Decades after their respective debuts, the battle for pop culture dominance between Star Wars and Star Trek remains one of geekdom's biggest debates. Where the debate between Xbox and PS4 players as well as Marvel and DC comic readers has become, more often than not, toxic and extremely personal, most Star Wars and Star Trek fans have managed to keep it classy - with playful digs at the opposing fandom, rather than all-out trolling. The tenuous peace was tested when Star Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams jumped ship and agreed to helm Star Wars - Episode 7: The Force Awakens - and yet, instead of all-out fanboy warring, many fans were able to enjoy the new Star Wars chapter and, months later, Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond.
However, what if fans didn't have to pick a favorite - and could see the iconic science fiction franchises collide in a blockbuster crossover film event? It's not likely to happen in the real world but what about the fan-fiction universe?
Check out the trailer for Star Wars vs. Star Trek at the top of the page!
Following our epic Marvel vs. DC mashup trailer, showcasing what would happen if The Avengers fought the Justice League, Screen Rant's video guru, Alex Luthor is back with a fan-cut trailer featuring Captain Kirk and the Enterprise coming to aid a Galaxy Far, Far Away that is being held captive by a ruthless and super-powered dictator and his apprentice, The Emperor and Darth Vader. In their plot to rule the universe, The Emperor and Vader target a nearby planet, Vulcan, for destruction - in order to quash an insurrection of heroic rebels. Obliterating the planet and all its inhabitants with their Death Star super-weapon, the Empire braces for attack from a ragtag rebel force, lead by Captain James T. Kirk and the starship Enterprise crew - who are prepared to sacrifice their lives in order to free the universe from Imperial control.
Bringing the Enterprise and Jedi together to take-down the Empire would be a sci-fi geek's dream but, given that Star Wars and Star Trek are owned by different studios, it's likely that unofficial projects (such as our mashup trailer) will be the only way fans can see the two franchises crossover in live-action. After all, both series are expansive - able to sustain their own standalone universes - and any feature film mashup would carry more risk than potential payoff (no matter how big the box office potential). Star Wars is coming off one of the biggest successes in film history - and Star Trek Beyond is poised for a solid run in theaters (earning plenty of critical praise along the way). That's all to say, neither franchise needs the other in order to keep going.
Still, when viewed together, rather than as competing science-fiction properties, it's easy to get excited about what creative storytellers could do with Star Wars and Star Trek together in a single storyline.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Star Trek: Discovery will debut on CBS All Access and Netflix in January 2017. Screen Rant will keep you updated on all information related to Star Trek 4.