Who is Blackbeard?
Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, is an interesting character in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He has the power to control things supernaturally, wishes to live for ever of course and is completely focused on one person – himself. Jack Sparrow provides the contrast in fourth in the series of Pirates of the Caribbean.
From the first three movies we have the wildly fantasy driven version of the pirate world. In the fourth installment the villain has to fill the proper role. In order to make Blackbeard fit he was given powers including the ability to bring the dead back into zombie form, make captured ships shrink to fit into bottles and of course control his ships using the three Triton gems.
Blackbeard and Jack Sparrow – Total Opposites
The movie hero, Jack Sparrow at times seems selfish and diabolical has turned quite soft and even more lovable by the fourth installment. In general he is working towards the good of everyone around him. It would seem that at some point Jack has taken the journey of being the hero and even though the “pirates life is for me – savvy” – he really isn’t a true pirate but he still likes to play by his own rules.
On the other hand Blackbeard is indeed a true pirate in the sense that its about him and everyone else be damned. Even at the expense of his own daughter as we learn at the end. He is truly black hearted.
Blackbeard is a very, very baaaaad guy!
We see the same type of thing happening in many other popular fiction. For example in the whole vampire wave of movies and tv shows. If you think about Twilight for example, we have the good and bad vampires. The good vampires while still the undead and presumptively somehow the spawn of evil, they are now good and don’t want to hurt humans. Of course that is why Bella is so in love – they sparkle, they are hot, and so much more – whats not to like.
Blackbeard follows in a long line of villains are haven’t gone good but have stayed bad and now of course he is dead. Or at least we presume he is dead – one never knows in the universe of Pirates of the Caribbean. You can pretty well bet the pirates in the famous Disney ride were all the “good” pirates!
Blackbeard Clip – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Blackbeard on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is portrayed by British actor Ian McShane. McShane is also a producer, director and voice artist.
Disney couldn’t have made a better choice for an actor to play the heartless Blackbeard. McShane doesn’t only have the strong, rather menacing features suitable for the role, but his experience as a voice artist served him well here.
His credits include multiple TV series including Kings and Pillars of Earth and films such as Jack the Giant Slayer and Kung Fu Panda. He was even a guest star on the popular cartoon series Spongebob Squarepants.
Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides: Barbossa vs. Blackbeard (Blackbeard’s death)