Idris Elba, who has been cast as the villain of Star Trek Beyond, gave an interview with MTV recently where he described his character as, among other things, “groundbreaking” for the Star Trek franchise.
I think ’Star Trek’ has prided themselves as being quite classic when it comes to villains, like ’he’s a guy who wants to end the world,’ there’s no doubt about that. But in this version of the film, there’s a slightly different twist to that. It’s quite an interesting journey, which I think is groundbreaking for the franchise. But, it still keeps with the ’classic bad guy is a classic bad guy’ tone.
Now, I have absolutely no idea what any of this means. Honestly Elba’s quote kind of reminds me of the behind the scenes footage from Star Trek Nemesis where director Stuart Baird insists that Shinzon wasn’t really a “bad guy” (despite all the mass murder and mind rape and stuff). However, it seems more likely that Elba and his publicity team have successfully grabbed a lot of attention without giving anything away – that’s smart Internet.
So now we know there’s a groundbreaking twist to this villain, but not much else.
Cinemablend speculated that he could be General Chang, Commander Kruge, Admiral Cartwright, the God of Sha Ka Ree, Sybok, or the Gorn. Writer/Scotty Simon Pegg has intimated that he is not a Klingon, that rules out the first two. (However, “Khan” was also said to not be “Khan” for Into Darkness, so who knows?)
Star Trek V is such a sore spot in the franchise I doubt anyone wants to revisit it. And Admiral Marcus from Into Darkness fulfilled the same purpose that a rebooted Admiral Cartwright might (hardly “groundbreaking”). That would basically just leave the Gorn. We do know that assistant villain Sofia Boutella will wear make-up that makes her look like a Xindi skunk, so some hard core Gorn seems unlikely.
Now it’s possible that Elba is using the term “groundbreaking” in the literal sense, and that his villain’s scheme is to create artificial earthquakes to kill everyone on the Earth’s surface, except for his own “master race” on Mt. Everest. So yes, I am betting right now that Elba’s character is none other than Hippocrates Noah, supervillain of Dr. Bashir’s spy program.