By the end of the Star Trek reboot, James T. Kirk was now captain of the Starship Enterprise. So at the beginning of Star Trek Into Darkness, Captain Kirk should still firmly be the captain of the ship but how will he evolve into the captain we know and love from the TV series. After all, Captain Kirk is still pretty young and has a lot to learn to be a Federation Captain.
In a recent interview, actors Benedict Cumberbatch (John Harrison) and Alice Eve (Dr. Carol Marcus) talked about Captain Kirk’s evolution and journey as a Starfleet Captain through Star Trek Into Darkness.
Cumberbatch: Seriously though, Kirk really goes through it by the end of the film… The boy – sorry, the man – was so tired carrying that film, I’ve got to say. He’s brilliant in it, I’m really excited to see his performance.
Eve: A lot of us in the film, especially Spock and Bones, serve as Kirk’s alter egos of logic and morality, but I do think in this film, after winning the captaincy in the previous movie, we see him earn it… spiritually, really, and sort of philosophically. Other ways than the practical earning of it.
Cumberbatch: It’s like he’s the son in the first and the father in the second, almost, don’t you think? Not as an actual father, though, that’s not a storyline at all, but I mean that he’s become a father to his crew.