Leading up to the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, it seems like the big hook of the movie is Optimus Prime's supposed turn to the dark side. The film's theatrical trailer built up to this reveal, and a previous TV spot also highlighted this development.
The fifth Michael Bay-directed film in the franchise seems to have a lot of ground to cover, given the Optimus twist, the inclusion of both King Arthur and Nazis, and the groundwork for a Transformers cinematic universe. With the possibility of Optimus going bad being just one of the film's "surprises," it will be interesting to see how that holds audiences' attentions leading up to The Last Knight's summer release date.
Much like The Fate of the Furious trailer, it is a somewhat novel approach to mix up the franchise by suddenly turning the hero into the villain. If there was any way to hook in old and new audiences, this is a way to do it. That is apparently what Paramount is relying on, as wants to be sure they know this is a big moment to focus in on, in addition to the world being in jeopardy once again. See for yourself in the new TV spot recently posted.
The TV spot features the Optimus Prime twist, but also puts focus on the massive structure (believed by some fans to be Unicron) approaching and latching itself onto Earth. Major Transformers fans must certainly have theories regarding whether or not these films are finally bringing in Unicron or another huge threat seen in other media forms, animated or otherwise. How all of this will tie into Arthurian legend is certainly another curiosity, but this spot doesn't put any focus on anything beyond the present-day moments previously featured in the first theatrical trailer.
Really, there is nothing new presented here, but the message is clear: the world is in jeopardy and the characters can no longer rely on Optimus Prime to save mankind. It will apparently be up to Mark Wahlberg and Bumblebee, but even those seem like risky bets. Now, Bumblebee does have a spin-off film in the works, so audiences probably shouldn't fret too much about whether the fan-favorite Autobot lives or dies (unless that movie is set before the events of Transformers: The Last Knight).
All will be revealed eventually, but for now we'll just have to hold onto the idea of Optimus being a fallen hero, and wonder what secrets The Last Knight is still hiding.
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018