Gary Mitchell is a character from the original TV series, originally appearing in ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before,’ an episode crafted as the second pilot for the show, and aired as the third episode. Mitchell is an old friend of Kirk’s, and an Enterprise crew member, who is granted powerful telepathic and telekinetic powers. Things don’t end well, with Mitchell and Kirk engaging in a deadly showdown.
Mitchell’s name has been mentioned in conjunction with this sequel, more than once. The first time was in this statement:
It’s definitely a character that will make fans of TOS excited. Think along the lines of Harry Mudd or Trelane or Gary Mitchell or the Talosians or the Horta. Actually it’s one of those that I named.
The second time was when Trek 2 producer and co-writer Roberto Orci said that Mitchell is one of five characters that are definitely not in the film.
So did Urban really mess up and give away the bad guy’s ID, or is this another piece of misdirection? We’re not likely to find out at Comic Con, as Paramount isn’t bringing movies to the event this year. And with Trek 2 not set for release until May 2013, we might have to wait a good while before getting any confirmation about the character.