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On Set Images of Star Trek 2’s Villain

Yesterday saw the release of a few on set images from J.J. Abrams’ sequel to his hit reboot, Star Trek and they promise some insight into just who Benedict Cumberbatch will portraying in 2013.

As you can see, Cumberbatch seems to be handling Zachary Quinto’s Spock pretty easily.  Which is impressive considering that Vulcan’s are naturally stronger than humans.  Also, the black shirt he is wearing has the Starfleet logo on it.

This can bring us to a few conclusions.  Either Cumberbatch’s character is part of Starfleet or was found by Starfleet and clothed.  And he is not human.

Two villains from the original series jump out with this description.  The first is Khan.  He is a genetically engineered superhuman who could hold his own against Spock.  And his being revived by the Enterprise crew could lead to his use of Starfleet clothing.  But I personally think this would be a mistake since Wrath of Khan is such a well loved film.  It would be best to go into new territory (a mistake the Superman movies could learn from.  How many times can one person fight Lex Luthor or General Zod?)

The second possibly villain is Gary Mitchell.  Mitchell was a member of Starfleet and a close friend of Kirk.  After being exposed to an energy force known as the galactic barrier he gained new abilities; to include telekinesis.  This could easily be modified to include super-human strength and explain how he is holding his own with Spock.

One could also compare the following two pictures.  The first is from the episode of the original series in which Gary Mitchell is introduced and the second is the on set picture from the new film.  Since it is doubtful that Uhura and not Kirk will ultimately defeat the villain in the film, it appears that a phaser has no effect on the recipient in either picture.

Could this be the early stages of Gary Mitchell's transformation?


If you have any opinions of further insights, please post them in the comments below.


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  1. March 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

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