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Simon Pegg explains where Carol Marcus was during Star Trek Beyond

08.03.2016

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Although the ending of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS had Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) officially joining the crew of the Enterprise on their five-year mission, the character was noticeably absent from the recent STAR TREK BEYOND. Simon Pegg recently stopped by the Star Trek Podcast for a chat and explained why the character didn't end up being a part of the latest STAR TREK adventure.

With this it felt like we would under-serve her if we included her, she might end up feeling like she hadn't been given the amount of screen-time she deserves, so rather than bring her in and just have her be a supporting role, like, have her not be in this one, and when the time comes [bring her back], the worst thing to do would be to have her in the film and have that character be killed, and that felt like a cynical thing to do. We thought rather than have Carol Marcus not be used to a reasonable capacity, let’s just not include her, have her be alive, in canon, and ready to come back at any time.

Simon Pegg later added that they did have a few lines in an earlier draft of the script which explained her absence by saying that Carol Marcus "had gone off to start work on the Genesis project, some very very early research on that, but it didn't make it into the final cut." For those who need a refresher, Project Genesis project was a scientific research project, led by Dr. Carol Marcus, which was working to to develop a process whereby uninhabitable planets could be made suitable for humanoid life. Project Genesis was featured heavily in both STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN and STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK. I didn't exactly miss her in STAR TREK BEYOND, the film felt busy enough without adding in another character, but I do hope that we'll get to see Alice Eve as Carol Marcus once again when STAR TREK 4 rolls around.

STAR TREK BEYOND is currently playing in theaters.

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11:41AM on 08/05/2016
I just assumed that she was changing into her new regulation Starfleet underwear.
I just assumed that she was changing into her new regulation Starfleet underwear.
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12:24PM on 08/04/2016
Hopefully she'll be back for the fourth and/or possibly fifth film of the franchise. The original rebooted film is still my favorite of the three, but Beyond was a great improvement over Into the Darkness.
Hopefully she'll be back for the fourth and/or possibly fifth film of the franchise. The original rebooted film is still my favorite of the three, but Beyond was a great improvement over Into the Darkness.
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10:14AM on 08/04/2016

No big loss (maybe little visually =)

I remembered Carol only at the end of the movie, I only watched the first new Trek before seeing this. The movie didn't need the character and Beyond works as a direct sequel to the first. So you can ignore the lame Into Darkness.

Go see this movie people, it blends old Trek feel and modern action nicely, isn't as ADD as abrams' movies and deserves more at the box office.
I remembered Carol only at the end of the movie, I only watched the first new Trek before seeing this. The movie didn't need the character and Beyond works as a direct sequel to the first. So you can ignore the lame Into Darkness.

Go see this movie people, it blends old Trek feel and modern action nicely, isn't as ADD as abrams' movies and deserves more at the box office.
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9:31AM on 08/04/2016
Hopefully she comes back in the next movie. Alice Eve is too hot to be without...
Hopefully she comes back in the next movie. Alice Eve is too hot to be without...
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7:29AM on 08/04/2016

I'm gonna be "that guy", sorry

But the headline is a major spoiler that she's not in the movie. Some of us haven't seen it yet, so thanks for that.
But the headline is a major spoiler that she's not in the movie. Some of us haven't seen it yet, so thanks for that.
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8:34AM on 08/04/2016
It hardly seems like a spoiler if her character isn't even referenced in Star Trek Beyond. Were you that excited for her character to return?
It hardly seems like a spoiler if her character isn't even referenced in Star Trek Beyond. Were you that excited for her character to return?
11:23PM on 08/03/2016
Since they don't plan to recast Chekov, maybe she can be the 7th main cast member in the future movies. It wouldn't hurt to have another primary female crew member.
Since they don't plan to recast Chekov, maybe she can be the 7th main cast member in the future movies. It wouldn't hurt to have another primary female crew member.
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9:17PM on 08/03/2016
I agree. No one WAS a bigger treky than me, I grew up with it and absolutely loved it. The first reboot I liked in spite of my feelings going in, and felt like this rebooted series might be good. Since, I really, really just don't care. Didn't see beyond, will probably wait for HBO, MAYBE rent.
I agree. No one WAS a bigger treky than me, I grew up with it and absolutely loved it. The first reboot I liked in spite of my feelings going in, and felt like this rebooted series might be good. Since, I really, really just don't care. Didn't see beyond, will probably wait for HBO, MAYBE rent.
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10:06PM on 08/03/2016
Wait 'till you see it, you'll regret the decision, LOL. Meanwhile... A Simon Pegg fills his pockets. I suppose it's a reflection of the times.
Wait 'till you see it, you'll regret the decision, LOL. Meanwhile... A Simon Pegg fills his pockets. I suppose it's a reflection of the times.
12:47AM on 08/04/2016
Just got back from seeing it. You missed the boat. It's EASILY the best Star Trek film to date (although the villain isn't as iconic or interesting as the original Kahn). It's the first "Trek" feeling film in more than a decade. Outstanding movie and definitely something you'd want to see in the theaters.
Just got back from seeing it. You missed the boat. It's EASILY the best Star Trek film to date (although the villain isn't as iconic or interesting as the original Kahn). It's the first "Trek" feeling film in more than a decade. Outstanding movie and definitely something you'd want to see in the theaters.
2:04AM on 08/04/2016
Totally agree with Des1, it really is the first film in the rebooted series to actually feel like Star Trek. I haven't seen much of the TV iterations (about a half dozen episodes of the original series and that's it) but have seen 10/13 movies (all but V, VI and Insurrection) and for me, I really think that Beyond and First Contact are tied as the best of movies (with Khan and The Voyage Home close behind, but a little tougher to swallow if you didn't grow up with the series). The villain is
Totally agree with Des1, it really is the first film in the rebooted series to actually feel like Star Trek. I haven't seen much of the TV iterations (about a half dozen episodes of the original series and that's it) but have seen 10/13 movies (all but V, VI and Insurrection) and for me, I really think that Beyond and First Contact are tied as the best of movies (with Khan and The Voyage Home close behind, but a little tougher to swallow if you didn't grow up with the series). The villain is very villain of the week and the plot is a little generic, both in a classic Star Trek kind of way and the film absolutely shines when it comes to highlighting the characters and their relationships. Probably one of the best juggling acts of an ensemble cast since the original Avengers. If you disliked the last two films because they just felt like modern action movies with the Star Trek name slapped on them, then Beyond should definitely be more up your alley.
12:25PM on 08/04/2016
Beyond is a huge improvement over Into Darkness and definitely feels like a homage to the old television series.

I also think it's one of the best films to come out this summer as well. It's just unfortunate that it's not doing better at the box office.
Beyond is a huge improvement over Into Darkness and definitely feels like a homage to the old television series.

I also think it's one of the best films to come out this summer as well. It's just unfortunate that it's not doing better at the box office.
6:17PM on 08/04/2016
Man. I want to believe you, but after into darkness raped the old movies and beat them silly for no reason other than an FU to us older fans, I just don't know..
Man. I want to believe you, but after into darkness raped the old movies and beat them silly for no reason other than an FU to us older fans, I just don't know..
8:46PM on 08/03/2016
I dont know what happened but this series hasnt been able to repeat the triumph that star trek 2009 was. There was a real sense of terror and dread in it that was thanks to eric bana and the overall presentation of the enemy. Its actually quite shocking how much ive stopped caring about the characters since loving them in the first one.
I dont know what happened but this series hasnt been able to repeat the triumph that star trek 2009 was. There was a real sense of terror and dread in it that was thanks to eric bana and the overall presentation of the enemy. Its actually quite shocking how much ive stopped caring about the characters since loving them in the first one.
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