'Star Trek Into Darkness': Cumberbatch's Identity, Carol Marcus, And A New 'Trek' Villain Theory
Alice Eve is... Carol Marcus
Forget Benedict Cumberbatch and Klingon intrigue; it was revealed that Alice Eve is playing Carol Marcus, and that opens a very specific door into the past of Star Trek lore — specifically, The Wrath of Khan.
In 1982's The Wrath of Khan, Marcus (played by Bibi Besch) is the molecular biologist who shares a past and a grown son with Kirk. She creates the Genesis Device, which is stolen by Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban); later, her son is killed by Klingons.
The Marcus of STID is younger than she is in Wrath of Khan, of course, so Abrams' film will catch her at an earlier point in her story, according to Eve. And while there was no sign of a Genesis Device in any of the Star Trek Into Darkness preview materials, the opening nine minutes do feature Spock using a volcano deactivator, which houses three colored cubes of chemical compounds and a power source in a handheld case, and which can be used to neutralize an erupting volcano by creating an opposite effect — a freezing reaction.
Is STID merely setting up the Khan storyline to come, maybe one or two movies down the line? Have Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, and Bob Orci taken character and plot threads from throughout Trek canon to create a new twist on a familiar character in Harrison?
I'll leave you with this: Speaking with Eve on the rooftop of Bad Robot, I was impressed when she directly quoted the Star Trek: TOS episode "Charlie X." (It precedes "Where No Man Has Gone Before," AKA the Gary Mitchell episode of ST: TOS.) In it, "Charlie X" is Charlie Evans, a young man the Enterprise rescues from his solitary life on the planet Thasus who has been given godlike powers.
"Charlie X" meets the Gary Mitchell storyline in the (non-canon) fan mini-series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, which envisions an older, vengeful Charlie taking revenge on Kirk by going back in time to effectively kill him, creating an alternate timeline in which Mitchell has taken over the galaxy with the help of the alternate timeline version of another canon Trek character: Starfleet captain John Harriman.
Harriman... Harrison... Harriman... Harrison...
If we're talking canon (from which Cumberbatch's character is supposedly taken), Harriman appeared in Star Trek: Generations, played by Alan Ruck; he's the captain of the Enterprise-B and the man responsible for Kirk's eventual demise. The wild theorizing ends there, alas; from what we've seen of Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch's Harrison is an unfamiliar character whose true nature has yet to be revealed.
What do YOU think, my Trekkies? Lay all your theories down in the comments below.
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