Fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book action have never had so many movies and movies to choose from. Thanks to the dominance of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Disney+ streaming network, nearly all of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creations are alive today — in live action.
Marvel is such a dominant force in popular culture that it’s a third-rate hero from the comics (Iron Man). now the most popular character in the billion dollar franchise. As one comic book fan noted, The Black Sabbath song “Iron Man” was more popular than Tony Stark ever was before the 2008 film.
Not to forget, and to a much lesser extent, are the DC heroes. Superman, Batman, and Shazam didn’t do as well at the box office. However, Warner Brothers continues to produce new titles. For 2022 only, fans got The Batman and will soon see DC League of Super-Pets, Black Adam, and Aquaman 2.
Wonder Woman is another blue chip character from DC. According to writer Drishti Mathur, Fans will soon get a third film. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are said to be working on a new story. This series of films was particularly important for fans of “Star Trek” because Chris Pine starred in the Wonder Woman films alongside Gadot and was expected to return.
Pine famously starred in the three Kelvin Trek films and was set to do a fourth when negotiations stalled in 2018. According to ScreenRantThat was because Pine wanted to earn Paramount’s “Marvel Money” for starring as Captain James T. Kirk. Pine has backtracked on that stance in recent months, saying he loves Star Trek.
“I love the message of that,” Pine said deadline. “I love the character. I love my friends to play with. It’s a great performance. I mean, it’s a gig that I’ve had for more than 15 years, working and not working.”
“It solidified the career I have now,” Pine said. “I’m honored to be a part of it. It has given me so much. I think there are many stories to tell in it. You know, I think Star Trek is interesting to me.”
While Pine praises Trek for “solidifying his career as an A-list Hollywood star,” another starship captain is reaching the same heights. Anson Mount, who plays Captain Pike in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, will also star on the A-list.
Instead of DC or Marvel luring Mount away like Pine did, Mount starred in a Marvel series: “The brutes‘ which aired on ABC in 2017. For the show, Mount played the character Black Bolt, who was the leader of the mysterious super team.
Mount returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the recently released film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Mount again portrayed Black Bolt and expressed his joy on Twitter that he was invited back by MCU boss Kevin Feige.
“Finally able to discuss this [without] provides too many spoilers,” Mount said in his tweet. “Kevin Feige’s call was one of the most unexpected of my life. It was an honor and pleasure to finally work with Sam Raime who reached out to me to engage me on how best to do this. Extremely grateful for the experience.”
This isn’t Mount’s only superhero role. DC fans know that Mount gave his voice to the Dark Knight in the cartoon Injustice.
Mount told Comics Beat that he’s comfortable playing Batman because he’s “seen all the movies. I’ve read some of the comics. I grew up with Adam West. I had a pretty good handle on canon.”
Mount is also starring in a new film about the The CIA’s Mind Control Experiments in the 1960’s and 70’s called “MK Ultra”. He is also known to millions as the star of the western series “Hell on Wheels”.
All this success makes some Trek fans a little nervous. Although Mount (as Captain Pike) says during the show’s introduction that the Enterprise is on a “five-year mission”, Some think the show could run for ten seasons.
As Trek fan Tami Matthews says in her tweet, “Marvel can’t have you. You are Star Trek / Paramount’s now and we want you to stay! Strange New Worlds is amazing. Thanks!”
Since Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a fifth season, Paramount would probably want Strange New Worlds to last at least that long. Paramount has already confirmed that the show will go ahead come back for a second season — and that James T. Kirk will be on the show (played by Paul Welsey – not William Shatner).
Trek fans who love Mount as Pike should hope the actor sticks with Strange New Worlds until the end of the show. This might be easier for Mount since everyone knows the character’s fate. He is horribly scarred during a rescue operation and will spend his days on Talos III.
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