‘Star Trek 2′ Villain Revealed? (It’s Not Khan)

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

 Star Trek 2 Villain Revealed? (Its Not Khan)

For a long time, fans have been wondering which villain from the Star Trek canon screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof would be dusting off and refashioning for the sequel film to J.J. Abrams’ alternate-timeline reboot (tentatively known as Star Trek 2). Rumors of Star Trek II: Wrath Khan villain Khan Noonien Singh being the main antagonist for Abrams’ sequel have been floating around ever since the film’s announcement – back when Benicio Del Toro was offered the role. Despite repeated claims from Abrams and his screenwriting team that Khan is not the villain in Star Trek 2, fans have been stalwart in their speculation that he is. But now, we seem to be getting confirmation to the contrary from an indirect source, who may have let the cat out of the proverbial bag. Scroll down for details.






karl urban dr mccoy Star Trek 2 Villain Revealed? (Its Not Khan)

Karl Urban, star of the upcoming Judge Dredd reboot, Dredd, (and Dr. Bones McCoy in Abrams’ Star Trek franchise) was giving an interview to SFX when he dropped the following tidbit about Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock), who took over the villain role after Del Toro walked away from the film:

“He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.”

If you’re not a longtime Star Trek fan:

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.

 Star Trek 2 Villain Revealed? (Its Not Khan)

The themes of “Where No Man Has Gone Before” looked at the quandary of what happens when a being is given god-like powers without the natural evolution of mind to provide adequate moral and philosophical orientation to balance and control said power. In other words: what happens when you’re given power you are not mentally or emotionally equipped to handle.

The presumably re-tooled version of Mitchell that would be featured in Abrams’ film would still make for an intriguing and equal parts sympathetic and fearsome villain; both a physical and mental match for the Enterprise crew, which is something the filmmakers have long hinted they would present. Furthermore, the story has big ramifications for the crew themselves – especially Kirk and Spock, who were at the center of the original episode and provided a lot of the thematic and philosophical subtext.

“Where No Man Has Gone Before” provided a juicy conflict between Kirk’s human empathy and Spock’s cold Vulcan logic, and was the first episode to delve into the fact that Spock is a half-breed being who secretly feels the emotion he pretends to be above. We can only hope the Star Trek 2 filmmakers pay homage to the opening scene of Spock vs. Kirk in 3D chess, which has since become an iconic part of the original episode (and would look cool in 3D, coincidentally).

Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto (Spock) in 'Star Trek 2'

If Karl Urban really did slip up, and Gary Mitchell is indeed the villain we are to see in the sequel, it would be an unexpected – but in this writer’s opinion, very welcome – twist by Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof. Mitchell’s story has enough parallels to the Khan storyline of the original series and original sequel film – a villain tied to Kirk’s past, with notions of being a superior being, able to challenge the Enterprise crew on many levels – but will still be fresh enough to offer a Star Trek movie we truly haven’t seen before – something The Amazing Spider-Man has struggled to do.

For the record, Orci recently told  JoBlo that Mitchell was NOT the villain in the sequel film – so (if you believe that denial) this could turn out to be yet another rumor that never materializes as truth. Or, perhaps, the Gary Mitchell and Khan rumors have both been half-right, and the screenwriters are lumping the two characters into some kind of amalgamation? That would make all of the denials from the cast and crew half-true, since the character would technically not be Mitchell or Khan in full.

Look for confirmation or denial on this matter as we head into the jungle of Comic-Con 2012 – Star Trek 2 will be in theaters on May 17, 2013.

Source: SFX (via The Playlist)

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  1. Edge of the “Galaxy” not the “Universe”. Threatened the “Galaxy” not the “Universe”


  3. I’ve been reading lately that it is an iconic villain. I’ve been scouring my knowledge to think of who/what that might mean.
    Along the lines of Gary Mitchell…could it be Q or a being of the like? It seems like the continuum might have a vested interest in the change to the timeline.

  4. True, Mitchel is who I see in this movie. But Orci may be right – He is not the villian- meaning someone else ultimatly will be the villian. Mitchel will be the catalyst and somewhere in the mix are klingons. Also Peter Weller is tied to the movie and he could be the bad guy – so – in the end we have a mult-facet movie that scores on at least three levels of intrigue and how each will be resolved.

  5. This idea has already been taken see http://startrekofgodsandmen.com/main/
    The film, shot on a paper-thin budget in less than two weeks back in 2006, was produced largely in upstate New York. Some scenes were filmed in Los Angeles, and the array of special effects were created in several locations, including Australia. The producers hoped to have it released in early 2007, but delay after delay postponed its debut.

    “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” was eventually broken up into three acts. The first premiered online in December 2007. The third and final act was made available on the Internet last weekend.

    Headlining the cast are Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols, famous for their taboo-breaking roles as Ensign Chekov and Lieutenant Uhura, respectively, in the original “Star Trek” series.

  6. grave marker says JAMES R KIRK what gives?

    • It was the second pilot – still lots to sort out. ;-)

  7. Abrams ruined the trek series as his first movie must be considered non canon to preserve ds9 tng et al

    • It’s a parallel timeline.

    • He didn’t ruin it. He actually used the one excuse that would work: an alternate timeline. All the events of TNG, DS9, and Voyager could still happen in a timeline that follows the events of the original series.

  8. “Abrams ruined the trek series as his first movie must be considered non canon to preserve ds9 tng et”

    If you watched and understood Abrams’s Star trek, then you’d realize that it doesn’t have to be “canon” because they basically created a whole NEW timeline.

    That was the whole point, so they could branch out into the new and not simply re-hash the original story-line.

    Enjoyed the re-boot, but this looks to really up the ante by quite a bit.

    Can’t wait!

    • vjer probe still on its way and so is probe to find the humpback wales!!! neither would be affected by how kirk grew up so JJ must remember this or it wont make sense !! lol and all past events still have to take place so all enterprise archer missions to have taken place . so cant start afresh completely

  9. Hmm, I personally loved the reboot. The whole new take was obviously done by people with new ideas, they were excited about it, and had creative people to help put it together. This is not at all what like lucas did with his star wars prequels, or the disappointment of the spiderman “repackaging.” I say repackage because that was not a real reboot. I don’t want to see Shatner taking his usual shat to the screen, or picard’s aging crew following suit to the original ST movies. Just my opinion, but I like the new direction the new movies are taking us.

  10. Could he possibly be Kudos the Executioner?

  11. Lol “Kodos” not kudos

  12. Since it is a new timeline, couldn’t the villain be someone completely new? What do I know, I probably need to Trek some more

  13. Way to go guys, well called!

  14. Mitchell would have been a great addition to these movies, and in fact, would have fit the early “Academy” days a lot better. They should have just had Quinto play Mitchell to begin with; Spock should have been off on the Big E with Pike, and Mitchell was the one at the academy that sent the “cute little blond lab technician” at Kirk. Mitchell has many mannerisms that we have seen Quinto use (his Sylar has basically the same powerset and attitude as Mitchell) and it would have been a unique look into a time period that we normally don’t get to see, rather then the butchery it ended up as.