In the Abrams Star Trek universe, do the Q exist? Any reference to them in or out of universe? Any novelizations, comics, commentaries, or quotes from Abrams or writers about them?


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The (canon-ish) IDW Star Trek Ongoing comic series The Q Gambit featured Q meeting the crew of the "Alternate Universe" Enterprise.

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    it's not a terrible story, but if it is indeed canon, it needs a big reset button
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Apr 17, 2021 at 18:39
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    @NKCampbell - I'm incredibly dubious about their claim of canonicity. Any future films will undoubtedly ignore whatever nonsense happened in the comics.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 17, 2021 at 18:43
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    Considering kurtzmans picard contradicted kurtzmans countdown comic any jj-verse expanded material is trivia even relative to their own dubious canon. Commented Apr 18, 2021 at 1:46
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    I find it amusing that even Q refers to JJ plot devices as a "whatever it was". That unintentionally says a lot about the Q-uality of writing. Commented Apr 18, 2021 at 1:51
  • John D Lancie was SO masterful with that role Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 17:46

As the Kelvin Timeline is just an offshoot of the Prime Timeline shortly before the Kirk era, Q would absolutely exist and be more familiar with it than anyone. They're eternal beings who've been around for millenia or longer. So they existed long before the two timelines branched.

  • Can you offer any evidence to back up this bold statement?
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 8:05
  • You want evidence that the Kelvin Timeline is an offshoot of the Prime Timeline? Like, watch the 2009 movie. It's kinda the plot. Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 9:18
  • So you evidence is "watch the film"? How does that provide any evidence that Q exists there?
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 9:49
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    I'm not sure what more you would need. The movie starts at the divergence point between the Prime Timeline and the Kelvin Timeline. The new timeline's history prior to that is just the Prime Timeline. Which we know Q has existed in as far back as Woodstock bare minimum. The real question is, why wouldn't he be there? Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 10:08
  • For starters, it's been established that the temporal "ripples" extend far earlier than the event that caused the divergent timelines.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 10:23

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