Star Trek 2 continues to move ahead, and it's hard to not think about the potential villains who might be causing havoc for the Enterprise crew. The last movie featured a Romulan from the future, Nero, whose arrival in the past immediately causes an alternate reality for Abrams and his creative team to start anew for future films.
Back in July, MTV spoke with writer/producer Damon Lindelof, who said the springboard for determining the antagonist for the next film was "to Khan or not to Khan."
"I think that to Khan or not to Khan was the jumping-off question," Lindelof explained. What followed was a heated debate and then a resolution. "Once we came to that decision, we stuck to our guns."
Even though Lindelof and company are keeping the villain they've decided on to themselves, there is no reason we can't imagine who that character might be.
Lindelof stated further in the interview that the next movie would focus more on characters who are not named Kirk or Spock.
"The first movie was really kind of designed as a buddy-cop movie," said Lindelof, citing the iconic Lethal Weapon pair of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh as examples. "That's definitely a huge theme of Trek and one that you cannot abandon. But I do think that the sequel is also going to want to explore other relationships," he added, "and certainly characters who are more in the background get to shine a little bit brighter."
Perhaps the villain will help focus on these "background" characters, perhaps even be one of them? Check out the list below and let us know your thoughts on villains we think should return to cause trouble in Star Trek 2.
First Appearance: Star Trek Nemesis
The Future Past: Remans were explored very briefly in the Next Generation continuity when they were they introduced in the Nemesis film. Then they were shown again in several episodes of Star Trek Enterprise. Given that they were so new to the franchise and never fully fleshed out, it would be interesting to see them approached in the Abrams canon of Star Trek. Remans are said, though it's never explicitly stated, to have descended from Vulcans like the Romulans. The three species share many similar features, such as pointed ears, humanoid appearance and limited telepathic abilities.
The Possible Star Trek 2 Future: This could make for an interesting plotline in the film, exploring another Vulcan enemy, while they try to rebuild their planet. It would be hard to imagine that Abrams and crew would want to use another Vulcan plotline for the sequel, but the Remans are one of the few Star Trek aliens we don't know a lot about. It would be cool, given the clean slate, to explore their origins and how they actually do relate to the Romulans and Vulcans.
First Appearance: Star Trek TOS Episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
The Future Past: A Starfleet lieutenant commander and ship's navigator named Gary Mitchell and Kirk were friends since he joined the service. Kirk asked for Mitchell to come aboard his first command. While aboard the Enterprise, Mitchell is "zapped" by the Galactic Barrier, which turns his eyes a glowing silver and grants him enhanced ESP powers. As he grows stronger, he becomes a danger to the ship and crew, so Kirk is forced to maroon him on the planet Delta Vega. Mitchell doesn't go quietly, however, and Kirk is forced to kill him on the planet's surface.
The Possible Star Trek 2 Future: The idea of making Mitchell, a Federation officer and friend to Kirk, the villain would be one of the ways you could break down Kirk's world and show the crew coming together ... not to mention that it's a great human element. This could also be the way Lindelof and crew figured out how to explore the characters beyond Kirk and Spock. You probably need to re-create the circumstances under which Mitchell becomes evil, but the idea is sound. The greatest thing about sequels is that they give people a chance to knock down the universe that was just created. Give the people who just won a defeat. The Dark Knight did it well, and The Empire Strikes Back is often referenced as a great example of this. So why not do that with Mitchell in this upcoming Star Trek film?
First Appearance: Star Trek TOS Episode: "The Squire of Gothos"
The Future Past: An interesting character, Trelane is like a cross between Liberace, the Scarlet Pimpernel and Jack Sparrow, plus he has always captured the fancy of Star Trek fans. A god with the mind of a child, you can't help but want to find a connection with Trelane and the later Q villain. And in the Peter David novel Q-Squared, Trelane is revealed to be a member of the Q Continuum, with Q being assigned as his mentor.
The Possible Star Trek 2 Future: Abrams could bring an interesting spin to a character like Trelane in the new universe. Wouldn't it be even more interesting if the Gary Mitchell and Trelane plotlines crossed in the next film? Seeing the Chris Pine Kirk in a battle of wits with this guy would be entertaining and fun. The only worry is that you risk just making this guy another Q, so the approach would really have to be distinct. It's the childlike nature of Trelane that is most interesting, so that might be a place to start.
First Appearance: Star Trek TOS episode: "The Devil in the Dark"
The Future Past: A non-traditional villain from the TOS episode "The Devil in the Dark," this is a silicon-based life form and not humanoid. In the episode, the Horta were difficult to detect with tricorders, and they're invulnerable to type 1 phasers, though they can be injured with an adjusted type 2 phaser. They feed on rock with the aid of an extremely corrosive acid. This acid is so corrosive that it only leaves fragments of bone and teeth if used on a human.
The Possible Star Trek 2 Future: J.J. Abrams loves monsters (i.e. Cloverfield, Super 8), and the Horta would give him an excuse to bring on some monster magic for his next Star Trek film. A Star Trek monster movie has never been done before, so it would be interesting to see Abrams portray the Horta in that regard. Perhaps he could go all Ridley Scott Alien on the next Star Trek, which would be something interesting. After all, Lindelof did just write Prometheus, a prequel to that film, so that isn't too far of a stretch, is it?
First Appearance: Star Trek TOS Unaired Pilot Episode: "The Cage"
The Future Past: There have been rumors of a Christopher Pike subplot in the next film, one that even connects in Robert April. The Talosians might be the thing that puts that subplot together. In the unaired TOS pilot episode "The Cage," the Enterprise, then led by Pike, heads to Talos IV, where the crew are met by the Talosians, who have insane telepathic skills. Living a life using illusion in an addictive way, these guys could be menacing and would certainly create a pretty trippy Star Trek film. The illusion-addicted aliens returned in the famed "Menagerie" episodes to give Pike a place to go where he could live out the rest of his days with the illusion that he has legs.
The Possible Star Trek 2 Future: This would be interesting to see Abrams tackle, given his record with the supernatural. Giving Bruce Greenwood more to do in the next film is always a great idea as well. The idea of showing the crew in a situation where they question their own reality, who they are, and their mission are all things these villains could manifest in a sequel. It would also allow for the development to focus on the other characters besides Spock and Kirk.
First Appearance: Star Trek TOS episode: "The Errand of Mercy"
The Future Past: This Klingon warrior has been all over the place in the Star Trek franchise. First appearing in the TOS episode "The Errand of Mercy" and then in later DS9 episodes, Kor would be a great way to make the Klingons the center of the next story, especially since we didn't see them at all in the last film. In the previous canon, Kor played key roles in many legendary battles against the Federation and the Romulan Empire.
The Possible Star Trek 2 Future: This guy could be the guy who gives Kirk his early mistrust of Klingons. Klingons are also some of the most famous species in the franchise, so making them the villains again would be fun. Sorry, Worf! But this alternate timeline could justify making the Klingons the center of Federation attention, and Kor as the main nemesis just seems logical. Wouldn't it be cool to have Michael Dorn play the character of Kor? Or is that asking too much?