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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ plot details surface

- November 28th, 2012

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With only a few weeks before fans get to see the first official footage from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, plot details for the sequel have started to surface giving us additional tidbits about what we can expect.

It’s been speculated that the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, might in fact be a younger version of Khan Noonien Singh. In case you’re a newb Trekkie, Khan was the memorable antagonist from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan and the original series’ episode, Space Seed.

A synopsis released by Paramount via The Film Stage doesn’t exactly tell us whether the baddie will be Khan, but does give fans some idea of the challenges Captain James T. Kirk et al will face in the new film.

It reads: “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.”

Audiences will have a clearer picture when the first 9-minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness screens in IMAX theatres ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens Dec. 14.

The new sequel is written by Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and once again will star Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock). Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and Cumberbatch round out the cast.

The film is due May 17, 2013.

In the meantime, we want to know: Are you excited by the prospect of seeing a younger version of Khan in the new film? Let us know in the comments.

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10 comments

  1. jazzglory | November 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I think somebody has their information wrong.
    I heard that it will be crewman Mitchell that attains god like powers
    from an episode of the original series.

  2. James | November 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I gotta say, I have mixed feelings about seeing a younger Khan. While he’s a top-notch adversary for Kirk, we’ll know he won’t die in the end. It will affect how we watch each scene.
    One other comment, make sure you don’t miss the previews when you go see The Hobbit. Both Man of Steel and Star Trek. Wow.

  3. pk | November 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I think the Khan rumour came from the fake trailer that’s floating around out there. Khan’s a fantastic villain for the franchise – knowing he doesn’t die is irrelevant.

  4. JMDEMPC | November 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    With the new timeline and what has already occurred in it, does Khan really have any story line to delve into? Would this new timeline not have different arcs to follow?

  5. Mike | November 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    James, And how would we know that Khan wouldn’t die? Remember this is a reboot.

  6. James | November 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    @ Mike. I would hope the reboot’s producers learned their lesson when they destroyed the planet Vulcan. Real Trekkies (of which I am not) don’t like it when people mess with their continuum.

    @ pk. You’re somewhat right. While the movie can still be good even if we know he doesn’t, it still has the potential to minorly ruin scenes. Think about it. Kirk doesn’t have his phaser set to stun, and he’s pointing it right at Khan.Should be a tense moment, right? Wrong! He doesn’t shoot. Ya, I’m getting picky here. But my point is made.
    They had so many different options. Maybe there’s a person who helped make Khan evil. (See, I’m not a Trekkie. I don’t know his back story.) Focus on him, and tie in how he shaped Khan as a sub-story. Win-win for fans. They get their uber-baddie, plus the man who’s more bad than him!

  7. Jeff | November 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Khan as the baddy has a much better appeal than Mitchell. A one man weapon of mass destruction sounds more likely as the product of Khan Noonian Singh….aka Data’s creator as the story line went during the Enterprise series so am hopeful these writers are daring enough to exploit a daring alternate universe version of him.

  8. Will | November 29, 2012 at 1:48 am

    @Jazzglory – Mitchell as the baddie? Funny. I assume that was a joke?????? Mind you, once you blow up Vulcan really anything is possible. Hey, why don’t the producers just pair up Mitchell with Charlie X versus Kirk & Spock in a tag-team match? Can you say “BOOM!”? ;-) Maybe throw in Sally Kellerman’s character (forgot her name?) to Kirk’s side for a little balance in the godlike powers department.

    @Jeff Not so sure that Data’s creator is descended from Khan. I didn’t much care for Enterprise (was only good during the war with the alternate universe baddies imnsho) but I think I recall Data’s creator being descended from a crazy scientist who started the eugenics war. So he helped make Khan who he was, but he wasn’t his father or anything like that. (Can anyone confirm that???) Well, scratch that, because once you blow up Vulcan, well, you know the rest.

  9. Ken | November 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Well, the problem Khan as the villian…again…is that as a younger man, he and Kirk were from different eras. Khan and the Botany Bay were cryogenically frozen and sent off into space when Kirk and the gang revivved him a few hundrd years later. Sure, we can time travel…again… They should look to ST:NG for some different ideas!

  10. Snacks | December 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Problem with Khan… is like the problem with the recently Brandon Routh reboot of superman. In that Superman, the villain was once again Lex Luthor. Once again Lex Luthor was doing a crazy scheme to make $’s off real estate. Get the picture? Not only does Lex, a regular human, suck as a main villain to Superman but it was repeated. No creativity. No imagination… right down to the real estate scheme. So here we go with the reboot of Star Trek. It’s the new Star Trek II, so it’s time for Khan again? No creativity. No imagination. I hope the rumours are false. For the record, Khan was a great villian and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was a great movie. Unoriginality is growing in Hollywood? Why doesn’t anyone look at ‘Wolferain and the vampires of Congo’ for new ideas? Would inject a fresh look and vampires and zombies.

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