The Transformers franchise has continued to grow over the past decade ever since Michael Bay kicked off this universe. While the general reactions to these films have continued to decline, the box office returns have continued to climb. This escalated in a big way when Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction dominated international markets to help gross north of $1 billion each. Now, Paramount is hoping that Transformers: The Last Knight will repeat that success.
Much like the films that have come before, The Last Knight will feature the humans and Transformers at odds with each other, but also a divide within the Autobots themselves. The first trailer concluded with longtime friends Optimus Primes and Bumblebee fighting, with the reasoning hinted at in the latest synopsis. A minute-long television was set to release during the Super Bowl, but leaked late last night due to a hacking breach of Paramount Pictures' YouTube account.
Due to the breach, Michael Bay released a 4k version of the trailer this morning, prior to Super Bowl LI. It comes on the heels of a promo being released to announce the Transformers presence at the big game. Just as previous marketing has done, this new look again puts Optimus front and center.
The biggest new bit of dialogue comes from Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager. When asked "Where are the others - the ones you're hiding?" he responds, "I don't sell out friends." Clearly, the situation has become dire for Transformers on Earth. It appears they have been blanketly targeted as dangerous alien invaders, and are being hunted by the human race. There is a brief flash of Optimus Prime's frozen body, floating through space near Jupiter, which was previously seen in the first theatrical trailer. The other reveal is what appears to be The Ark, crashing into the moon and causing major destruction.
From the sound of it, Optimus Prime will be forced to choose between saving his world or Earth. Considering he has long been a defender of humans, forcing him into this position is certainly a dramatic twist for long time fans. Will his fellow Autobots and human friends find another path and a way to save their leader's honor, or will this be a dark new turn for the Transformers mythology?
Will you be seeing The Last Knight when it hits theaters this June? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the Transformers series as they hit.
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- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018