‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Trailer Analysis [Updated]

Published 8 months ago by , Updated March 4th, 2014 at 7:33 pm, This is a list post.

Transformers 4 Trailer Analysis Age of Extinction After months of waiting, we finally have our first official look at Michael Bay's next robots in disguise chapter Transformers: Age of Extinction - in the form of a Super Bowl teaser trailer. Like most Transformers teasers, Paramount Pictures held back finer details of the story in favor of showing off CGI Autobot vs. Decepticon action. Exciting style over tangible substance at nearly every turn, the "Big Game Spot" ultimately raised more questions than answers - with little context for several new characters that were featured prominently in the footage. As a result, we've dug through decades of Transformers lore as well as recent movie rumors to clear-up some confusion as well as predict story points that could be explored when Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27, 2014. Since we're taking a closer look at what's been shown, alluded to, foreshadowed, or hinted at in the trailer, potential spoilers for all readers from here on out (if our analysis is correct). You have been warned.

Lockdown

Lockdown Transformers 4 Movie Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 UPDATE: We now know [via Toy Fair 2014 images and on-site representatives] that this in fact Lockdown (aka Gun Face) - not Galvatron. Between leaked plot details suggesting Megatron could be reborn as Galvatron in Age of Extinction, along with images of the former Decepticon leader's head on set, many fans assumed that Optimus Prime's archenemy was the gun-faced evildoer in the opening of the trailer. It was a fair assumption, given that Megatron transformed into a gun back in his Generation 1 days; however, the mysterious bot is actually Lockdown. For months we've known that Lockdown would play heavily into the Age of Extinction plot, sporting a black/grey design and Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 vehicle mode (the car maker's logo is even visible in close-up shots of the "gun face" scene), so it's not a surprise to see him highlighted in the trailer. The bot, who is actually a relatively new addition to the larger Transformers franchise (debuting in the 2008 animated series), has previously been portrayed as a ruthless bounty hunter (with no direct allegiance to the Decepticons) that upgrades his own body with pieces of his fallen enemies; though, either of these details could change for his feature film debut.

Galvatron

Transformers 4 Drift Bugatti Veyron UPDATE: We now know [via Toy Fair 2014 images] that this in fact Galvatron and his alternate mode, as speculated is the 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over trailer truck. One of the most debated characters revealed in the trailer, fans have been working overtime in an attempt to identify this mysterious robot. Everyone from Galvatron, Motormaster, and even Cyclonus have been named as possibilities but we'll have to wait for further details (and footage) to know for sure. Other fans speculated this is our first look at fan-favorite hero Drift, who will appear in the film as a Blue and Black Bugatti Veyron; yet, the robot featured in the teaser does not match Bay's confirmed Samurai-style design for the Autobot. Instead, it's highly likely that the bot's alternate mode is the 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over trailer truck revealed last year - given that truck and robot share black, grey, and blue highlighting. At the time, speculation pegged Ultra Magnus and Nemesis Prime as potential alternate modes for the freightliner - but with no new information (aside from the character slicing an unidentified car in half) it's too early to cross any of the mentioned characters off the list.  

Cybertronian Spaceships

Transformers 4 Movie Spaceships After Megatron and Sentinel Prime threw every Decepticon they had at the Autobots in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, viewers were likely surprised to see an armada of Cybertronian ships in the new trailer. Yet, the explanation might not be quite as obvious as some fans might assume. Rumored plot details for the Age of Extinction story suggested that Lockdown might lead an army of long-lost Transformers. If that information is correct, the ships seen in the trailer could be part of his fleet. It's also possible that Lockdown is actually a servant of some larger threat, such as Unicron, who would be revealed as the true armada leader in a future film. Of course, other possibilities remain - the scene could actually be a flashback (when Cybertronians first scouted the Earth) or simply a different means of transport for Autobot reinforcements (instead of the Protoform meteor drop seen in the first Transformers film). Another theory suggests the ships are actually man-made - since humankind's continued manipulation of Transformer tech is expected to be a major plot beat.

Lockdown Captures Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime Transformers 4 Movie Spaceship In addition to a shot of Optimus Prime taking a massive blow to the chest (seen earlier in the trailer), the Autobot leader is also shown held upside down in an enemy facility. For now, it is unknown where the scene takes place and what exactly is happening to Optimus; however, in the trailer Lockdown can be seen standing off to the left, watching the Autobot leader struggle against his restraints. Has Optimus been taken to a Transformer prison ship or is something more insidious happening? Given that the clip is exceptionally brief, with only a quick shot of Prime straining to get free, before a blade comes sliding out of Lockdown's arm, it's hard to tell if we're watching the beginnings of a Transformer torture scene or a nefarious experiment. Either one is a possibility, considering there are identical "cells" on the right and left of Optimus, but (for now at least) we're going to assume that Optimus is, once again, instrumental in a bigger story point - and there's more than meets the eye to this scene.

Crosshairs

Crosshairs Transformers 4 Movie 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Before the Super Bowl spot aired, Paramount Pictures released this image of a green-colored Autobot parachuting into battle and certain viewers were quick to guess the character was a redesigned version of Bumblebee or Ratchet - with green coloration (and a cape). However, this is actually Crosshairs, an Autobot warrior that was first introduced back in the original G1 days and found notoriety in the Japanese series Transformers: The Headmasters. Crosshairs is true to his namesake, a knowledgeable weapons specialist with an extremely deadly shot - especially when wielding his dual grenade launcher, a smaller Nebulan Transformer named Pinpointer. The character will probably undergo significant reimagining for Age of Extinction - given that Crosshairs has already endured drastic changes with each medium iteration. That said, with Ironhide out of the picture, and plenty of physical brawlers already on the team, a sharpshooter like Crosshairs (who transforms into a 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray) is a smart addition to the Autobots.

Aerial Beast Bot

Flying Dinobot Transformers 4 Movie Character For months, we've known that the fan-favorite Dinobots would be included in Age of Extinction - which made it all the more surprising when viewers took a second look at this beast bot. At first glance, fans assumed that the aerial creature was Pterodactyl Dinobot Swoop but closer examination revealed the bot has more than one head. The Dinobots haven't always been friendly with the Autobots, so it wouldn't be a total blow to the mythology if this clip shows a drastically altered Swoop fighting Bumblebee. That said, leaked concept art hints at a more traditional depiction of the flying Dinobot - e.g. featuring a single head. A more likely explanation comes from rumored human story details - specifically that Stanley Tucci's character, Joshua, has been manipulating Cybertronian technology to create new Transformers. If that story point turns out to be true, this flying bot could represent one of his creations that turned deadly - and decided to fight alongside the film's malevolent evildoers. Bay could even use Joshua as a way to introduce the Terrorcons, specifically two-headed dragon Hun-Gurrr. UPDATE: We now know [via Toy Fair 2014 images] that this in fact Strafe - a two-headed pteranodon dinobot. Longtime fans will likely remember that Strafe is the name of an aerial (but non-dinobot) autobot that also formed the left arm of combiner Computron.

Grimlock

Grimlock and Optimus Prime Transformers 4 Movie The most talked about moment of the trailer is easily the reveal of Dinobot Grimlock in Tyrannosaurus Rex mode - with Optimus Prime riding on his back. Unfortunately, the trailer didn't give us any indication of the fan-favorite bot's personality. Often, not always, he's been portrayed as a Hulk-like brute - more brawn and less brains - with the eloquence of a caveman (e.g. "Me Grimlock"). Yet, even though Optimus is (inexplicably) riding Grimlock, moviegoers shouldn't expect the character to be a thoughtless beast. Instead, it's probable that Age of Extinction will play-up his primal personality - presenting him as a ruthless warrior that needs taming. In addition to his dragon-like horn additions, Grimlock is surprisingly large - especially when compared to Optimus Prime. Traditionally, Grimlock and Optimus have been depicted as relatively similar in scale; so, given that Optimus is already one of the bigger Transformers featured in the movie series, it'll be interesting to see how Bay explains Grimlock's increased sizing (which should be even more apparent when we get a glimpse of the Dinobot in robot form). UPDATE: Some readers had suggested that, given Grimlock's enormous size, this "dragon-like" form could actually be a dinobot combiner - not just Grimlock's dinobot form. However, we now know [via Toy Fair 2014 images] that, as previously confirmed, this is just Grimlock's dinobot mode.

Chinese Influences

Grimlock Transformers 4 Movie China Prior Transformers films have featured globe-trotting locales - as the Autobots attempted to thwart Decepticon forces around the globe. However, Age of Extinction viewers will quickly notice the upcoming film spends a lot of time over in Asia. Previously, we've reported that Paramount Pictures' was attempting to woo Chinese moviegoers by injecting Age of Extinction with subtle (and some not-so-subtle) Asian influences. In addition to Chinese locales revealed throughout the trailer (a large scale battle in downtown Hong Kong and Grimlock crashing through a tiered gateway), viewers can expect even more examples of Asian-market influences in the coming months. Some are already apparent, since many of the primary robot characters were redesigned with Eastern influences - specifically slimmer, more angular, anime-like robot characters. Samurai Autobot Drift (whose vehicle mode is a Bugatti Veyron) is also set to play a major role in the film - both in terms of story and visual spectacle.

Conclusion

Transformers 4 Trailer Analysis Age of Extinction Those are the brief clips and questions from the newest trailer that most stood out to us but only time will tell how accurate our speculation turns out to be. Given that this is only a sneak peek teaser, we'll add to this post when the full Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer drops. Do you think our theories are right on target, or are you hoping they're off the mark? Be sure to share your own insights or theories in the comments. _____ Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27, 2014. Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for further updates on the Transformers film series as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.
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  1. i hope Grimlock will be portrayed as he was in Fall of Cybertron. not some “more brawn and less brains – with the eloquence of a caveman”, but instead, a TRUE TACTICIAN with hard-to-think and hard-to-speak disadvantages due to his re-transformation into Dinobots.

    • This is what I want, too.

  2. … They have a lambo… and its not Sunshine butt or sides(though they already had sides), WTF? seriously, you cant have a lambo in a transformers movie and not have it be one of the terror twins. Not ok, at all.

    • His name is Sunstreak, while the other is called Sideswipe.

      • Actually, it’s Sunstreaker.

  3. I think that the scene with captured Optimus is actually a plot of creating Nemesis Prime, after all he is a Optimus Clone and the new Freightliner truck is not yet confirmed.

    • It was confirmed even before the toy fair as Galvatron based on the leaked Toy lists (which turned out accurate).

  4. This face gun con is not lock down may be galvatron, so now it means dinobots or terrocons came from experiment of men? hope the spacehip behind LOCKDOWN is unicron or scorpinok(real one). Lock down maybe the one who sliced the car because afterwards op will arrive in the scene just ike in the leaked pics where op arrived in truck mode in the midle of the sliced car.

    • Lockdown is confirmed as the Gunface Decepticon. You can see the Lamborghini logo on the bot, not to mention similarities between the trailer bot and Lockdown’s leaked face.

  5. I think it’s lockdown for sure and I think it’s the terrorcons not the dinobots and if drift is in this movie he was formally a decepticon know as deadlock that might be part of the story.

    I believe there’s 2 villians and one is a rebuilt mega tron that humans rebuilt but I don’t believe for a second those are the dinobots

  6. Just hope its gonna be more war and less romance,I grew up watching Transformers and their were no romance but war just hope this sticks to what Transformers is all about

    • Well, there was romance. How about Springer and Arcee? Ironhide and Chromia? Optimus and Elita-One? Spike and Carly? Powerglide and that one girl!? There have been some romance in the franchise over the years.

      • There was not a lot of romance in the toon. The “couples” you mentioned were part of singular episodes. Not the entire series, neither most of the series, and neither a good part of the series. Besides I think the romance that Goon squad is referring to has to do with the humans. No one really cares about the human characters in this movie because the movie should not be about them, but about the transformers themselves.

      • Optimus Prime had a girlfriend named Elita One!

  7. If that gun face con is lock down then galvatron would not be in this movie. I’m just hoping unicron will be the ship behind Lockdown so this one will have a better villain than the last 3 tf films. I dont get it why bay and the writers of the last 3 films that the transformers should always be a military weapon and be hiding from the public. Let the autobots grow. Its like the humans would never determine the autobots are the good bots except for sentinel of course. Put some metroplex or maximus in the mix also dinobots? Neh!!! Kind of boring their not even combiners of autobots superion or computron might be more exciting. For god sakes bay grimlock is not as the size of tripticon or devestator! And how come the most powerful transformer who massacred a lot of cons killed megatron and 2 primes in the past 3 films can be captured by a bounty hunter??? Did lock down put som sedative in primes energy drink? Common in dark of the moon optimus is unstopable killing the giant driller with a lot of spikes swirling arround its body suddenly op asked for help because he got tangled in some wires or ropes!!!!! That’s the corniest part i’ve seen a super robot who will destroy metal but cant untie his self from ropes? And why are these super advance robots uses metal bullets???? It’s like using bullet made out of elastic gel to another man!! They should use lasers not missiles or metal bullets!!! G.i joe weaponry are more advance and they’re not even advance robots!! Put a lot of autobots in the mixed put some 5 humans their and have more names in decepticons not just decepticon that are good for human target i meant star scream was killed by a human only???? Advance robots who dont have advance sensors they would upgrade to anything but not their senses? Worst death by a tf and it has to be iron hide??? He manages to asked a question but he wasnt able to shoot at least 1 time againts sentinel and the other autobots just stood there like no was shot twice?? 3 autobots was there also i belived bee, mirage and ss and maybe ratchet to help iron hide. why not put that to those who’s more deserving, like the wreckers because i dont want to see a fat robat like one of the wreckers and what kind of an autobot name is dino or q?? mirage or Dino dont have a rifle all the way from cybertron he survived by having grim reapers blade in his forearm and converting it to grappling hooks!!! While his enemies shoots at him great!! This is not a ninja movie!! If bay thinks he can pull off another billion in the box office in this age of extinction he would be lucky if he reached halfway around that if he continues destroying tf traditions.

    • A long comment of bickering based upon a thirty-second teaser? Wow.

  8. No Transformers without Shia lebouf.
    I skip this Movie!

    • Really? Just because there’s no Shia LaBeouf? Wow.

  9. I will see it just to see how badly they will continue to rape my childhood….

  10. Anyone else find it conceivable that the “Torture scene” is actually Optimus somehow being turned into/used to create a clone of him to become Nemesis Prime?

  11. Saw the Dinobots, cool! But where are Sludge and Snarl and has anyone else realised Swoops name for the film has been changed to a Technobots name?

  12. Can’t believe that they’re going to destroy the Transformers even more.
    The 80 comics story of G1 was and is still a great story line.
    Why couldn’t they just do that instead?

    • Because not everyone wants a rehashing of already-seen material. This is it’s own universe. Can’t people accept that G1 is not everything?

      • But it is though! Thats why generation had so many seasons!

  13. So… is this like G1 .. i mean are the dinonots actually good but just lose control in their alt forms and prime tries to help them? or are they just evil

  14. Perhaps in the shot where Optimus is trapped, he may not be about to undergo torture, but rather Lockdown is about to engage in his favorite pastime – taking “trophies” – a la Animated?
    That seems, to me, to make a lot more sense with his pre-established character – plus just think how cool it would be to have Lockdown running around with a cannon for a face, wielding Prime’s massive orange Energon sword-axe-thingies!

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