One of the more hotly debated elements concerning the upcoming sequel to J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek reboot was who, exactly, was the villain? After Eric Bana‘s not so memorable turn as a pointy-eared tattoo enthusiast hellbent on traveling through time to destroy the home planet of a guy who just couldn’t save Bana’s civilization in time (so, what, revenge for someone’s inadequacy, I guess?) in the original film, Star Trek 2 definitely needs an strong villainous anchor to hold the piece together. And now, it seems, that villain’s name has finally been leaked, after much speculation. Spoilers after the jump.
It’s long been rumored that the villain would be Khan—Ricardo Montalban’s big bad from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (long considered the best villain and the best film in the Trek series). When word broke that Benicio del Toro might be cast as Khan, and then Benedict Cumberbatch was finally cast as the villain, and shots were leaked showing him in combat with Spock, many assumed the baddie was Khan.
Now, one of the top Trek sites on the web, TrekMovie, seems to have gotten their hands on the name of Star Trek 2’s villain via multiple sources. Again, here there be spoilers:
TrekMovie has confirmed this with a number of sources so we no longer consider it to be a rumor. Khan is back in 2013, however sources indicate that the film is not a rehash of “Space Seed,” the original Star Trek episode where Kirk and crew first encounter the genetic superman from the past.
Well, there you have it. No altogether surprising, but still, it’s news. That said, while Khan was the finest, most potent and dangerous villain of the original series (not counting the ravages of age and overeating that hit Shatner around Trek III), it’s going to be hard to top Montalban’s indelible and melodramatic turn as Khan, a genetically-engineered tyrant of Earth’s 20th century who cryogenically froze himself into the future and attempted to commandeer the Enterprise and kill Kirk.
Further, it would be nice to see this reboot establish its own set of villains (unless Bana is the best they can do). Oh well—we’ll find out how well it works when the film is released on May 17, 2013.
What do you think of Khan as a villain in Star Trek 2?