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Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, for your viewing pleasure, we present a unique double feature. One that reflects a simpler time and optimistically romanticised view of the future, and at the same time, reflects the complexities of modern times and the horrors of a blighted past. Welcome to tonight's double feature: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed immediately by Captain America: The First Avenger! Now, you may be asking yourself why these two movies were selected to be screened back-to-back. Don't worry, we have a very good reason. That reason is: they're basically the same film. Now those of you who have been here for previous screenings of these two films must surely be asking, "How can these be in any way the same? One's about a superhuman wreaking revenge on an astronaut and the other is a war movie that includes a superhero!" Well, here's a list of reasons why these two films are actually the perfect pair.

The Heroes

James Kirk and Steve Rogers
James Kirk and Steve Rogers

James Kirk

Full name: James Tiberius Kirk

Height: 5'10"

Weight: 170 lbs.

Date and place of birth: 22 March 2233, Riverside, Iowa

Status at end of film: Demoted to Captain, retakes command of the USS Enterprise

Steve Rogers

Full name: Steven Grant Rogers

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 240 lbs.

Date and place of birth: 4 July 1918, Queens, New York

Status at end of film: World's first super-soldier, missing and presumed dead for 70 years until awakening in modern times

Both Kirk and Steve are handsome captains whom ladies swoon for. Kirk has been promoted to Admiral, but by the end of the film, he is demoted back to captain, so we'll just call him that for simplicity. Both come from less-than-wealthy families and volunteer to serve their country (or in Kirk's case, planet). Both receive incredible equipment upon joining their respective branch of service, and make new friends, many of which prove invaluable in the events to follow.

The Villains

Khan and Red Skull
Khan and Red Skull


Full name: Khan Noonien Singh

Height: 6'

Weight: 175 lbs.

Date and place of birth: 1970, India

Status at end of film: Deceased, body destroyed by Genesis Device

Red Skull

Full name: Johann Shmidt

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 195 lbs.

Date and place of birth: 1899, Germany

Status at end of film: Sucked into outer space, presumed dead

Khan and Red Skull are both the result of attempts to make superior men. Khan is a successful attempt, and Red Skull, a dismal failure. Both came away from being a science experiment with the firm belief that they were superior, and therefore entitled to make the world (or galaxy) bend to their wishes. Both begin their respective films seeking revenge on someone: Khan on Kirk and Red Skull on Doctor Abraham Erskine. Both are men of violent temperament and willing to do whatever they think necessary to achieve their twisted agenda, even if doing so means sacrificing some or all of their own followers. Both attempt to battle the man they regard as their personal enemy and end up dying in the process.

The Sidekicks

Bucky and Spock
Bucky and Spock


Full name: James Buchanan Barnes

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 150 lbs.

Date and place of birth: 10 March 1917, Queens, New York

Status at end of film: Missing and presumed deceased


Full name: S'chn T'gai Spock

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 180 lbs.

Date and place of birth: 2230, Planet Vulcan

Status at end of film: Deceased, body ejected into space, lands on new planet formed by activation of Genesis Device

At first glance, Bucky and Spock couldn't seem more opposite. Bucky is a brash, outspoken loudmouth of a guy who says what he's feeling. Spock is quiet and reserved, never allowing emotions to poke through his veneer of mathematical and logical detachment. However, both are fiercely loyal to their respective Captains, and both end up *apparently* giving their lives to save said Captains. However, both of them also miraculously appear alive and in the flesh in their respective franchises' next major film.

The Premise

Both of these movies open with a "superior" being seeking to have ultimate authority. Both however realize that there is an obstacle in their path. That obstacle? A beloved Captain who is bent on stopping them from conquering whatever they want. Both have a long series of battles with their Captains, each trying to wear them down. Ultimately, both manage to cause, whether directly or indirectly, the death of each Captain's closest friend. At this point, the Captains become more determined than ever to stop them, and promptly prepare for one final confrontation, which the two Captains obviously win, killing their villains in the process. The sidekicks, who are believed to be deceased, are, for the moment, out of the picture, but when the franchises' next big blockbusters are ready, both Spock and Bucky reappear, much to the shock and joy of the fans.

Thank you for coming and we hope you enjoyed tonight's double feature!


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