News about Star Trek 3 has been coming at a slow trickle, but at least it’s a positive, nourishing trickle that has us thinking the third film in this still freshly-rebooted universe will be a significant course correction after the disappointing Star Trek Into Darkness. And, strangely enough, the rumored title for the next movie only adds to the behind-the-scenes narrative of “Yes, we’re sorry. We’re fixing it. We promise.”

According to, Star Trek 3 is tentatively titled Star Trek Beyond. Stray observation number one: Like Star Trek Into Darkness, this title is using “trek” as a verb, which is super weird and we’re never going to get used to it. Stray observation number two: this title actually implies that the film won’t hang around Earth’s orbit, battling thinly-veiled truther conspiracies for two hours. Which is great news! Almost every single Star Trek movie (and every TV series) has been about exploration and going, well, beyond what we already know. It’s about time the new movies got with the program.

The title also jibes with what co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg has been saying about the film. As a bonafide nerd and genuine geek royalty, the new Montgomery Scott knows a thing or two about what makes Trek tick. As he said in a recent interview with The Guardian:

And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know. Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation. But yeah, that’s the mood at the moment.

Like we said: the man gets it.

Star Trek 3 (or maybe Star Trek Beyond?) will be directed by Justin Lin and is set to open on July 8, 2016.