A new Transformers: The Last Knight video teases the "secret history" of the Transformers on Earth. The hugely successful Transformers franchise started out like a traditional movie trilogy, but it’s expanding beyond that. Inspired by shared movie universes like those created from Marvel and DC properties, director Michael Bay promises an expansive mythology in his fifth - and (perhaps) final - movie in the series, Transformers: The Last Knight. Though Bay is likely bowing out, the promise of an expanded Transformers universe is setting up for more installments in the franchise.
Transformers: The Last Knight is bringing back familiar faces like Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, and Tyrese Gibson, as well as longtime favorite Autobots and Decepticons. But The Last Knight is also expected to deeply explore the history of the Transformers in ways that hasn’t been done before in the franchise, led by an intriguing new character played by Anthony Hopkins. A new video teases the sequel’s underlying mythological elements.
Paramount Pictures posted the video to its YouTube channel on Thursday, which you can watch above. It teases a history of the Transformers that goes back further than anyone in the series ever imagined. “Behind every battle, behind every victory, lies a secret,” the video reads, as it flashes photos of famous historical events with Transformers lurking in the background.
The video also features a voiceover by Hopkins, who says, “For a thousand years, we’ve kept a secret history of Transformers.” Hopkins plays Sir Edmund Burton, an historian and astronomer who has extensive knowledge of the history of the Transformers and is expected to team up with Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager. It’s unclear what kind of implications that the history of the Transformers will ultimately have on the sequel’s narrative, but the presence of Liam Garrigan as King Arthur in recently revealed IMAX footage suggests that past historical events will have a major impact on the present.
Regardless of whether The Last Knight turns out to be the most successful Transformers movie in the series, it appears to be the most ambitious. Bay didn’t just tease the expanded mythology concocted by the writers, but the largest visual scope of any Transformers movie to date - which is certainly saying something. The director is promising an epic experience in theaters, especially in IMAX.
The Transformers franchise has certainly made huge returns at the box office, but the writers’ overhaul of the series’ mythology was a tacit acknowledgment that it needed improvement in the story department. Bay’s promise of the most spectacular visuals yet can only take the franchise so far, and its long-term health will need to tell more compelling stories that make other movie universes like the MCU so memorable. But the expanded mythology of the Transformers is also an encouraging sign that the writers are at least trying to take the franchise in a more complex direction.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
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