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.
My money (and pretty much every other Trek fan's money at this point) for the villain of the piece is on Gary Mitchell. In the original series, Mitchell was Kirk's best friend who was granted god-like powers after smacking into the Galactic Barrier.
Gary Mitchell as the villain of Star Trek Into Darkness makes me a whole helluva lot happier than trying to force Khan on everyone. Mitchell isn't quite what you'd call iconic, but the character has a lot of room to become iconic. And in the hands of an actor like Cumberbatch, we may finally well get a Star Trek big bad that gives Khan a run for his money.