for the last time, Cumberbatch did not play Khan. HE DIDN’T PLAY KHAN. OKAY?! His character’s name is John Harrison and from my understanding and vague recollection, he’s a legit character from either comics or old, old Star Trek. So stop saying they got the wrong guy to play Khan or tagging your pictures of the movie with him as Khan. JFC.
If you want a movie with Khan in it, go watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There’s your Khan. I’m done now.
Well, this clears up a massive point of confusion I had with regards to the whole Star Trek thing. Everyone was SUPER ANGRY about the (apparent, I guess) whitewashing - it did, last I checked, list him as Khan in IMDB but come to think of it I have no idea who updates that - but also there seemed to be a thing where there was some confusion as to who he was actually playing? But a lot of people seemed REALLY CERTAIN it was Khan so…?
My only remaining question is where this really strong conviction that he was Khan came from. Was it something the studio made up? Internet speculation taking on a life of its own?
So I guess I’m still confused, but less so than before. (I thought it was mostly just because I’m really not terribly familiar with Star Trek, but this all just seems really weird.)
According to Memory Alpha, John Harrison was an alias for Khan…
Yup, went and saw it. IDK I am just going to label myself as ‘not qualified to weigh in on this’ and leave it alone. Certainly I am not qualified to comment on any finer points especially since I haven’t seen the original stuff.
But also IDK about this version of Khan being the smartest dude ever, since mostly he just ran around and punched people a lot. There was none of the tension of the ‘heroes’ always seeming to be two steps behind the ‘villain’ and then finally triumphing against great odds that, say, Avengers did. It’s kinda boring when you are supposed to have what is I guess a super clever villain and no one is either fooled into truly trusting them or ever really outmaneuvered by them.
From where I stand, which is not having seen it yet, the problem is probably that Abrams etc don’t comprehend what made Wrath of Khan so emotionally successful to the fans. >_> I honestly do not think it is the kind of thing you can just recycle, really. Which is why I am happy to have successfully compartmentalized star trek and jjabrams trek in my mind, so I can probably watch without being unhappy :P
You have no idea how much self control I am exerting right now to not fly into a rant about how much the writing (plot structure and villain quality-wise) annoyed me.
So much self control.