclusion of LOST made sense?”

  7. I really think it’s Gary Mitchell and what I’m thinking is that since there was a 3 year gap in the movie it might explore what happened in those 3 years.

    If you remember it was actually 3 years that passed before The Enterprise was actually finished and Kirk was still in the academy during those 3 years.

    It’s possible that Gary and him crossed paths in those 3 years and the movie will explore what happened during that time gap

    • It wouldnt’ make any sense for Gary Mitchell to have the same problem in the new timeline. it was a freak accident that couldn’t happen twice.
      In the new timeline, Gary Mitchell would just be plain Gary Mitchell, no powers.

  8. I’m actually curious as to what happened in that 3 years that wasn’t shown in the movie.

  9. I’m honestly convinced that that 3 year gap has something to do with this movie

  10. It’s possible this Gary Mitchell in the alternate reality never served about the Enterprise and it’s possible that Gary Mitchell in this timeline was a year behind Kirk in the academy.

    I’m betting anything Kirk and Spock are going to have that scene where they are looking through the starfleet database for information about Gary Mitchell and Kirk’s going to have a flashback and end up saying “I remember him he was always loner and never talked to anyone.”

    • @Aaaron

      Kirk and Mitchell were good friends, and it was Kirk who had to kill his friend.

    • Kirk had completely different life-experiences in the new timeline; Kirk and Spock only ended up becoming friends because Spock’ intervened.
      So Kirk probably wouldn’t even know Gary Mitchell.

      In the original timeline, for example, Kirk didn’t know Captain Pike before “The Menagerie,” other than as the Fleet Captain; but clearly that changed in the new timeline.

      • Kirk did refer to Captain Pike as “Chris” upon their meeting at the Starbase in “The Menagerie”,(as opposed to the formal title “Captain” or even “Sir”) so I’m assuming they’d already met and knew each other well.

  11. They made it literal:
    “detonate” – Garth’s super-explosive
    “chess game” – the “queen to queen’s level 3″ password

  12. “Carrie The Ghost” (December 8th, 2028) Rated: PG
    “Carrie The Ghost 2″ (November 24th, 2032) Rated: PG

    “The Amazing World Of Darwin” (July 30th, 2032) Rated: PG
    “The Amazing World Of Darwin 2” (June 25th, 2038) Rated: PG

  13. Everyone forgets that Kirk has an elder brother as well who had a cameo in the first movie. Even if the timeline changed as of the 2009 movie, George Samuel Kirk Jr. would have already have been born and so is in this timeline as well. In TOS he was a scientist and he and his wife were killed in “Operation: Annihilate!”, yet since this trailer says that Kirk no longer has any family left, it stands to reason that his mother and brother are killed in this movie.

    • In the first movie when young Kirk steals his stepfathers car he passes a boy on the road and yells “hey Johny” (John Harrison) Possibly a step-brother who feels Kirk was alway treated better…

  14. Gary Mitchell was supposedly killed and buried in space in the comics but maybe he was only faking death or was dead for awhile but recharged when hit by a gamma ray burst turning him into Walking Dead – Gary Mitchell – Ultra Zombie!

  15. Gary Mitchell got his powers on sheer accident, so it wouldn’t make sanese that he’d have them in the new timeline.

    Meanwhile Garth of Izar had a congenital brain-disease that affected him, and so it would still be intact in the new timeline. He was Starfleet’s greatest commander before this, so he could easily be a “one-man WMD”.

    I don’t think it would be Khan, either, since the S.S. Botany Bay was still en route to its original destination; he had no intention of coming back to Earth. Garth, meanwhile, wanted to rule the galaxy in his demented state, so he might come back to Earth to corrupt Starfleet.

    So I’d say it’s Garth…. but who knows?

    • I fully agree. It’s Captain Garth.

      Alice Eve may indeed be playing Carol Marcus as publicly stated or she could be someone else such as Yeoman Janice Rand.

  16. Here’s a name that hasn’t been speculated: Matt Decker, son of Commodore Decker who lost his life in hte TOS series, “The Doomsday Machine.” In ST the Motion Picture he presumably becomes a mass of energy in order to save the ship. What if, in the timeline, he has the same grudge and becomes something else?

  17. After viewing the SuperBowl trailer I think the villian is a grown-up Charlie X. Some of Cumberbatch’s mannerisms reminded me of Charlie. Plus, unlike Gary Mitchell, Charlie was still alive at the end of his episode and pretty angry about what was happening to him. Mitchell was a Starfleet officer and Kirk’s good friend and while you can make a case for absolute power corrupts absolutely, it still seems wrong for him to come back and trash everything. Charlie X, on the other hand, has no love lost for Kirk, Starfleet, or anyone and pretty much felt justified doing whatever he wanted to do.

  18. Interesting theory re: Gary Mitchell–it’s definitely not Khan. I re-watched Wrath of Khan–and the Nero character from ST reboot is essentially the essence of Khan–now that I know that it’s brilliant the way the new writers have incorporate old lore–also–the Kobiashi Test in ST reboot is lifted directly from Wrath of Khan–in fact a good bit of the plot of ST 1 reboot. The trailer for Darkness looks bad and I’m nervous about this plot line–

  19. Not to be pedantic, but Jim Kirk’s father’s first name was George, not “Thor”. That’s been canon for the last forty-odd years, and in the movie cast credits, he is billed as “George”. His mother’s name, also given in the credits, is “Winona”.

    As for the plot, consider this;

    1. The plot of the first film in the reboot bears more than a passing resemblance to David Weber’s 1996 non-ST SF novel The Apocalypse Troll. Right down to the only thing able to stop the menace from the future being a weapon brought back from that same “alternate” future by the time traveling good guy now stranded in an “alternate past”.

    2. The observed events in the teaser trailer (destruction of what appears to be Spacedock, cities devastated by resulting impactors, etc.) bears more than a passing resemblance to the events in another Weber non-ST novel, Mission of Honor, published in 2010.

    3. Cumberbatch’s character states in the Super Bowl spot that he is “better than you (Kirk) at everything”. This would be a statement typical of the mindset of the villains of the novel Mission of Honor.

    4. And in the ST universe, an observation; even eugenics supermen may have descendants.



  20. Well, I looked carfully at the trailer and it seems that the character used tech to do the damage. Now, not being a big Trek fan or even a middle sized one, I know that Mr. Moore is totally wrong in description of the events in Where No man …. Looking at a possible plot of a third movie as well, I think the villain of the piece will be Gary Seven.

    • sorry, got distracted and hit the post button by mistake. I think that the
      Aegis is making an attempt to correct the distorted time line and restore it to the way it was. In general terms that is. So they send agent Gary Seven to infiltrate Start Fleet. Two main theories I have for the third movie would be that Star Fleet with the seeming advanced technology they have over the original time line would destroy the Klingon and Romulans
      At any rate, I see not only the personal relationships struggles that Abrams likes, but glorious space battles for the third movie.

  21. I like Star Trek, and I got to meet Leonard Nimoy when I was 15. Although, I do like Star Wars better. I’m not going to beat myself over the head to find out the plot to “Star Trek: Heart of Darkness.” I’ll just wait until it comes out in May. It’s better to just wait. I just wonder if Leonard Nimoy will be in this one.

  22. It’s Khan. Get over it. JJ is a liar and is rebooting the entire series

  23. Just saw the movie and the action is great but the retelling of “Rath of Khan” really sucks! Don’t know why holleywood doesn’t have any imagination oter than what was done in the past??? This is supposed to be a NEW TIME LINE and they are telling old stories???

    OOOO…instead of Spoke in the chamber in is Kirk??? Way to “shake things up” Abbrams!!!! Next time I’ll wait for it to be at the dollar movies!!!