Star Trek: Into Darkness Characters Revealed?
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
There has been much secrecy surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve’s characters in Star Trek: Into Darkness. That hasn’t stopped fans from wondering who they’re playing, though! So who might they be? Let’s take a closer look!
In the nine-minute preview attached to The Hobbit in IMAX, it is revealed Alice Eve is playing Dr. Carol Marcus. This name may not jump out to the general public, but nerds will definitely note Marcus made her first appearance in a little movie called The Wrath of Khan. She invented the Genesis Device, used to make uninhabitable planets suitable for human life, and is also the mother of Kirk’s son.
That her character will be playing what appears to be a significant role lends itself to the belief that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Khan. Although he, and many of the cast and crew, denied this, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re faking us out. Khan is arguably the most well-known Star Trek villain, even having name recognition among non-fans. He was first introduced in the original series when he attempted to take over the Enterprise but is stopped by Kirk and exiled to Ceti Alpha V. He returned in The Wrath of Khan after he escaped his exile and sought revenge on Kirk.
Another guess as to whom he is playing has been Gary Mitchell. This summer, his co-star Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy) said, “…his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.” Mitchell appeared in the original television series as an academy friend of Kirk’s, who ends up a Starfleet lieutenant commander and ship navigator aboard Kirk’s first command. He gets possessed by the Galactic Barrier, though, and as he grows stronger he becomes a danger to the ship, which forces Kirk to maroon him on Delta Vega and kill him after he resists.
But just last week, Paramount released a press photo for the movie that credited him as John Harrison. Harrison appeared as a crewmember in fourteen episodes of the original series, including “Space Seed” which, incidentally enough, was the episode that introduced Khan.
So who do you believe? It’s no secret JJ Abrams enjoys misleading his audiences – do you think this is another one of those instances? Or are you tired of this endless speculation and just want to see the movie already?