TRANSFORMER THE LAST KNIGHT
The Transformers storys so far.
At the end of the month, Transformers:
The Last Knight, would have premiered in cinemas. This is the fifth film in the Michael Bay-helmed series, and 2017 also happens to be the 10th anniversary of the film series. With three more sequels having been confirmed by Hasbro, it seems as great time as any to talk about the Transformers story so far, just before the start of what is seemingly the second half of the series. Of course, we’d like to talk a bit on what’s to come in the series as well – at least, what little we know anyway.
Since the sequence of events can be a tad confusing if we were to put everything in chronological order, we’ll go with a short recap of the films instead.
In the first Transformers (2007) movie, we were introduced to the Transformers alien species as two factions – the Autobots and Decepticons – were waging civil war against each other, devastating their home planet Cybertron. The leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, sent the AllSpark, a powerful artifact that brings life to the planet, into space. Megatron pursued the artifact, only to crash in Earth’s Arctic Circle. Autobot scout Bumblebee also arrives on Earth, thus beginning the race to find the AllSpark between Bumblebee and the other Decepticons. At the conclusion of the conflict, the AllSpark was pushed into Megatron’s chest, which extinguished his spark, leaving the Decepticon leader presumably dead. The Transformers went into hiding once again, each calling more allies to their side for a prolonged conflict on Earth between the two factions.
Of course, that’s not the end of Megatron, as Revenge of the Fallen (2009) introduces the entity that he supposedly serves: The Fallen. Further revealed was the fact that The Fallen was once one of the Seven Primes who traveled the galaxy, creating Energon using star-absorbing machines called Sun Harvesters. The Seven Primes decided that no Sun Harvester should be set on a planet with abundant life, but The Fallen insists on placing one on Earth. He was stopped by the Seven Primes, who imprison him using the Matrix of Leadership, which they then hid by sacrificing themselves. The present then shows a Megatron, resurrected using a small All-Spark shard, killing Optimus Prime in an ambush. Near the conclusion of the conflict, Optimus Prime is later resurrected using the Matrix of Leadership that the Seven Primes manifested. Optimus Prime then proceeds to kill The Fallen and disable Megatron, who retreats vowing vengeance.
Dark of the Moon (2011) then details a Cybertronian Ark that crash landed on the dark side of Earth’s moon. The Autobots set off to explore the Ark, and find a comatose Sentinel Prime, the predecessor to Optimus Prime as leader of the Autobots and the creator of Pillars that could establish a Space Bridge – essentially teleportation from one point to another. But as the Autobots rush Sentinel to their base for Protection, Sentinel betrays them, revealing that he made a deal with Megatron to ensure Cybertron’s survival. Under the threat of war, the Autobots agreed to be exiled from Earth, but the space ship supposedly carrying the Autobots was destroyed by Decepticon second-incommand Starscream just as it leaves Earth, seemingly killing the Autobots. The Autobots later reveal themselves to have not been on the destroyed space ship, and they work with the humans to destroy the pillars as Optimus Prime confronts Sentinel Prime and Megatron.
The fourth film, Age of Extinction (2014), reveals the Dinobots. These Transformers who had dinosaurs as their secondary forms instead were created in the age of dinosaurs as an alien race known as the ‘Creators’ used devices called Seeds to terraform Earth to harvest an alloy known as Transformium. Back in modern times, rogue CIA black ops division, Cemetery Wind, have been eliminating Transformers regardless of faction. They are aided by Lockdown, a Cybertronian bounty hunter working for the Creators. Optimus Prime, with remaining Autobot allies Bummblebee, Drift, Hound and Crosshairs, later discover that K.S.I. Industries, a company that uses excavated Transformium to build Transformer drones, is involved in the attacks on the Autobots. Destroyed Transformers – Autobot and Decepticon alike – were also discovered to be melted down to manufacture Transformer drones, as well as prototype Transformer soldiers Galvatron and Stinger, using technology extracted from a decapitated Megatron head from the previous film. Megatron’s consciousness from his severed head inevitably takes over Galvatron. The three-way conflict between the Autobots, Cemetery Wind and the K.S.I. drones – de facto Decepticons at this point – would continue until Optimus Prime wins the alliance of the Dinobots. Optimus finally destroys Lockdown, before flying into space in search of the Creators.
So what comes after The Last Knight? It’s safe to say that there will be a lot more films to come, considering the number of sequels that are still in queue. And sequels are not the only thing that the Transformers film franchise has to offer, considering that a Bumblebee spin-off movie is confirmed to be in the works. It’s slated to arrive on June 8, 2018, and so far few else is known about it. There is also word that it will be a prequel movie, and that there will not be a lot of other Transformers. If this is true, then there is a chance that we’ll be getting an explanation as to why the Autobot is unable to speak, among other things, about his past that we might want to know about.
As for a direct sequel to the film franchise, it is scheduled for a June 28, 2019 premiere. We can’t tell for sure if
Transformers 6 will be a title for this film, or will it be relegated to the Bumblebee spin-off with the new film being
Transformers 7 instead.
Transformers: The Last Knight is coming to cinemas nationwide on June 22, 2017.
The logo that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office granted to Hasbro for the Bumblebee spin-off movie, tentatively called The Bumblebee Movie.