Star Trek: Strange New Worlds showrunner Akiva Goldsman exposes that Lieutenant James T. Kirk (Paul Wesley) has a season 2 love interest fans are currently knowledgeable about. Wesley plays the young variation of the Kirk who will one day ended up being Captain of the USS Enterprise, as played by William Shatner, in Star Trek: The Original Series and films. Wesley’s variation of Kirk likewise appeared in Strange New Worlds‘ season 1 ending, however that was a Captain Kirk from a now-deleted alternate future timeline.

In an interview with SFX Magazine, as reported by TrekFilm, Akiva Goldsman provided usually spoiler-free information about Strange New Worlds season 2. But Goldsman did discuss the significance of the young Lt. Kirk coming aboard the Starship Enterprise, and he exposed that Kirk is dating Carol Marcus in Strange New Worlds season 2. Check out the quote below:

What we’re handling is Lieutenant Kirk, First Officer Kirk. We’re not handling Captain Kirk, and there’s chance there. Paul Wesley is actually this terrific – to me – hybrid of Shatner’s Kirk and his own. That is, naturally, serviced by this minute in the Kirk timeline where he’s dating Carol Marcus. So you’ll see…

How Carol Marcus Fits Into Kirk’s Star Trek: TOS Timeline

Kirk and Carol Marcus look on in the Wrath of Khan

Dr. Carol Marcus (BiBi Besch) was presented in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as a previous flame of Admiral Jim Kirk. Carol was likewise the mom of David Marcus (Merritt Butrick), who was Kirk’s adult kid. At Carol’s persistence, David was raised far from Kirk as she desired him to take a course of science along with her and not “gallivanting around the galaxy” with his dad and Starfleet. Carol and David constructed the Genesis Device, which was implied to be advanced terraforming innovation however was taken and become a terrible weapon by Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban). At completion of Star Trek II, Kirk fixed up with Carol and David, who was then unfortunately killed by Klingons in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is embeded in 2285, about 25 years after Strange New Worlds season 2’s timeframe, which is around 2259/2260. According to Akiva Goldsman, Lt. Kirk is dating Carol Marcus currently in Strange New Worlds season 2, which realistically tracks with Star Trek canon. Given David remains in his mid-20s in Star Trek II, Paul Wesley’s Lt. Kirk might currently be or will end up being a daddy to David. Interestingly, Strange New Worlds season 2’s trailer teased stimulates in between Kirk and Lt. La’an Noonien Singh (Christina Chong). Of course, James T. Kirk is a well-known girls’ male, so it’s not out of the concern the future Captain of the Enterprise might possibly love both La’an and Carol Marcus in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 bests Thursday, June 15, on Paramount+.

Source: SFX Magazine,