Why is Star Trek Not Recognized as the First Shared Universe?

Star Trek has a long history of crossovers, predating the MCU, DCEU, and Star Wars. In Season 2 of Strange New Worlds, we can expect another exciting crossover as the animated characters from Star Trek: Lower Decks make their live-action debut alongside Captain Pike and his crew. But despite its extensive interconnectivity, why doesn’t Star Trek receive recognition as the original shared universe?

To delve into this topic, we spoke with the actors and producers of Strange New Worlds, exploring the franchise’s rich history of crossovers and how they have contributed to the overall strength of Star Trek.

Undoubtedly, some may debate the definition of a cinematic universe and its first occurrence. By restricting the discussion to movies and TV series alone, ignoring comics, books, and radio dramas, franchises like James Bond and Planet of the Apes emerge as early examples, even if the term was not used at the time.

Even co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman acknowledges that Star Trek was not the first shared universe, considering the presence of earlier examples like the Universal horror movies and the Godzilla series. However, the interconnectedness of the Star Trek franchise spanning from The Original Series to the modern shows like Picard and Strange New Worlds is undeniable.

To explore this fascinating subject further, watch the full video as we contemplate why Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek deserves more credit as the pioneering shared universe…

 

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