There’s been such a hubbub over who the villain is in Star Trek 2. Some of this is due to the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch, sending the Sherlock star’s fans into a tizzy. Then there was the rumor the villain was Khan, sending all the Trekkies into a fervor. One that wasn’t helped when those photos of Cumberbatch battling Spock (Zachary Quinto) were leaked. Basically, the internet is beside itself because we don’t know the identity of the sequel’s villain.
What can I say, we’re obsessive nerds, we make it our sworn duty to know everything we can about a movie before it comes out, and when’s there’s something we keep missing, it drives us barmy! Which is why we’re still discussing this even though we’ve been sent on a variety of wild villain chases the whole time this picture’s been in development.
All right, so where are we now? Well, Karl Urban did indeed share some secret Star Trek footage and he never denied his slip-up of name-dropping Gary Mitchell as the flick’s baddie. Though, screenwriter Roberto Orci had already denied Mitchell and is back to do so again, saying of Urban’s spoiler,
I would say that I never lie. While Karl tests all those hypo spray props on himself. [laughs]
So Urban, a man known for his practical jokes, could very well have been messing with us. And I’m sure he was delighted by how his simple name-dropping set the webz afire with rumor Mitchell must be the villain. Well played, sir.
Now Trek Movie, who interviewed Orci, were able to talk with him about when, if ever before the film’s release, we’d learn who Cumberbatch was playing,
For as long as we can because of our belief that one of the fun things about Star Trek that distinguishes it from other franchises is that the story turns. It isn’t just the spectacle of Star Trek, not just the explosions and the battles, it is the plot. That is why we are so protective of plot and character with this particular franchise. In others that isn’t the case but in this one we can preserve the experience for some people of not knowing exactly until we get there. Will we succeed in keeping it under wraps? Probably not, but we will try it.
If we do crack the villain code before Star Trek 2‘s May 17th, 2013 release date, it sounds like it’ll be one hell of an achievement.
But! Here’s some good news for those who are desperate for details. Trek Movie was able to squeeze out a bit of useful information, here’s how the new characters played by Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller stand in canon/non-canon terms. Meaning, who’s playing a character we’ve seen before in Trek and who’s playing someone brand new,
Benedict Cumberbatch – canon
Alice Eve – canon
Peter Weller – not canon
Ah-ha! So Cumberbatch is an original Trek character, as is Eve. Hmm, okay, what villains haven’t we mentioned that’d fit the bill? Come on, only 10 months to go!