Alice Eve’s ‘Star Trek 2′ Character (And More Story Details) Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

You’ve see the first Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer. We’ve seen the nine-minute prologue. Now it’s time to share a few bits of information that Paramount Pictures gave us the go-ahead on.

If you don’t mind learning a little more about the plot, characters and some sequences for Star Trek Into Darkness, read on, because we’re going to tell you all about Alice Eve’s character and how it could be the biggest hint yet at who Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain is.

When Alice Eve was cast into J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, no information was given about her role. Unofficial set photos revealed her wearing starfleet uniforms, but all we had was our theories and the speculation that came with it. The one-minute Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer provided the official first look at Eve’s character, but with no dialogue outside of Cumberbatch’s intimidating voiceover, there was nothing to go on outside of the visuals. We can now confirm that Alice Eve is playing Dr. Carol Marcus.


*Spoiler Warning: The discussion ahead shares a few details from the Star Trek Into Darkness prologue and additional revelations from the film’s story*


What we saw in the trailer was Eve in two different sets of Starfleet attire, sharing a moment with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and another where she’s reacting with a frightful scream to some horrifying event or situation. Based on the visuals alone, we noted that her hairstyle and uniform match that of a character named Elizabeth Dehner (side-by-side image below).

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Dehner is a psychiatrist who in the original Star Trek series episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before” came aboard the Enterprise to study the long-term effects space travel may have on its crew. On that particular mission to the galactic barrier, Dehner and Kirk’s friend, ship’s helmsman Gary Mitchell, gained godlike psychic powers after being struck by an unknown energy. Mitchell of course is one of the rumored possibilities for who Benedict Cumberbatch may be playing in Star Trek Into Darkness, and with the visual similarity between Alice Eve and Sally Kellerman (who played Dehner), this was one working theory for the pairing of characters. Or it could be intentional (and fitting) misdirection on the part of the Star Trek 2 creative time.

We now know however, that Alice Eve is actually playing another scientist, Dr. Carol Marcus (originally played by Bibi Besch – see clip up top), a molecular biologist for Starfleet. In the original timeline, Marcus and Kirk fell in love and had a son named David. From the one-minute Into Darkness teaser depicting a smile between Alice Eve’s Marcus and Chris Pine’s Kirk, it’s very likely that we will see the beginnings of their relationship.

The more interesting ideas we can draw from this revelation however, are in what this means for Benedict Cumberbatch’s character and the plot of the film. Carol Marcus was introduced in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when Khan raids her Project Genesis research station. We also learn here that Marcus and Kirk had a falling out many years prior. She (and their son, David) work together on Project Genesis – a key story point for the original Star Trek 2 & 3. In the third film, David dies at the hands of Klingons on the Genesis planet, who were there to acquire the Project Genesis device to use as a weapon just as Khan tried to.

Why is this important?

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In the nine-minute IMAX prologue, we meet a couple played by Nazneen Contractor and Noel Clarke. Their daughter is very sick, aging too fast in a London-based hospital on Earth, and the outlook isn’t positive. While stepping outside to catch some air, Benedict Cumberbatch’s character approaches Clarke and simply says he can help save his daughter. How? Could it be through Abrams’ version of the origins of Project Genesis or some special ability he has?

From what we’ve learned at Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness press event, the film will include scenes on the Klingon homeworld Qo’noS and viewers will see Klingons shown without their helmets. Combine that with the fact Alice Eve is playing Dr. Carol Marcus, and there are a growing number of connections between Into Darkness and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock).

How does Benedict Cumberbatch fit into all of this? We learned from the first official Star Trek 2 still released today that his character is named John Harrison, at least as an alias. With Bob Orci telling that Cumberbatch is not playing Gary Mitchell (his story was told in the in-canon Abrams universe IDW Star Trek comics) but is definitely a character from Trek canon, and with Alice Eve playing Carol Marcus, there’s more evidence piling for the Khan camp, especially if Cumberbatch’s solution to save the dying girl is through some process related Project Genesis… or genetic engineering (recall: Marcus is a molecular biologist). But that’s just speculation.

We don’t yet know and from the footage we cannot conclusively determine who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing. If not Mitchell or Khan, what other character from the original series or films do you believe would fit?

J.J. Abrams returns to direct Star Trek Into Darkness off a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci. It stars Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters (regular and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013.

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Sources:, Cinema Blend, HitFix

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  1. Ed: The story opens on these mysterious explosions.

    Ed: Nobody knows what’s causing them but it’s upsetting all the buffalo!

    Ed: So the military are called in to solve the mystery!!

    Old Man: You forgot the octopus.

    Ed: No, no! I’m saving that for my big underwater climax!!!

  2. The new star trek franchise is a good one because it is catering to everyone even the less trek savvy people

  3. This thread went from cool to geek to nerd

  4. **Subplot theory **

    What if Spock is working with Carol Marcus on the Genesis Device to recreate Vulcan? Spock prime could have nudged him in that direction and would know the reasons why it failed.

    • Ooooooooo I like that idea!

      • @Dave:

        I think the only problem with that theory is that in order to use the genesis device you’d presumably need a planet, and there is no Vulcan. It makes dead planets have life again but doesn’t create new planets from scratch.

        I’m pretty certain that Leonard Nimoy is in this one tho’. :)

        • Well there hasn’t been any leaked Spock pics so I doubt Leonard is in this one.

          Star Trek 2 genesis device exploded on the Relient and created a planet.

          I like the theory of Gmitchell, Klingons finding space seed and hint at Kahn for STIII.

        • But in the STII, the Genesis detonated in space (or rather, on board Khan’s ship) and the “Genesis Planet” was formed. So it did make a planet from scratch. Just an entirely unstable planet.

            • No, Genesis is not a Terraformer in the normal sense. Terraforming by its definition makes a planet hospitable for Humans to live on.

              Genesis, created plants and life forms that were encoded into its matrix.

              Genesis = TITAN AE.

              And Genesis Device was detonated in the MUTRA NEBULA. There were no planets.

            • The Genesis device detonated,used the mass of the nebula itself to create the planet,hence why the nebula vanished.

        • Genesis was never launch into a planet in Star Trek II at all it went off in the nebula.

        • That doesn’t work. The Genesis project wasn’t completed until “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” (1982), many years later. And @Dave is correct, you need an uninhabitable planet to shoot the Genesis into, and it transforms that planet into a livable one. Without a Vulcan, Genesis has nothing to transform.

    • That actually ties in very very well. Good idea.

      On the Khan/Gary Mitchell debate that sprang up over the teaser. This is actually the best outcome. EVERYONE was wrong. Good enuff.

  5. Colonel Green also dealt in eugenics.

    • He did? I don’t remember that, I’ll have to look that up. I’d love to see Colonel Green come back somehow one day.

  6. “If not Mitchell or Khan, what other character from the original series or films do you believe would fit?”

    It’s gotta be Harry Mudd.

    • I think Cochran or Kodos seem to be the best bets. Or maybe the mysterious man from the other ship in ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’, the one that couldnt repel their own version of Gary Mitchell.

    • Charlie X? Trelane?

  7. I wonder if it could be Commodore Matt Decker (Doomsday Machine). Perhaps in this timeline, he lost his family and crew, and wanted to bring them back somehow. After Nero’s Narada was discovered in the neutral zone (Star Trek1), the Klingon’s analysis of the Narada may had prematurely advanced their technology. That could be why John Harrisman is there and took up an alias, to avoid being identified as a starfleet officer.

  8. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Jean-Luc Picard. He’s the guy that would’ve captained the Enterprise had Kirk not ended the Romulan threat and showed great command of and rapport with the crew. The Enterprise is sent on a mission early on in Into Darkness and it ends in catastrophe – think a non-simulation Kobayashi Maru. It will affect Picard on a personal level, and Picard knows that if he was in charge of the ship, it would’ve gone better.

    Knowing all of Starfleet’s tactics, weaponry, people of importance etc., Picard becomes a space-vigilante with a very black-and-white view on morality. There’s a galaxy of dangerous alien species. He eventually puts people in more danger that those he ruthlessly hunts down. When Starfleet turn their attention to him, he has no intention of coming in quietly.

    Basically, even in-universe, everyone prefers Kirk to Picard. My two cents.

    • Reno…Step away from the alcohol.

      Please, what the HE Double Hockey Sticks was that?

      • Actually, it was sleep deprivation, but I can see where you’re coming from. Me, drunk, pitching this movie to a guy I thought was JJ Abrams, but was simply some poor man who’s evening I was ruining. I get that mental image. Sorry.

  9. I beleive Into Darkness introduces Cumberbatch’s character as being Colonel Green from ST:TOS episode “Savage Curtain”. If this is true, this movie could be very intriguing how it plays out. The Klingon introduced in “Into Darkness” could be “Kahless” as was in “Savage Curtain”. Another unique character from the old episode was Ghengis Khan. Khan? Sound familiar? See where this could go? Carol Marcus and Genesis creating human life (Spock being reborn after death as was in STII.) Colonel Green exploiting Genesis tech to bring back life to those major heavy hitters from “Savage Curtain” to bring chaos to the universe. The only thing from “Savage Curtain” we do not need…Abraham Lincoln. Enough movies out already about him.

    • What everyone in theories seems to be forgetting at times, is that this all takes place 30 years before “Wrath of Khan” or the “Genesis” device being even thought up. This is recreation of canon from the original series time frame, twisted though due to the events in star Trek 2009.
      If Kahn is in the movie, he is floating around in deep space, or waiting to be found by someone.

      • What you seem to be forgetting is that this is an alternate universe. Anything can happen. The people behind these new Star Trek films can draw on old canon if they want or they can make up completely original stories. There will be a lot of nods and winks to the old Star Trek, but if they want to have a Genesis device early in their timeline, why shouldn’t they? That’s the whole point of an alternate universe! Similar basic facts, different stories.

  10. It’s Colonel Green for sure. See IMDB and note Peter Weller’s character is unnamed. Why? Answer: his name would give away the Cumberbatch role. Weller’s playing John Frederick Paxton in the past or his [enhanced] clone in the present. Look it up and you will see the role on “Enterprise” where he played a devotee and disciple of Green who also had the genetic chops to make a baby from Trip and Topol’s stolen DNA. So… He cloned and enhanced/augmented Green and perhaps himself. If the original Paxton did it all, Green was either on ice till now or extremely long-lived. The Klingon’s genetic experiments may play into this or not. Bottom line: It’s Green, baby!!!

  11. I’m glad they didn’t have a Ricardo Molteban type with the silly cheesy Dracula accent. You would almost expect Tatoo to come out dressed as Today with another Dracula accent point to the Starship and say Boss le plane, le plane. Can you say let phew!