Khan Won’t Be in STAR TREK 2 but another Original Series Character Will Be; Plus, Don’t Expect a Traditional “Villain”

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We have some excellent Star Trek 2 news to report.  Devin Faraci over at  Badass Digest reports that Khan Noonien Singh won’t be the villain in the film and that the sequel “won’t be focused on a traditional ‘villain’ type at all.”  To any fanboys that are upset that Khan won’t be making a return, I’ll just say: 1) The Wrath of Khan will always exist so just go watch that, and 2) new things aren’t inherently bad.  I’ve already made my preferences known regarding Khan in the sequel so I’m glad that they’re not going to take a safe route that wouldn’t make any sense since these characters haven’t lived in the original series mythology that would create a Khan-situation anyway.

But it looks like not being part of the original series mythology won’t necessarily stop other original series characters from playing a role in Star Trek 2.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Trek 2 is slated to be released on June 29, 2012.

Badass also reports that “The story will focus on a classic Trek character. And when I say classic, I mean a character who appeared in season one of the original series, when Gene Roddenberry was in charge.”  Devin’s source continued:

“It’s definitely a character that will make fans of TOS excited. 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.”

Devin is a far bigger Trek scholar than I will ever be, and I highly encourage you to read his thoughts on who he thinks has the best odds of being the “villain” in the sequel.  No matter which antagonist director J.J. Abrams and writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Damon Lindelof choose, I think it’s fantastic that they’re honoring classic Trek but setting out to do something fresh by eschewing the traditional expectation of “Please fight this familiar villain”.

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  • Anonymous

    i don’t care as long as the story is cool.

  • http://twitter.com/Breeyore Breanna P.

    My money is on the Talosians since they can be made to look really scary with their giant brains, and have mind control abilities and talk telepathically. Or Trelane who was like Q in Star Trek: TNG being an all-powerful, mischievous being.

  • InfiniteMonkey

    Originality is truly dead in Hollywood isn’t it?…lol!

  • WAM

    I don’t believe any of it and you shouldn’t either.

    • guest

      I agree with you!

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    Two things – first, of the Trek movies, The Wrath Of Khan is near perfect. To bring Khan into the ‘reboot’ (yuck – even typing it makes me ill) is to mess around with one of the few times the franchise really got it right.

    Two – It’s Harry Mudd. You heard it here first.

  • The Infernal Mr Adams

    I’ll bet good money that it’s Harry Mudd! Next to Kahn it can’t be anyone else!

  • DoCtoRWHO87

    I never cared for Star Trek before seeing the “new” movie. So yeah I imagine I’d see this next one too, call me a fan of NuTrek.

  • DoCtoRWHO87

    I never cared for Star Trek before seeing the “new” movie. So yeah I imagine I’d see this next one too, call me a fan of NuTrek.

  • http://www.3rdillusion.com/ultrakillblast/ wrecks

    No Kill I.

  • http://www.3rdillusion.com/ultrakillblast/ wrecks

    No Kill I.

  • Italianazrael

    Zzzzzzzzzz……

  • Chevguy83

    I am guessing either Henry Mudd or the Talosians. Trelane is too much like Q from the Next Gen franchise and Gary Mitchell is dead, though I guess it is possible that since the rebooted Trek is set in an alternate universe, Mr.Mitchell could be very much alive.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WYHVLL6SFJQZ7HTIHZM4DTKK34 mike

    I wish people will start realizing it was the “Space Seed” episode that made “Wrath of Khan” work. They is no way to do a Khan film without that set up.

    • bingolong

      ….unless they redid the origin story in space seed…… but I am for Mudd

  • Jacksonbates2

    If this list is true, I’m going with Gary Mitchell. A storyline with him would provide some character development for Kirk which the writers have mentioned previously is something they want to work on in the sequel.

  • http://twitter.com/grapenutsrbt Jim Goff

    Uhhhhh Klingons anyone?

    • gcm443

      Klingons and Andorians!!! EVIL ALLIANCE!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/grapenutsrbt Jim Goff

    Uhhhhh Klingons anyone?

  • Spidermanfreak20

    Lord Garth reigns supreme David Anders shall play him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7JNK3G5ZJA2DLIT3DOJENVA3Y RonS

    Harry Mudd!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7JNK3G5ZJA2DLIT3DOJENVA3Y RonS

    Harry Mudd!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7JNK3G5ZJA2DLIT3DOJENVA3Y RonS

    Harry Mudd!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7JNK3G5ZJA2DLIT3DOJENVA3Y RonS

    Harry Mudd!!

  • gcm443

    I would love to see Tom Hardy make a cameo appearance as a young Picard…since he was supposed to be the young clone of patrick stewart in Nemesis

    • gcm443

      nevermind, i just realized how little since that would make lol…but still

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  • steve

    I would like to see JJ abrams do one more. I dont think an old nemisis would work. How about a new threat from another universe one that seems impossible to stop without putting the enterprise into jeporady and developing the new characters in the process, giving us something new and dangerous with twists and turns in the plot. It could even be an old relic from a long passed race sucked into our universe and when a romulan warship meets it and fires on it…..it comes alive with one purpose to destroy anything in its path..also it could have a crew that becomes activated purely robotic in nature. Remember its a new world with a new destination. In order for this to work for the trekkies it will have to be on a grander scale( more special effects) make it more of a mind game for the crew to figure out how to defeat this new enemy. If you can do that you will have masterpiece on your hands.

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  • JT

    My money’s on Kor!

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