Did Karl Urban Just Reveal the STAR TREK 2 Villain?

     July 9, 2012


For reasons beyond my understanding, the villain of Star Trek 2 continues to be a mystery.  We’ll find out who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing, and we’ll find it out well before the film opens on May 17, 2013.  But because J.J. Abrams believes secrecy is the greatest good, we’ve been left to speculate on the villain’s identity.  However, Karl Urban may have accidentally shown Abrams’ hand.

Hit the jump to find out the possible villain for Star Trek 2.  I guess you could consider it a spoiler even though it will be “spoiled” for you at least six months before the movie hits theaters.

star-trek-gary-mitchellDuring a promotional junket for his upcoming film Dredd, Urban told SFX about what it was like to work with Cumberbatch:

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

So who is Gary Mitchell?  A potentially great choice for the villain.  If you don’t consider “The Cage” to be the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, then Gary Mitchell is the series’ first antagonist.  The character appeared in the series’ premiere episode, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” and was played by Gary Lockwood.  Mitchell attended Starfleet Academy with Kirk, and the two went on a mission to a planet where Mitchell was hit by a galactic barrier that gave him the following abilities [hat tip to Memory Alpha]:

  • Hypercognition
  • Conscious regulation of autonomic reflexes
  • Telepathy
  • Extrasensory perception of various kinds, including clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairoratory
  • Telekinesis
  • The ability to control energy, including both its directed use as a weapon against other organisms, and an invulnerability to phaser weapons
  • The ability to manipulate matter, including the instant materialization and dematerialization of both organisms and objects

star-trek-gary-mitchell-1Mitchell became violent and dangerous, and Kirk attempted to strand Mitchell on Delta Vega.  The two fought, and Kirk killed Mitchell by knocking him into a grave that Mitchell had ironically prepared for his captain, and Kirk used a phaser to make a bunch of rocks fall on top of Mitchell.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense when the guy had the power of telekinesis, but whatever.

Returning to Abrams’ Star Trek 2, it our fears about Khan being the villain were put to rest by Simon Pegg, who denied that the popular baddie wouldn’t be in the upcoming sequel.  However, SFX points out that Mitchell has already appeared in the new Star Trek comic book series.  Furthermore, the film’s co-writer Roberto Orci has denied that Mitchell will be the villain, but I trust Orci about as far as I can throw him (and I have very weak arms).  Finally, Urban’s reveal seems credible since Cumberbatch’s outfit has a Starfleet emblem on it.

There’s still the matter of the Klingons, and we’ll have to see where they factor into the plot.  Keep in mind that Abrams and his writers have no obligation to stay 100% faithful to the Gary Mitchell from the original series, and I highly doubt they will.  Nevertheless, Mitchell seems like a good choice for a new villain, and allows the new film to still tie-in with the original series without having to sit in the shadow of a masterpiece like Wrath of Khan.


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  • eowyn

    I just want to give mad props to Cumberbatch for being so tight-lipped about everything he’s keeping from the pop culture world. From Sherlock’s fake death, how Smaug will look like, The Necromancer’s role in The Hobbit and what/who he is playing in Star Trek.

    • youknownothingjonsnow

      His co-stars though are a tad bit talkative (eg Freeman’s slip that he’s cast in The Hobbit, Pegg’s Khan denial). If this is by any chance true, Urban is sooo dead. Haha!

    • Ryan

      To be fair, his lips are so thin that it probably isn’t that hard to keep ‘em tightened up!

      Joking, of course. Love me some Sherlock and Frankenstein, can’t wait for what he has for us in the next 12-13 months!

      • eowyn

        They should re-name the villain CUMBERLORD.

  • A

    “Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before”
    Has a nice ring to it.

  • Underground Anthem TX


    I dunno, doesn’t have a strong ring to it.

    Not a Trek fan, necessarily, but I really enjoyed the reboot and I’m going to trust Abrams and the Trek fans that this is a good choice for a sequel villain, although the character doesn’t sound all that interesting.

    Cumberbatch has his work cut out for him!

    • Eric Nixon


      • eowyn

        They should re-name the villain CUMBERLORD

  • JLC

    I hate to be “that guy,” but what the heck. (Potential SPOILERS if it turns out BC really is Mitchell.) Kirk was able to kill Mitchell with the rocks because another crew member, who had also gained the same powers when going through the barrier, had weakened Mitchell temporarily. She ended up dying herself from her battle with Mitchell.

    It’s a great episode because it explores the concept of the Nietzschean superman. Mitchell became violent and dangerous because he believed he had become more than human and that ethical rules no longer applied to him. Ironic that Lockwood would star in a completely different movie exploring some of the same themes just a couple years later.

  • menobatman

    ha. This is hilarious. No one will know until the screenings start.

  • Cpt. Hindsight

    So the villain is Joe Don Baker? MITCHELL! Oh MST3000k, u get me.

    • Crow

      Aww.. Mitchell, put down the doughnuts!

  • CanIHaveASlice?

    For the record, the Klingons were always my favorite.

  • Jake

    I think Gary Mitchell is the bomb i just hope jj dosent bomb the character

  • Jake

    I would actually like to see jj do the gorn or khan but that’s just me. Star trek was good hopefully 2 will be better

  • Truth

    Don’t you guys grammar check your own articles? Jesus Christ.

  • Jeff

    Using Gary Mitchel instead of Khan would be an inspired choice. Hope it’s for real.

  • ron

    I loved the original w/Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman. Well written and acted episode and I hope the rumors are true. One request, JJ needs to cast a hottie with a bountiful backside to play the scientist like Kellerman from the original episode. It would be a great homage to Ms. Kellerman. Damn, she looked sooo good in that old Trek uni. She was my first crush as a young boy.

  • ChakaKhaaaaan

    I dunno, “Miiiiiiitchel!” doesn’t have the same ring as “Khaaaaaaan!” and “Gaaaaaary!” even less so. Still if anyone can give us an engrossing Gary I’m sure it’s Cumberbatch.

    And yeah “Where no man has gone before” sounds a lot like the title/tagline in waiting one way or another.

    • Dean

      “Gaaaaaary!” sounds like a line from TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE!


    Well Duh! I thought it was obvious from the beginning.

  • Smart Enough

    Actually I’m stupider than you think.

  • dogg

    Whoa, that’s a great villain choice. Those early Star Treks were serious SF. The series got stupider as it went on.

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  • Joel

    Phil or Grant Mitchell would be my choice.

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