Thanks to Uber Eats, fans got to see an unlikely crossover, featuring two iconic actors from the Star Trek / Star Wars franchises. This led some to wonder out loud if we’ll ever see a pairing of these two remarkable properties.
The reason for all this talk was a recent ad from Uber Eats, which paired two faces from their respective franchises. The ad placed our own Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Wars’ icon Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in a warehouse, debating over the pronunciation of “tomato.” Hamill held a baseball bat, while Stewart carried one for cricket. Watch the ad here:
The ad, created by Special Group Australia, is one of three featuring Stewart and Hamill (watch the others here and here). Uber Eats says this combination of Stewart and Hamill was done purposefully and is designed to “surprise and delight audiences across the world.”
The ads are part of Uber Eats’ campaign, “Tonight I’ll Be Eating,” and will be shown in the United States, Canada, and Australia. After this experience, Stewart told Men’s Journal that he’d like to see the two franchises combine.
“There have been a lot of ideas thrown about on putting together two iconic universes, and having these great characters coming into contact,” he said. “I would personally get a kick out of that.”
Meanwhile, Hamill agreed, saying that Luke would have a lot to learn from Jean-Luc Picard, should they ever meet. This certainly stirred up social media with the possibility of a crossover film series, but could it really happen?
REASONS WHY STAR TREK / WARS COULD HAPPEN
MONEY: This would be a gigantic payday for both Disney and Paramount. If a story could be created, which could bring the Wars characters into the Trek Universe, or vice versa, the box office would probably explode at this type of pairing.
Imagine if Marvel had been telling the story of Avengers since 1966 and X-Men since 1977, and decided to bring them together in a three-film series. It would be massive. That’s the sort of thing we could expect with a Trek-Wars series.
J.J. ABRAMS: The guy has helped reboot Star Trek, and create two more sequels. He then switched teams and made three Wars films for Disney. There’s no one more qualified to bring these two universes together. Although, The Last Jedi was sort of terrible, that whole experience gives pause to this line of thought. But if a plot (by someone else) could put the two franchises together somehow, J.J. could direct.
OLD STARS: You realize why Patrick Stewart said this, right? Sure, he’d like to see a giant, all-consuming Trek/Wars trilogy for the fun of it, but it would mean that those who would make the cut for such a feature would make “Marvel money.” Who wouldn’t want to cash in big-time?
The debate at this point would be which version of Star Trek would crossover. It would make sense that the Kelvin version of Trek would go through a wormhole and appear in a galaxy far, far away, which would mean that Patrick Stewart would not be involved.
REASONS WHY STAR TREK / WARS WON’T HAPPEN
MONEY: Disney does not need this to make a ton of cash on a new Star Wars series. A Trek/Wars Trilogy would be massive, but Disney made $2 billion on their own with Avengers: End Game. Why would they join with Paramount and split their earnings? They even made $1 billion on Rise of the Skywalker, which was not as good as The Last Jedi.
Paramount would certainly like to find a way to make this happen. And they’d likely demand to split the pot equally.
TREK IS NOT AS POPULAR: Though readers of this site would disagree, Star Wars is more popular worldwide. Their movies make more money, and so does their merchandise. We’ll see how well their foray into live-action TV will hold up (the second season of The Mandolorian debuts soon).
For a series like this, it would mean a paring of unequals, which would mean that Disney would not want to split the billions made equally. So, see the above “money” section for how this would not work.
NO STAR WARS NAMES AVAILABLE: From the Star Wars Universe, who is available? After the blow-up that each of the actors from the Star Wars sequel trilogy — John Boyega was most upset about his role — they’d probably be unlikely to come back. Mark Hamill’s character is dead, and so is Harrison Ford’s. Carrie Fisher is dead in real life, making Billy Dee Williams the only star from the original trilogy available. They could bring in Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, or some of the characters from The Mandalorian.
So, from this point of view, the Star Trek actors, should they use the Kelvin cast, would have more equity, which would mean that Paramount would push back against Disney on the profit split.
PHYSICS: Folks usually categorize Trek as “science fiction,” and Wars is “science fantasy.” This means that the famous technobabble in Trek has some basis in the real world. This is not the case with Star Wars, and much of the films rely on trust in an invisible power that “surrounds us and penetrates us” and “binds the galaxy together.” How would the Trek characters react to a world that has no real laws of physics. Simon Pegg’s Scotty would probably have an aneurysm.
TREK SHIPS ARE BETTER: There’s just no comparison. Unless the Empire made yet another Death Star, the Kelvin Enterprise would outclass everything on the screen. There would be a point where everyone would simply chose to let the Millennium Falcon rot in the mouth of some giant asteroid worm while gliding to victory on a Constitution-class beauty.
While this conversation is fun, in the end, a Star Trek / Wars film series is unlikely to ever happen. Instead, more likely is a Star Trek / Star Wars crossover series in comic books. Marvel owns Disney, and comics have had a history of characters from brands appearing in other books. Marvel and DC have done this many times.