Re: Budget cut/location change for Trek 3
Frankly I don't think the studios involved are confident enough in having found the right formula and team to commit themselves to massive multi-year projects like that. The key in the success of the MCU film franchise has been a "sweet spot" in the approach to the content and tone that's hard to get right even for a comic book franchise.
But why was Marvel confident enough to go through with it?
A movie aiming low should not be praised for hitting that target.