This is the latest installment in a series of "Character Insight" articles regarding the rich history of characters in the Star Trek universe. An audio version will appear on the This Week in Trek podcast, available for direct download here.
Welcome back to Character Insight! This week, we continue with the Abrams timeline with a look at Dr. Carol Marcus.
Carol Marcus shows up in the Abrams timeline in the same setting as when she does in the prime timeline: in a movie about Khan. However, this time the crew is much younger and Carol Marcus is just meeting and flirting with Captain Kirk for the first time instead of being a previous lover and mother of the Captain's child. Her character was included in an initial draft of Star Trek 09, but it was cut early in refining the alternating character development scenes for Kirk and Spock.
Marcus smuggles herself aboard by forging orders for a new science officer when Spock is reassigned as first officer once again by Admiral Marcus. She serves an important role for this particular mission regarding advanced weaponry and torpedoes, as this is her specialty in applied physics. Of course, her most important contribution is being Admiral Marcus's daughter, which stops him from destroying the Enterprise when Khan is aboard.
In addition to serving these important roles, Marcus serves as more eye candy to give Uhura a break from being the only major female role. She gives Kirk a love interest, which will make for nice balance with the Spock-Uhura relationship if future movies are made about the five-year mission. She also provides the trademark horror scream for the movie trailers and the grossest moment of Into Darkness:
Our quote of the week comes from Into Darkness:
Carol: My father gave me access to every program he oversaw, when I heard he was developing these prototype torpedoes. And when I went to confront him about it, he wouldn't even to see me. That's when I discovered that torpedoes had disappeared from all official records.
Kirk: And then he gave them to me.
Carol: You're much clever than your reputation suggests, Captain Kirk.
Carol Marcus adds much needed diversity to the cast going forward, and a great English accent to join Scotty's European roots. She could be annoying with her high self-confidence bordering on being conceited, but that will likely also allow her to match wits with the womanizing Kirk of this timeline. She looks like a net positive add to the ensemble.
Actor: Alice Eve played Carol Marcus. She can also be seen in Men in Black 3, and in a starring role in She's Out of My League.