Get ready for a double dose of Chris because when “Star Trek 4” hits theaters, it will be with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth as a father-son team.
Hemsworth made a brief appearance in the first film of the new franchise as James T. Kirk’s father, George Kirk, a role which he will reprise in the fourth film. Unfortunately, George Kirk also happened to die in a sacrificial spaceship crash, meaning he’s been dead for over 20 years in the new “Star Trek” movie franchise universe.
Luckily for us, “Star Trek” has never been one to play by the rules, so there are a couple ways Hemsworth and his character could still “live long and prosper” in the franchise without completely rewriting history.
The most obvious choice would be to utilize flashbacks to tell George Kirk’s story, whatever it may be. We probably wouldn’t get to see Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth share scenes if this were the case though, which would be a bummer.
Another possibility is a message in a bottle from Captain Kirk’s father. The great thing about space is that it tends to be full of lost messages and unreceived broadcasts. If Hemsworth doesn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to “Star Trek 4” — he’s probably pretty busy with “Thor,” “Avengers” and “Ghostbusters” sequels — a final broadcast dedicated to his son would be a sweet (and heartbreaking) way to tie him into the film.
The last and most likely scenario for Hemsworth’s reappearance in the franchise is time travel. The entire first film was about a time-traveling, planet-destroying alien who was actually the one to kill George Kirk in the first place. All we need is another black hole, and we’re in business!
The idea of introducing George Kirk back into the narrative without allowing James Kirk the opportunity to cross paths with his long-last father is just a swing and a miss as far as storytelling goes. So while the other options are fine, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for some time travel.