Every Transformers fan has been thinking it ever since Michael Bay started making these films back in 2007: When are we going to see some Dinobots up in this business? The Dinobots – which are, as they sound, Transformers that transform into robot dinosaurs – have been fan-favorites ever since their creation in the 1984 Transformers cartoon episode “S.O.S. Dinobots.”
Naturally, Transformers 4 has been once again rumored to feature the characters, who recently got a major re-introduction into Transformers lore, thanks to the popular video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (which featured Dinobots leader Grimlock as a playable character). Watch the interview with TF4 star Mark Wahlberg above, and then judge for yourself: was he protecting a big Dinobots reveal?
First, lets discuss the fact that Wahlberg references his character, Flynn Vincent, as being a frustrated inventor. Up until now we heard Vincent described as a “gear-head,” a mechanic, father to a spunky car enthusiast daughter played by Bates Motel star Nicola Peltz, with comedian TJ Miller acting as his sidekick. The inventor bit is a curious new dimension to Flynn’s character, and given some previous rumors about the TF4 storyline, there’s a certain amount of logic to where Flynn’s inventive prowess could fit into the story (hint: restoration and evolution of certain Transformers).
[WARNING: POSSIBLE TF4 SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!]
A few months back, an alleged Transformers 4 plotline leaked to the Internet, and it was chock-full of iconic characters from the series – including The Dinobots. Since that time, certain elements of that proposed plotline – like the introduction of specific Transformer characters - have all been confirmed by the filmmakers. So, the idea of the Dinobots being in the film is a more or less believable one, making it easy to interpret Wahlberg’s reaction to the question (and general knowledge of the Dinobots’ existence) as further evidence that Grimlock and Co. will be stomping it up in the next film.
Since the beginning, Michael Bay himself has been promising that Transformers 4 would act as a semi-reboot of the franchise – one that would redesign the series before he hands it off to a new creative team. Needless to say, many moviegoers have been skeptical about the idea of Bay changing up his tried-and-true formula of Transformers box office domination; and yet, if there is one film franchise that has managed to continuously inspire hope (if only to ultimately thwart it) with every new installment, it’s been Transformers. Here’s hoping that if Dinobots and Galvitron and Unicron and Nemesis Prime are all on the way, Bay at least does them right (fingers crossed).
Transformers 4 will be in theaters on June 27, 2014.