If Kirk won't face Khan's wrath in Trek 2, who WILL he fight?

Captain Kirk won't square off against his nemesis Khan Noonian Singh in 2012's Star Trek 2, despite constant online speculation to the contrary. But if the genetic superman from the original series' "Space Seed" episode and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan won't be reimagined for the second Trek movie from J.J. Abrams, then who will Kirk battle?

According to Badass Digest, a source close to the production says the crew of the starship Enterprise won't face a "traditional" bad guy at all. But here's the interesting part: The source also says that the film will feature one of these five classic Trek characters/aliens from the original series:

Harry Mudd

The boisterous, rotund con man played by the late Roger C. Carmel in original series episodes "Mudd's Women" (first season) and "I, Mudd" (second season) seems more like comic relief than a central character, especially for a tentpole film like Star Trek 2. But we'd love to see him in some sort of cameo.

The Horta

This creature made of living rock made its debut in the classic episode "The Devil in the Dark," when it was forced to defend its millions of eggs from inadvertent destruction by Federation miners. The Horta was one of the original Trek's best-loved monsters but, like Mudd, doesn't seem to warrant a big-screen story all its own.

The Talosians

This cerebral, highly advanced race of telepaths was responsible for capturing Capt. Christopher Pike in the very first Star Trek pilot, "The Cage," which later became expanded into the two-part, award-winning episode "The Menagerie." The Talosians' ability to create illusions is not to be trifled with and could pose a challenge to Kirk and company. Plus, Pike has already been introduced in the first movie and was last seen—as he was in "The Menagerie"—in a wheelchair.


The omnipotent but, shall we say, immature superbeing from the first-season episode "The Squire of Gothos" has also been established in the Star Trek books as a member of the Q Continuum (thanks, Badass, I didn't know that), which opens up a nice little connection to the Next Generation universe. And it would be pretty cool to see some big-name actor chewing up the scenery as this wildly unpredictable alien.

Gary Mitchell

Another cool throwback to the earliest days of Trek: Mitchell (played by Gary Lockwood) was the Enterprise's helmsman in the second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," and was turned into a powerful and dangerous new being after being zapped by the energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy. Making Mitchell the kind of cosmic threat that a big-budget movie could afford raises all kinds of awesome possibilities.

There you have it. If that source is correct, one of those five will be a central element of Star Trek 2, which may also introduce the Klingons into the mix as well. Whatever the final decision is, this makes the new movie sound a lot more exciting than a straight Wrath of Khan or "Space Seed" remake. What do you think?

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