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”.