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It would have been better if Khan had stayed a good guy in Into Darkness. Admiral Marcus frames him as the Villain, and the Audience goes along with it because he's Khan. But he never turns on Kirk, and they fight Marcus together. TOS set him up for a redemption, noting that he acted defensively during the Eugenics Wars. All you have to do is convince Khan that the truly superior man has no need to force people to follow him, people would do it willingly if his leadership is actually superior.
At one point, I remember “Garth of Izar” was rumored to be the villain for Into Darkness.
If they had done this, a lot more of the movie would have made sense…
- Garth would have possibly had “magical healing blood” as he was given his ability to do “cellular metamorphosis” by an alien species. This was done so that Garth could stay alive, after being critically injured, if I recall correctly (but it also made him crazy).
- Garth was a genius Starfleet Captain so using his experience and intellect to create a monster starship would make sense.
- The casting of Dr. Strange as Garth would have actually have been perfect casting vs. Dr. Strange as a “young Montalban”.
- Garth was also insane and could have behaved very much like the Khan character that they went with.