Regardless of starring in and co-writing the final Star Trek movie, Simon Pegg absolutely admits that they’ll by no means come near being as in style because the Marvel films.
Star Trek got here to theaters in 2009 with a brand new solid and new perspective and have become probably the most profitable entry within the franchise’s historical past. A home haul of almost $257 million is spectacular. However a more in-depth have a look at the numbers reveal that the reboot made simply $127 million internationally. Nonetheless, it was sufficient to warrant a sequel and 4 years later got here Star Trek Into Darkness, which presently stands because the highest-grossing Trek film at $467 million worldwide. However these numbers nonetheless pale compared to Marvel. For context, Thor: The Darkish World, thought of one of many worst Marvel pics ever, made $644 million globally.
Pegg is properly conscious of this reality, too, which is why a Star Trek 4 has but to come back to fruition. In keeping with him, the sequence has a particular fan base that simply doesn’t journey in addition to superhero movies.
“The actual fact is, the enchantment of Star Trek is barely extra area of interest than the enchantment of, say, the Marvel films, which make big quantities of cash, and have this actually, actually broad enchantment they usually do very properly. I feel Star Trek is just a bit bit extra area of interest, so it isn’t gonna hit these form of numbers. So sure, the plain factor to do could be to not go for that huge spectacle, go for one thing a bit bit extra restrained within the vein of the unique sequence. Sure, that may be a superb factor to do, and I’m positive it in all probability has been mentioned… You specialize a bit bit extra.”
After all, Pegg and firm did go for extra restraint in Star Trek Past. The third entry within the reboot felt extra like an prolonged episode of the present fairly than a large spectacle. Sadly, it additionally earned lower than the primary two films, with $343 million.
If there’s a silver lining to all this, it’s that Paramount doesn’t precisely have quite a lot of franchises for the time being. They bought the cinematic rights to Iron Man and Captain America again to Marvel (oops!) and Transformers, which was their primary money-maker, has hit a downward pattern. They’re planning to reboot G.I. Joe although and wish the Russo Brothers (satirically) to direct, and Noah Hawley continues to be growing a brand new Star Trek film. So, all hope isn’t misplaced simply but.