Originally Posted by Captain Tom Coughlin
I don't see them straying to far from the summer blockbuster high action formula, which would suggest some type of a villain. I do agree that villains are not a necessary part of Trek, but I think that in this new rebooted form that will be the direction they will go.
The pre reboot flicks more than established that template so I would tend to agree.
A protagonist needs an antagonist of some sort (another reason the Borg were retooled in FC) unless you're going for a whimsical and more lightweight mood like TVH.