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Carol Marcus was omitted from {{film|3}}, because Executive Producer [[Harve Bennett]] decided not to use her in the story, as a cut-back to that [[Star Trek films|film]]'s budget. (''[[Trek: The Unauthorized Story of the Movies]]'', 3rd ed., p. 87)
 
Carol Marcus was omitted from {{film|3}}, because Executive Producer [[Harve Bennett]] decided not to use her in the story, as a cut-back to that [[Star Trek films|film]]'s budget. (''[[Trek: The Unauthorized Story of the Movies]]'', 3rd ed., p. 87)
   
Carol Marcus was in an early script draft of the film {{film|11}}, in a scene set during Kirk's adolescence.[http://io9.com/5249752/the-shatner-scene-you-never-saw-in-abrams-star-trek]
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Carol Marcus was in an early script draft of the film {{film|11}}, in a scene set during Kirk's adolescence. [http://io9.com/5249752/the-shatner-scene-you-never-saw-in-abrams-star-trek]
   
 
=== Apocrypha ===
 
=== Apocrypha ===
According to the CD-ROM game [[Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (PC)|''Star Trek: 25th Anniversary'']], Carol Marcus was assigned as the Chief of Research on a Federation Research Station, Ark-7, near the [[Romulan Neutral Zone]], in [[2268]].
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According to the CD-ROM game ''[[Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (PC)|Star Trek: 25th Anniversary]]'', Carol Marcus was assigned as the chief of research on a Federation Research Station, Ark-7, near the [[Romulan Neutral Zone]], in [[2268]].
   
 
Carol Marcus appears in the ''[[Star Trek: Vanguard]]'' novel series, set shortly before and during the early part of the original series and centered around Starbase [[47]], code-named "Vanguard" ({{mbeta|Vanguard (station)}}). Dr. Marcus was assigned as the civilian chief scientist of the Vault, a top-secret laboratory at Vanguard established following the discovery of the Taurus meta-genome ({{mbeta|Taurus meta-genome}}). The series implies that the research into the meta-genome provided the basis for Project Genesis. Her [[mirror universe]] counterpart appears in a similar position in ''[[The Sorrows of Empire]]''.
 
Carol Marcus appears in the ''[[Star Trek: Vanguard]]'' novel series, set shortly before and during the early part of the original series and centered around Starbase [[47]], code-named "Vanguard" ({{mbeta|Vanguard (station)}}). Dr. Marcus was assigned as the civilian chief scientist of the Vault, a top-secret laboratory at Vanguard established following the discovery of the Taurus meta-genome ({{mbeta|Taurus meta-genome}}). The series implies that the research into the meta-genome provided the basis for Project Genesis. Her [[mirror universe]] counterpart appears in a similar position in ''[[The Sorrows of Empire]]''.
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In the novelization of ''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (novel)|Star Trek III]]'' and ''[[Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (novel)|Star Trek IV]]'', the relationship between Kirk and Carol breaks down when she discovers Starfleet's intentions to hush up information about Genesis – something Kirk had nothing to do with. She elects instead to pay condolence calls on the families of the Regula One staff that were murdered by Khan. It is during one of these visits that she is informed of David's own slaughter.
 
In the novelization of ''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (novel)|Star Trek III]]'' and ''[[Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (novel)|Star Trek IV]]'', the relationship between Kirk and Carol breaks down when she discovers Starfleet's intentions to hush up information about Genesis – something Kirk had nothing to do with. She elects instead to pay condolence calls on the families of the Regula One staff that were murdered by Khan. It is during one of these visits that she is informed of David's own slaughter.
   
At the beginning of the [[Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (novel)|''Star Trek VI'' novel]], Carol is visiting one of the families again on the Themis colony (presumably over 15 years after the Genesis incident) when it is attacked by Klingons – presumably General Chang, using the prototype Bird-of-Prey that will later cause the ''Enterprise'' crew trouble. Carol is severely injured and on life support, news which affects Kirk deeply; over the years, he and Carol had healed the rift over David's death and became friends again, and they were planning on making a life together after his retirement. For this reason, his hatred of Klingons is even more extreme in the novel than in the movie – not only did they kill his son, they may have also killed his future life partner.
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At the beginning of the [[Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (novel)|''Star Trek VI'' novel]], Carol is visiting one of the families again on the Themis colony (presumably over fifteen years after the Genesis incident) when it is attacked by Klingons – presumably General Chang, using the prototype Bird-of-Prey that will later cause the ''Enterprise'' crew trouble. Carol is severely injured and on life support, news which affects Kirk deeply; over the years, he and Carol had healed the rift over David's death and became friends again, and they were planning on making a life together after his retirement. For this reason, his hatred of Klingons is even more extreme in the novel than in the movie – not only did they kill his son, they may have also killed his future life partner.
   
 
In [[William Shatner]]'s novel ''[[The Ashes of Eden]]'', Carol and Kirk are initially shown living together in Kirk's San Francisco apartment. However, their relationship seems strained due to Kirk's restlessness regarding his retirement. He ultimately decides to join the Klingon/Romulan hybrid Teilani on a mission to her homeworld, leaving Carol behind.
 
In [[William Shatner]]'s novel ''[[The Ashes of Eden]]'', Carol and Kirk are initially shown living together in Kirk's San Francisco apartment. However, their relationship seems strained due to Kirk's restlessness regarding his retirement. He ultimately decides to join the Klingon/Romulan hybrid Teilani on a mission to her homeworld, leaving Carol behind.
   
During the ''[[The Genesis Wave|Genesis Wave]]'' series, it is revealed that Carol is still alive well into the twenty-fourth century, having been concealed on a distant planet during the [[Dominion War]] to prevent her knowledge from falling into the wrong hands. Despite the precautions taken to secure information about the Genesis Project, Carol is captured by a race of sentient plants capable of creating mental illusions, who trick her into creating the 'Genesis Wave', a wave of energy that terraforms all planets in its path into something that can be inhabitated by this species. However, Carol manages to shake off their illusions during a brief period of illness, and, accompanied by [[Maltz]]- the sole Klingon survivor of the original Genesis catastrophe- she destroys the space station that would have launched a second Genesis Wave, both she and Maltz dying in the process.
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During the ''[[The Genesis Wave|Genesis Wave]]'' series, it is revealed that Carol is still alive well into the twenty-fourth century, having been concealed on a distant planet during the [[Dominion War]] to prevent her knowledge from falling into the wrong hands. Despite the precautions taken to secure information about the Genesis Project, Carol is captured by a race of sentient plants capable of creating mental illusions, who trick her into creating the "Genesis Wave", a wave of energy that terraforms all planets in its path into something that can be inhabited by this species. However, Carol manages to shake off their illusions during a brief period of illness, and, accompanied by [[Maltz]]- the sole Klingon survivor of the original Genesis catastrophe- she destroys the space station that would have launched a second Genesis Wave, both she and Maltz dying in the process.
   
 
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Dr. Carol Marcus in 2284
Dr. Carol Marcus in 2284
Gender: Female
Species: Human
Status: Active (2285)
Children: One son, David Marcus (deceased: 2285)
Played by: Bibi Besch

Doctor Carol Marcus was one of the leading molecular biologists in the Federation. She devoted her life to her research.

During the late 2250s or early 2260s, Carol became involved with a young Starfleet officer named James T. Kirk and, in 2261, she gave birth to their son, David. However, she felt that they had no basis for a lasting relationship, with Kirk traveling around the universe while she worked in a lab, so she asked that Kirk leave her alone to raise the boy. That they both cared more for their careers than they did for each other was never disputed. As Carol saw it, she and Kirk lived in entirely different worlds, and she wanted her son to be raised in hers.

Carol continued with her work. She enjoyed much success and, in 2284, she proposed the most ambitious and potentially dangerous of her plans to the Federation, dubbed "Project Genesis". Once her proposal was accepted for Federation funding, she began a three-stage development process, accompanied by a highly skilled team of scientists which included her son, Dr. David Marcus.

She and her team made remarkable progress and, by 2285, they were ready to try out their new invention. However, before they could find a suitable planet on which to test the Genesis Device, Khan Noonien Singh and his band of "supermen" intervened, bringing Kirk back into her and David's life.

Though she didn't share her son's mistrust of Starfleet, she was incensed when told that her project and all her files were to be taken by the crew of the USS Reliant, under orders of the new Admiral Kirk. She was determined to fight this unexpected incursion into her territory, though she was willing to give her former lover the benefit of the doubt. When it turned out to be Khan, not Kirk, who stole the Genesis Device, she gratefully accepted Kirk's assistance.

Throughout the quest to save the device from Khan's evil plans, it was apparent that, although Carol Marcus still felt affection for Kirk, her true love was her work. Even as havoc was erupting all around, she gazed on the glory of the Genesis Planet forming exactly as her specifications and years of research had indicated it would. The Genesis Project appeared to be a success, and her pride in her work was unmistakable.

The encounter with Khan gave Carol the opportunity to tell David who his father was and to mend some old wounds between her and Kirk. When her son was later killed by Klingons on the Genesis Planet, Carol was left with her projects and her research, the life that had sustained her for many years. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

Almost a century later, in 2374, Captain Kathryn Janeway referred to Dr. Marcus in her captain's log, when Janeway was in search of the omega molecule and found herself having to face enforcing the Omega Directive. In her log, she noted that, in spite of her apprehensiveness, she now knew how Carol Marcus must have felt when she developed the Genesis Device, watching helplessly as science took a destructive course. Janeway, however, noted that, unlike Marcus, she had at least chance to prevent it from happening. (VOY: "The Omega Directive")

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Background

Carol Marcus was played by actress Bibi Besch. Early drafts of Star Trek II featured Dr. Janet Wallace from "The Deadly Years" in the role of Kirk's old flame. It has been suggested that Carol was the "blonde lab technician" Kirk was introduced to by Gary Mitchell years earlier, mentioned in "Where No Man Has Gone Before". Of course, it also could have been Janet Wallace or some other woman we never saw.

Carol Marcus was omitted from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, because Executive Producer Harve Bennett decided not to use her in the story, as a cut-back to that film's budget. (Trek: The Unauthorized Story of the Movies, 3rd ed., p. 87)

Carol Marcus was in an early script draft of the film Star Trek, in a scene set during Kirk's adolescence. [1]

Apocrypha

According to the CD-ROM game Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Carol Marcus was assigned as the chief of research on a Federation Research Station, Ark-7, near the Romulan Neutral Zone, in 2268.

Carol Marcus appears in the Star Trek: Vanguard novel series, set shortly before and during the early part of the original series and centered around Starbase 47, code-named "Vanguard" (Vanguard (station) (β)). Dr. Marcus was assigned as the civilian chief scientist of the Vault, a top-secret laboratory at Vanguard established following the discovery of the Taurus meta-genome (Taurus meta-genome (β)). The series implies that the research into the meta-genome provided the basis for Project Genesis. Her mirror universe counterpart appears in a similar position in The Sorrows of Empire.

In the novelization of Star Trek III and Star Trek IV, the relationship between Kirk and Carol breaks down when she discovers Starfleet's intentions to hush up information about Genesis – something Kirk had nothing to do with. She elects instead to pay condolence calls on the families of the Regula One staff that were murdered by Khan. It is during one of these visits that she is informed of David's own slaughter.

At the beginning of the Star Trek VI novel, Carol is visiting one of the families again on the Themis colony (presumably over fifteen years after the Genesis incident) when it is attacked by Klingons – presumably General Chang, using the prototype Bird-of-Prey that will later cause the Enterprise crew trouble. Carol is severely injured and on life support, news which affects Kirk deeply; over the years, he and Carol had healed the rift over David's death and became friends again, and they were planning on making a life together after his retirement. For this reason, his hatred of Klingons is even more extreme in the novel than in the movie – not only did they kill his son, they may have also killed his future life partner.

In William Shatner's novel The Ashes of Eden, Carol and Kirk are initially shown living together in Kirk's San Francisco apartment. However, their relationship seems strained due to Kirk's restlessness regarding his retirement. He ultimately decides to join the Klingon/Romulan hybrid Teilani on a mission to her homeworld, leaving Carol behind.

During the Genesis Wave series, it is revealed that Carol is still alive well into the twenty-fourth century, having been concealed on a distant planet during the Dominion War to prevent her knowledge from falling into the wrong hands. Despite the precautions taken to secure information about the Genesis Project, Carol is captured by a race of sentient plants capable of creating mental illusions, who trick her into creating the "Genesis Wave", a wave of energy that terraforms all planets in its path into something that can be inhabited by this species. However, Carol manages to shake off their illusions during a brief period of illness, and, accompanied by Maltz- the sole Klingon survivor of the original Genesis catastrophe- she destroys the space station that would have launched a second Genesis Wave, both she and Maltz dying in the process.

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