William Shatner Uses Scary Scenes Meme To Make Fun Of Star Wars

William Shatner, best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, tweeted out a screenshot of the Star Wars' opening credits crawl when prompted to share a scary scene from a film. Although Star Trek first premiered in 1966, over ten years before A New Hope, and fans of each franchise quickly began a rivalry of sorts that continues to do this day.

While both franchises approach their respective subject matter very differently – Star Trek is more science fiction whereas Star Wars is more fantasy – the debate over which space-based franchise is better has long occupied the minds of fans everywhere. Even the actors who took part in the series have chimed in for the debate, with William Shatner making plain that he believes Star Trek is superior because it's more mature and character-driven while Star Wars only has the edge in terms of its special effects. Shatner's comments even got the attention of Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, who quickly shut down the claims.

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It seems William Shatner is once again adding fuel to the Star Wars vs Star Trek fire with a recent tweet he made as part of an October tradition where, for every day of the month, one tweets out a scary scene that impacted them the first time they watched it. After Bryan Fuller, the creator of Hannibal, tweeted out a scene, Shatner decided to jump aboard the trend and tweeted out a still of the opening crawl of Star Wars featuring the iconic text: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…". Shatner's caption read: "Here's my contribution of a real scary scene," which he ended with a kiss-face emoji. Check out Shatner's original tweet below:

The tweet, which seems to have been made in playful jest rather than any sort of resounding statement on the quality of the Star Wars franchise, was quick to start an argument between Star Wars and Star Trek fans in the tweet's replies section. Many argued that Shatner was absolutely correct with one fan saying he wished Star Wars was "lost in space," while others didn't take too kindly to the actor's dig and voiced their support for Star Wars. Of course, Shatner's tweet isn't the only thing putting the actor in the headlines recently, with the 90-year-old set to rocket into space next week as part of Jeff Bezos' space travel venture, Blue Origin.

Shatner's light jab at Star Wars and his soon-to-be status as the oldest person to ever travel into space prove that Shatner isn't too old to generate buzz and stir up a little controversy. While it seems Shatner was mostly joking, the sentiment got people talking and has undoubtedly pushed more of a spotlight onto his upcoming space venture. It wouldn't be surprising if Mark Hamill, the actor who plays Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, replies to Shatner in some form over the course of the next day or two. Hamill, who is also very active on Twitter, regularly engages Star Wars fans on the platform and it would be interesting to see his response, one star to another.

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