Now that scripting has started on the new Star Trek movie, we shall expect more and more rumors to crop up. Today a new one has emerged from a report citing a source that says Khan will definitely not be the villain in the Star Trek movie, but a familiar TOS character will be. More on this rumor below.
RUMOR: NO Khan – but a TOS villain
The Khan or no Khan has been one of the biggest subjects of discussion regarding the Star Trek sequel. Now a report in Badass News (from former CHUD editor Devin Faraci) says an "informant close to the production" has confirmed Khan will NOT be in the Star Trek sequel, but the villain will be a known character, quoting the source:
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.
For now treat this entirely as a rumor. But if true, then it would mean that the team agrees with most Trek fans, and that Khan is not the best choice for their second film.
Mudd, Mitchell, Trelane, Talosian, and Horta – is one of these the Star Trek sequel villain?
As for the rest of the list, some seem implausible as main villain. Harry Mudd is more of a potential comic relief character than a true villain, and the Horta (from "Devil in the Dark") aren’t really bad guys, just misunderstood (and with burning their messages into the ground, they don’t make very good conversationalists). Either would be interesting additions to the new Star Trek movie, but it is hard to imagine them as the main villains.
The Talosians from "The Cage" (and "The Menagerie") could make formidable villains, with their total mind control powers. And Trelane, another god-like being (and possibly a Q), could make for an interesting villain, toying with the new crew of the USS Enterprise.
The hardest to work out would be Gary Mitchell from "Where No Man Has Gone Before". He is a very interesting character, but what made him work was that he was James T. Kirk’s best friend who was then turned into an all powerful egomaniac. However, he was no where to be seen in the 2009 Star Trek, with Bones filling the role as Kirk’s best friend. And to introduce Mitchell as a friend and then turn him into an angry god-like villain just seems too much like a remake, something the filmmakers said they wouldn’t do. That being said, there is potential there.
But again this is still just a rumor so too early to tell.