Star Trek 2 Villain Identity Revealed?
Posted 07.10.12 by Ryan
Finally! The villain of the highly anticipated sequel Star Trek 2 has been revealed! Sort of. Maybe.
While fans have been banging the Khan drum for a while now, director J.J. Abrams has denied the rumors and even dropped a possible hint that Klingons could be the villains of the sequel. Cast member Simon Pegg has also denied the presence of Khan, leaving fans to endlessly speculate over who will be at the crux of the Enterprise's problems.
In what is either a legitimate mistake or deliberate subterfuge, Karl Urban, who dropped an intriguing name to SFX while discussing villain actor Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) during his press rounds for the upcoming Dredd.
He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.
For those that don't recognize the name, the character Gary Mitchell dates back to an episode of the original Star Trek series titled "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the second attempt at a Star Trek pilot and the third episode aired in the show's first season. Mitchell is a friend of Captain Kirk's from the Academy, and when the Enterprise attempts to cross the galaxy a barrier stops the ship, both Mitchell and fellow crew member Elizabeth Dehner are exposed to an energy that gives them powerful psionic abilities. Kirk tries to maroon Mitchell on the uninhabited Delta Vega, but eventually has a fatal showdown with his former friend.
Again, Urban could be intentionally messing with fans, but what little is known about the Star Trek 2 villain could support Mitchell as the sequel's villain. Set photos released in showed that Cumberbatch was dressed in Starfleet shirt, and Alice Eve's role has never been revealed, opening up the possibility of Eve playing Dehner. Chris Pine also recently revealed that the Star Trek 2 villain "brings out all of the qualities in Kirk that need to happen in order for Kirk to grow."
Meanwhile, there's also evidence to the contrary. Producer Bryan Burk has said that Cumberbatch's villain will be "original and unique" to the movie, while co-screenwriter Robert Orci recently revealed that Mitchell was one of several characters from Star Trek that would not appear in Star Trek 2.
There could be another reason behind Urban's slip. Coming Soon speculates that Urban could have meant Gary Seven, another character from the original series who attempted to prevent nuclear war on Earth in 1968. Obviously, this is only a theory.
Whatever Urban hoped to accomplish from his statement, expect plenty of theories before Star Trek 2 arrives in theaters next year.
Next Showing: Star Trek 2
opens May 17, 2013