Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Poster

Benedict Cumberbatch: Khan



  • James T. Kirk : I watched you open fire in a room full of unarmed Starfleet officers. You killed them in cold blood.

    Khan : Marcus took my crew from me!

    James T. Kirk : You are a murderer!

    Khan : He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I have designed. But I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that Marcus had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. So I responded in kind. My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?

  • Khan : I'm going to make this very simple for you.

    Spock : Captain!

    Khan : Your crew for my crew.

    Spock : You betrayed us.

    Khan : Oh, you are smart, Mr. Spock.

    James T. Kirk : Spock, don't...

    [Khan knocks him down] 

    Khan : Mr. Spock, give me my crew.

    Spock : What will you do when you get them?

    Khan : Continue the work we were doing before we were banished.

    Spock : Which as I understand it involves the mass-genocide of any being you find to be less than superior.

    Khan : Shall I destroy you, Mr. Spock? Or will you give me what I want?

    Spock : We have no transporter capabilities.

    Khan : Fortunately, mine are perfectly functioning. Drop your shields.

    Spock : If I do so I have no guarantee that you will not destroy the Enterprise.

    Khan : Well, let's play this out logically then, Mr. Spock. Firstly, I will kill your captain to demonstrate my resolve, then if yours holds I will have no choice but to kill you and your entire crew.

    Spock : If you destroy our ship, you will also destroy your own people.

    Khan : Your crew requires oxygen to survive, mine does not. I will target your life support systems located behind the aft nacelle. And after every single person aboard your ship suffocates, I will walk over your cold corpses to recover my people. Now, shall we begin?

    Spock : ...Lower shields.

    Khan : A wise choice, Mr. Spock. I see all 72 torpedoes are still in their tubes. If they're not mine, Commander, I will know it.

    Spock : Vulcans do not lie. The torpedoes are yours.

    Khan : Thank you, Mr. Spock.

    Spock : I have fulfilled your terms. Now fulfill mine.

    Khan : Well Kirk, it seems apt to return you to your crew. After all, no ship should go down without her captain.

  • James T. Kirk : Why would a Starfleet admiral ask a three-hundred-year-old frozen man for help?

    Khan : Because I am better.

    James T. Kirk : At what?

    Khan : Everything. Alexander Marcus needed to respond to an uncivilized threat in a civilized time, and for that, he needed a warrior's mind - my mind - to design weapons and warships.

    Spock : You are suggesting the Admiral violated every regulation he vowed to uphold, simply because he wanted to exploit your intellect...

    Khan : He wanted to exploit my savagery! Intellect alone is useless in a fight, Mr. Spock. You, you can't even break a rule - how can you be expected to break bone? Marcus used me to design weapons. I helped him realize his vision of a militarized Starfleet. He sent you to use those weapons, to fire my torpedoes on an unsuspecting planet, and then he purposely crippled your ship in enemy space, leading to one inevitable outcome: the Klingons would come searching for whoever was responsible, and you would have no chance of escape. Marcus would finally have the war he talked about, the war he always wanted.

  • James T. Kirk : Why is there a man in that torpedo?

    Khan : There are men and women in all those torpedoes, Captain. I put them there.

    James T. Kirk : Who the hell are you?

    Khan : A remnant of a time long past. Genetically engineered to be superior so as to lead others to peace in a world at war. But we were condemned as criminals, forced into exile. For centuries we slept, hoping when we awoke things would be different. But as a result of the destruction of Vulcan your Starfleet begun to aggressively search distant quadrants of space. My ship was found adrift. I alone was revived.

    James T. Kirk : I looked up John Harrison. Until a year ago he didn't exist.

    Khan : John Harrison was a fiction created the moment I was awoken by your Admiral Marcus to help him advance his cause, a smokescreen to conceal my true identity. My name is... KHAN.

  • [from trailer] 

    Khan : Mr. Spock. The mind of the Enterprise. The fearless genius who ensures a calm force of intelligence guides their every mission. But look deeper and you will see an outsider who does not belong, a man of two worlds. This tears him apart, the constant battle between what he thinks and what he feels. What does he do? Does he follow his head, embracing logic and the path of reason? Or does he follow his heart, knowing the emotions he cannot control may destroy him? I will help him decide...

  • Khan : You think you world is safe? It is an illusion. A comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned to have my vengeance. So, shall we begin?

  • James T. Kirk : Let me explain what's happening here: you are a criminal! I watched you murder innocent men and women! I was authorized to *end* you! And the only reason why you are still alive is because I am allowing it. So *shut your mouth*!

    Khan : Captain, are you going to punch me again, over and over, until your arm weakens... clearly you want to. So tell me, why did you allow me to live?

    James T. Kirk : We all make mistakes.

    Khan : I surrendered to you because, despite your attempt to convince me otherwise, you seem to have a conscience, Mr. Kirk. If you did not, then it would be impossible for me to convince you of the truth. 23174611. Coordinates not far from Earth. If you want to know why I did what I did, go and take a look.

    James T. Kirk : Give me one reason why I should listen to you.

    Khan : I can give you 72. And they're on board your ship, Captain. They have been, all along.

  • Khan : [to Marcus]  You should have let me sleep!

    [crushes his skull] 

  • Khan : [to Carol]  If you think you are safe at warp, you're wrong.

  • Khan : My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?

  • [from trailer] 

    Khan : You are a pawn, Kirk. You can't even guarantee the safety of your own crew. Now, shall we begin?

  • [from trailer] 

    Khan : Darkness is coming.

  • Khan : I can save her.

    Thomas Harewood : What did you say?

    Khan : Your daughter. I can save her.

    Thomas Harewood : Who are you?

  • [from trailer] 

    Khan : Your commanders have committed a crime I cannot forgive. None of you are safe. Have I got your attention now?

  • James T. Kirk : Tell me everything you know about that ship.

    Khan : Dreadnought class. Two times the size, three times the speed. Advanced weaponry. Modified for a minimal crew. Unlike most Federation vessels, it's built solely for combat.

    James T. Kirk : I will do everything I can to make you answer for what you did. But right now I need your help.

  • Khan : Set destination: Starfleet Headquarters!

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