'Star Trek Into Darkness' Villain is Still a Mystery in Official Synopsis

November 26, 2012

Star Trek Into Darkness

For those fans who were hoping that an official synopsis might finally reveal what villain Benedict Cumberbatch might play in the anticipated 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the people at Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures are still playing their cards close to the Starfleet emblem on their chest. The official synopsis for the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 sci-fi franchise reboot has finally been revealed, and while it gives us a clear plot, and might even give a little too much away, there's still plenty of mystery surrounding the villain, who remains unnamed despite being described as quite the terrorist. More below!

Here's the official synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness released by Paramount Pictures:

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

When the sequel started shooting in January, this writer mentioned a strong desire for a "less generic villain who has more personal ties to someone on the crew of the Enterprise." The line of the synopsis that says Captain Kirk has a "personal score to settle" seems to satisfy my desires. It remains to be seen if the on-and-off rumors of Cumberbatch playing Khan, the iconic villain from the second original Star Trek franchise film, could end up being true. Either way, it sounds like this villain might end up killing someone on the crew if  "sacrifices must be made."

We can't wait to see what happens when the film arrives in theaters on May 17th, 2013. Be sure to check out the 9-minute prologue with select IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit, or the completely different theatrical trailer that will be attached to the other versions of the first installment of Peter Jackson's fantasy epic arriving in theaters on December 14th next month.

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Unless the "5 year mission" is midway or completely over it does not make sense for it to be Khan, as they likely have not met yet. This line " a one man weapon of mass destruction." leads me to think it is going to be Gary Mitchell. An old friend of Kirk's who gains god like powers in The Original Series. The villain could be Tribbles and I would still pony up my 10 bucks to see it. Probably more than once.

Brian Sleider on Nov 26, 2012


That's the good thing about a "re-boot" u don't have to stick with the same timeline of stories ! it's something or someone from within the Federation itself so it could be anybody they dream up with some kind of connection to the young James . Like maybe George Kirk sent Khan to the not-so-deserted Ceti Alpha 5 ( 6 ) , and Khan turns a Fed Officer to set up his revenge ....

Dominic A on Nov 27, 2012


That doesn't make sense because up till that point the time line was unchanged and the discovery of the Botany Bay was ~40 years away still. Also As bad ass as Khan is, he is no where near "weapon of mass Destruction" that Mitchell is.

Brian Sleider on Nov 27, 2012


I don't think the villain is Khan, but if it were him they don't necessarily have to redo Wrath of Khan. They could redo Space Seed, then it would fit the new timeline!

TrekkerBud on Nov 27, 2012


Its jimmy saville

picardshead on Nov 27, 2012


ah, tribbles - the bar fight from the original episode was so good - when scotty asked the klingon - "do you want to rephrase that laddy?" just knew there was going to be trouble. LOL

beevis on Nov 27, 2012


Dont care, I love the new star trek. Abrams has already got my money

Cody W on Nov 26, 2012


Two words... Gary Mitchell.

Keith M. Sedor on Nov 27, 2012


I love suprises!.

Gerardo Vazquez on Nov 27, 2012


Is Spock going to die in this one? lol

Brad White on Nov 27, 2012


Yeah, this sounds a lot like Gary Mitchell

Daniel Koelsch on Nov 27, 2012


Oh cool, they ended up using our agency's synopsis!

George Caltsoudas on Nov 27, 2012


I just left something nasty in the toilet and the wife's just described me as being " a one man weapon of mass destruction"

Paul Hepburn on Nov 27, 2012


If Simon Pegg is still mugging as Scotty, I'm definitely out.

castingcouch on Nov 27, 2012


Montgomery Scott was my favorite character in the original series... and Simon Pegg completely re-defines an already great ppersonality - count me in - again!!

SavageHawk on Nov 27, 2012


I think its Garth of Izar from the TOS episode "whom gods destroy". He's a former starfleet instructor and lengendary captain who's battle strategies were required reading at the Academy. He went mad and tried to destroy the federation until he was captured and sent to a remote planetary asylum. Into the darkness...

rt on Nov 27, 2012


He's not an "one man weapon of mas destruction" - but I would love to see a "Q" in this, or a future TREK

SavageHawk on Nov 27, 2012


Anyone thinking that Spock could be the sacrifice, killed by Khan(Tho I do like the Gary Mitchell idea). Sets up the third movie rather nicely.

Ben Loos on Nov 29, 2012

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