It’s been a bustling month in the world Star Trek sequel news—from Khan being all but officially confirmed as the Star Trek 2 villain, to costar Simon Pegg stating Khan wasn’t in the picture, to a blink or you’ll miss it preview of the Klingons in the upcoming film. Now, even more details have emerged, with co-writer Damon Lindelof and star Chris Pine taking turns in ambiguously teasing new plot and villain details.
First off: the villain. It’s long been speculated that Captain Kirk’s arch nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, would be making the leap from 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and into the rebooted arm of the long-running franchise. While news outlets continue to confirm that Khan is the villain, everyone associated with the production continues to deny it. While not dropping many specifics, co-writer Damon Lindelof did drop a few details to IGN about how the new villain is “a force of antagonism,” and how that villain compares both to Kirk and to Eric Bana’s Big Bad in the last film:
Kirk is now in the Captain’s chair, for the first time, not having shanghaied it. And he has to learn how to manage his responsibilities as a captain with these friendships and relationships that he’s forming with these people around him. And I think also we’re introducing what is a very cool and nuanced force of antagonism that’s a little different from the first movie, which was just a steaming Romulan ball of rage that needs to be stopped at all costs.
Elsewhere, star Chris Pine recently spoke about how, in a post-Avengers world, Star Trek 2 will work to effectively balance big budget spectacle with character detail:
Obviously there is something to be said for special effects. We are in the era of The Avengers movie and people get excited by that stuff and indeed the stuff we have in our film is really cool to watch and to look at, but what I think is more important, and hopefully what people gravitated to in the first one, are good stories about people. And I think we are capitalizing on the interest people have in these characters and the growth and the journey that these people go on amongst all these crazy special effects.
So maybe we’ll see Kirk seduce more green people?
Do you think Khan is, or is not, the Star Trek 2 villain?