A brand-new Transformers: The Last Knight clip has been unveiled, as part of the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards ceremony. The Last Knight‘s human protagonists Mark Wahlberg (reprising his role as Cade Yaeger here, from 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Isabela Moner (making her Transformers franchise debut, as Izabella, in The Last Knight) were both on-hand at the MTV event to both present the exclusive footage and promote the upcoming robots-in-disguise adventure, ahead of its theatrical release next month.
The Last Knight is the fifth Transformers movie directed by Michael Bay over the past ten years, as well as the fifth chapter overall in the live-action film series based on Hasbro’s lucrative 1980s multimedia property. Wheres Age of Extinction was something of a soft reboot of the franchise – shifting the focus from original Transformers trilogy human protagonist Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) to Wahlberg’s Cade Yaeger – The Last Knight is the launching point for a Transformers cinematic universe that will encompass both sequels and spinoffs. The first such film spinoff, centered around the autobot Bumblebee, arrives in 2018 and has Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) taking Bay’s spot in the director’s chair.
The MTV preview for The Last Knight (which you can watch above) is a clip that focuses on the first meeting between Wahlberg’s Cade and Sir Anthony Hopkins’ Edmund Burton, as well as the Transformers Hot Rod and Burton’s “robot dementia”-inflicted associate, Cogman, and human Oxford professor Viviane Wembley (Laura Haddock). Bay pushes to deliver bigger and better Transformers spectacle with every passing installment in the franchise and The Last Knight will be no exception in this respect, as the visuals and action on display in the sizzle reel at the end of this preview illustrates.
Whereas The Last Knight‘s IMAX preview (which screened last month) delved deeper into the movie’s world-building and efforts to expand the Transformers film series mythology in order to lay the groundwork for the full-blown shared universe, this clip is naturally geared more towards the general MTV audience, in terms of its tone and content. While the more juvenile, crowd-pleasing antics of Bay’s previous Transformers movies haven’t exactly made this series a hit with critics, those elements are nonetheless part of what has turned the franchise into a monster at the worldwide box office (grossing more than $3.7 billion over its first four installments).
The Last Knight‘s scripting team of Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Matt Halloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man) were all members of the Transformers writers group that Paramount Pictures put together two years ago, as part of the studio’s efforts to plot a clear roadmap for the next ten years (if all goes according to plan) in the franchise. Hence, while it may seem like business-as-usual for the Bay era of the Transformers franchise based on the footage released thus far (the MTV preview included), The Last Knight is more ambitious in scope and vision.
What impact this has on the box office and/or general reception this time around, will in turn determine the trajectory of the Transformers series hereon forward. The Last Knight‘s release date is sandwiched between a pair of big superhero tentpoles this summer (Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Homecoming), but it has enough breathing room to thrive on its own… so long as the demand for giant robots and explosions remains strong as ever, anyway.