Stop reading if you haven’t seen the movie yet, as obviously this will be a big spoiler.
I think Star Trek into Darkness should have ended with Kirk dead. I don’t care if they revive them in the next one, that’s fine. A friend told me:
I didn’t even realize that Kirk was dying, they wouldn’t kill him, it was just a small setback.
I think story tellers should be bolder and surprise us more.
I think they should have shown McCoy doing something with the body that can be later, in another movie, revealed as putting it in stasis. I think Spock shouldn’t have chased Kahn and have a fist fight. He should have been busy making sure the good of the many outweigh the revenge of the one by saving the Enterprise and making sure his crew was out of danger.
Hold on Pablo… you mean you want to end a movie with one of the main characters dead?
Yes, that would have been brave, although not new. Someone did it before and it might be familiar:
What about Kahn?
He should have run away. That’s it. Hold on… even better… he should have fled with his crippled ship.
But then… the bad guy won?
Yes. It would have been brave and it would have built a lot of tension and expectations for the next movie. Although, it wouldn’t have been the first franchise to have the bad guys win in one of their movies: