One of the biggest successes of Star Trek Beyond, one of the most underrated and best films of the summer, is the way it manages to shine a spotlight on all of the key crew members of the Enterprise throughout, thanks mostly to its unique story structure. However, one of the few noticeable omissions from the film is Alice Eve’s Carol Marcus, a character introduced in Star Trek: Into Darkness, who at the end of that film had seemed poised and ready to become a full time member of the Enterprise crew.
Considering the character’s introduction and her relationship with Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk as well, Carol’s omission from the film is one that becomes even stranger the more you think about it. During the latest episode of the Star Trek Podcast though, Simon Pegg, one of the film’s stars and its co-writer, explained that her absence from the film was because he and Doug Jung, the film’s other writer, believed they would “underserve” her character, and correctly pointed out that killing her off would have been a terrible thing to do.
“We thought rather than have Carol Marcus be not used to a reasonable capacity, let’s just not include her, have her be alive, in canon, and be ready to come back at any time.”
As for where she is then, during the events of Beyond, Pegg said that some of the preliminary drafts of the script had explained her absence, but the mention wasn’t included in the final version of the film:
“I think we had some lines to explain her absence in one of the initial drafts that had her going off to start work on the Genesis project and do sort of very, very early research on that. But it didn’t make it into the final cut.”
Honestly, I hope that Carol Marcus does return in the next film, mainly because I think Alice Eve is an actress who has yet to really show off her talent and capabilities in the role, and could prove to be one of the better additions in the new films if given the opportunity. With that being said though, I seriously hope she’s not reintroduced with the Genesis project, and well, whatever else that might entail. How about she just comes back instead? I’d be more than fine with that.
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