Now that it's 2017, we're just 6 short months away from the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest entry into the Michael Bay series. The movie looks to be ratcheting things up considerably from the last installment, which featured the fan-favorite Dinobots. Now, the Autobots and Decepticons look to be battling it out across time, including the fictitious past of King Arthur's Camelot to which the subtitle alludes. The fifth film in the franchise will break new ground in other ways also, as it will serve as a jumping off point for a number of proposed spinoffs currently being crafted by the the Transformers franchise story group.
The approach of having a group of writers and producers who oversee the expansion of a shared universe has been working well for Lucasfilm on the Star Wars franchise so far, as both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the TV show Star Wars Rebels have been able to weave in characters and references to the films that have preceeded them. Whether the approach will prove favorable for the Transformers franchise when they attempt to spin off their creations, such as in the Bumblebee solo film set to debut in 2018, only time will tell.
Speaking of Bumblebee, one of the most shocking moments of the trailer for The Last Knight features the Camaro with a heart of gold being viciously attacked by what looked to be a deranged Optimus Prime. Thanks to a new TV spot released on the film's YouTube page, we now know that the marketing approach of the new movie will follow the path of The Last Knight's first poster and ask audiences to "rethink their heroes."
Sadly, the short spot doesn't offer us anything we didn't see in the trailer, but the request for us to rethink our heroes is telling. It's been theorized that Optimus is under some form of mind control, but perhaps there's more to it than that. We're assuming that Bumblebee is the victim in the altercation. Maybe instead, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the fight. Whatever the case is, we're unlikely to have it revealed before the movie comes out, so we'll just have to wait until June to learn what's really happening.
Given the TV spot is called "Choose A Side," however, we may see a repeat of last year's two superhero-versus-superhero movies, Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, only this time with Transformers. If that's the case, we may get some hint about the direction of the film and how the potential different factions of Autobots fit into the time-hopping story and the resurrection of Megatron. Hopefully the heroes work things out though, as that giant floating mass heading towards the Earth hardly looks friendly.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018