Pegg Explains A “Star Trek Beyond” Absentee

In the original “Star Trek” timeline, Dr. Carol Marcus was a key character – one of Captain James Kirk’s former flames who ended up not only giving birth to his son David but being put in charge of the Genesis project which was a central macguffin for two of the films.

A few years back, Alice Eve took on a younger version of the role in J.J. Abrams’ Kelvin-timeline set “Star Trek Into Darkness”. After playing a crucial part in ‘Darkness,’ the character was nowhere to be found in last month’s “Star Trek Beyond”. This week, screenwriter Simon Pegg revealed why to io9:

“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… 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.”

“Star Trek Beyond” is currently in cinemas and has currently grossed $169.4 million worldwide from a budget of $185 million.