As long as the concept of reality has existed, there has been a war between the Fans of Trek and those of Wars. Vicious battles have been fought, evil atrocities committed on both sides, yet in the past few years there has been a slowly-evolving truce between the two factions. General J.J. Abrams attempted to unite the warring fandoms with the announcement that he would direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, just after directing two Star Trek movies. Despite this, there were still radicals who denounced this attempt at peace, calling for further bloodshed. Latest developments likely won’t heal those wounds, but it is certainly a step further in doing so.
The Hollywood Reporter unveiled the news that Paramount has emerged as the first victor in a bloody race to nabbing screen time in front of The Force Awakens for their trailers, slapping the first piece of footage for Star Trek Beyond on there. This is, of course, wonderful; it means we get a look at the first non-Abrams directed instalment in over a decade (Justin Lin took up residence on the U.S.S. Enterprise after J.J. fucked off to the Falcon).
Many fans have been divided over the previous two movies – particularly on Into Darkness – but I enjoyed them both with the first movie having the edge, and am excited to see what Lin has done with the franchise. Plus, it’s got Idris Elba in it. C’mon, man. That’s enough to make any film worth seeing.
It will still get competition, however. As you would guess, tons of other movies are vying for even a tiny spot in front of what is sure to be one of the biggest movies of all time, if not the biggest. Some of those flicks include such juggernauts as Batman v Superman, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, X-Men: Apocalypse and Independence Day: Resurgence. And that’s not including the Disney movies like Civil War, Jungle Book and Finding Dory.
Okay, such juggernauts as Batman v Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse and Independence Day: Resurgence.
You can (finally) check out Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and the first Star Trek Beyond trailer – next Friday, although I’d be very, very surprised if you didn’t know that.