You Transformers fans know what I'm talking about when you see the name "Unicron."
That's right. If you thought Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen was a massive convoluted mess of nonsense and wasted... well, everything, coated in a big pile of explosions and sometimes-awkward visuals, then you've seen nothing yet. How can you introduce and misuse even bigger characters for Transformers 3 after what happened with Devastator and many others in Revenge of the Fallen?
Well, you introduce the Death Star Transformer!
For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, Unicron was the antagonist character introduced in the 1986 animated Transformers: The Movie. He's so big that he transforms into a mechanical planet, or as Obi-Wan Kenobi would describe, "that's no moon."
I'll try to be as brief as possible in describing Unicron's role in that movie and how it could tie into Michael Bay's film series. In the 1986 cartoon movie, Unicron made a deal with the dying and betrayed Megatron (betrayed by Starscream) and offered to give him a new body (becoming Galvatron) in exchange for his efforts in destroying the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Sound familiar? That Matrix was in Revenge of the Fallen and was the device that The Fallen sought out and sent Megatron after to destroy humanity with that big-ass machine.
In Transformers lore, The Fallen worked for Unicron so perhaps that's the pattern of the movies: We think Megatron is the leader, we then find out The Fallen is his leader. We think The Fallen is the leader, we then find out Unicron is the leader?
The reason I bring this up is that videos have been popping up online for bonus features that were included on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on October 20th, one of which (Thanks to Cinema Blend for the find) was a hidden Easter Egg featuring Michael Bay joking around about Transformers 3 with pictures of Unicron in the background.
Note the cliches and Bay making fun of himself: doesn't have to be all "action action action," could be more emotional, darker?
The video is meant as a joke and a tease for the hardcore fans. It is also already dated as Bay refers to making a slower and smaller movie first then come back to the Transformers franchise? That's what was originally the plan with Bay seemingly set to work on his personal passion project “Pain & Gain” but then he met with Steven Spielberg to discuss the project in September and shortly thereafter, it was announced that Transformers 3 would be over-rushed into production like its predecessor and that it would be out in 2011.
This Unicron thing could probably happen. Hasbro needs more toys and what better way to do it (in addition to having 100 no-named random background characters) is to kill off the majority of the Cybertronian cast and bring them back with new bodies! Don't expect them to talk or even be introduced though. They just need to be shown once or twice.
What do you want from Transformers 3? Do you think Michael Bay will go bigger and bring out Unicron the next time around?
Transformers 3 is scheduled to open July 1, 2011 and I hope it gets delayed a few years.