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I would like Gary Mitchell about that. I have reading Star Trek: Mission's End Comics that Capt Kirk and Mitchell are together in NCC-1701 before Mitchell was killed by Kirk in TOS
It all depends on HOW these characters are done.I may be somewhat dense but even I missed the tribble cameo in the last movie the first time I saw it!It was subtle,perhaps TOO subtle.
For example I heard a rumor(I put no stock in it)that Jack Black was maybe going to be Mudd and thought...well,that's a horrible idea.It's not that I dislike Jack Black.He's not my favorite but I don't dislike him.I just don't see a Harry Mudd there.If they work in a kinda joky wink and a nod cameo like they did with Nurse Chapel(who isn't even fully seen in the new movie)then I could buy it.Seeing him hocking wifes or selling Venus drug in one brief scene,I could roll with that.
Trelane?Different story entirely.I don't know who would play him and if he were in the new one he would have to dominate the story.For that matter there's no real reason why we couldn't have Q show up.The Talosians?I just don't see their function since Pike now has a completely different lifepath.The Horta?Ummm...no.Not really buying that either even as a cameo and I don't think they'd be able to hold a larger role.
But Gary Mitchell?Now that has potential.Particularly since it's sort of unofficial canon that he may have introduced Kirk to Carol Marcus.Having him appear may lead to having her appear.Granted this is a new timeline not at all guarranteed to go the same way but there may be certain people just flat out fated to be in Kirk's life.I'd like that but not if Gary takes away from developing the characters we already have in place.That's my major wish for the sequel is more character development!
However all that said I have a little mind movie in my head(I'm sure a lot of fans do)and I think it would be pretty awesome if the new movie opened in media res like a James Bond movie right in the middle of the action.And in this case the action being the Kirk vs. Gorn fight from Arena.Maybe have it end differently to give it that Abrams twist but I'd love to see his take on the Gorn.Once I saw the Delta Vega creatures I thought to myself this guy's GOT to do the Gorn!