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Marvel Cinematic Universe for example. Yes the multiple directors were not given the exact stories they had to follow, but were given instructions on what characters limits were, and what the overall objective was to reach with those characters.Just because they didn't rigidly adhere to their plan doesn't mean they didn't have one. And why would they? Why write themselves into a corner? I mean it would irresponsible for them not to explore other ideas while developing the films. And what film franchise maps out a plan that the film makers must adhere to?
I admire your loyalty to it, but even as a fan of the first two ST films myself, it is irrefutable that they had no real plan(s) for any of the characters, nor fixed end state that they were working towards.
If they did have one, then the complete mess of how the directors were handled etc, can only be explained to me as a monumental balls up of every department within LFL, which i'd find hard to believe considering the handfuls of success that LFL has produced.