Transformers: Rise of the Beasts was a pleasant surprise and ended up being one of the best Transformers movies in years. The soft reboot Bumblebee was a solid way to launch a fresh start for the franchise, and this follow-up proved that the franchise is finally on the right track again. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can watch it now on Paramount+.
Transformers Rise of the Beasts is streaming now on Paramount+.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts pulls inspiration from the beloved Beast Wars storyline and acts as both a sequel to Bumblebee and a prequel to the original Michael Bay Transformers film from 2007. Creed II‘s Steven Caple Jr. takes over the director’s chair with a screenplay by Joby Harold, Darnell Metayer, Josh Peters, Erich Hoeber, and Jon Hoeber.
The film follows two humans who team up with the Autobots and the Maximals to stop the Terrorcons and an army of Predacon scorpions from obtaining the Transwarp Key for the planet-eating Unicron.
With the critical and commercial success of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Transformers fans can rest assured that the film franchise will continue chugging along for the forseeable future.
Tranformers: Rise of the Beasts stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback as the lead human roles with Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Yeoh, Pete Davidson, Liza Koshy, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Colman Domingo, Cristo Fernández, and Tongayi Chirisa lending their voices to the Autobots, Maximals, and Terrorcons.
Peter Cullen returns as Optimus Prime with franchise regulars John DiMaggio and David Sobolov also returning. While the film has recieved relatively mixed reviews overall, long-time fans of the film franchise enjoyed it and felt like it was a return to form to the quality of the early entries.
Before Bumblebee and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts course-corrected the Transformers franchise, it could be argued that it was a floundering IP. While Age of Extinction and The Last Knight still made a ton of money, they were critically panned. Bumblebee came along and got the best reviews in the franchise yet, revitalizing interest and pointing the IP in the right direction again.
With the critical and commercial success of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Transformers fans can rest assured that the film franchise will continue chugging along for the foreseeable future. Two sequels for the film are already in development and there is an animated film titled Transformers: One in the development pipeline. Transformers: One actually already has a release date, and is scheduled to drop on September 13, 2024.
Transformers: One is set to explore the origins of the Transformers and depict the events that lead Optimus Prime and Megatron to go from best friends to enemies. The voice cast consists of Chris Hemsworth as Orion Pax / Optimus Prime, Brian Tyree Henry as Megatron, Scarlett Johansson as Elita-One, Keegan-Michael Key as Bumblebee, Jon Hamm as Sentinel Prime, and Laurence Fishburne as Alpha Trion.
Like Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Transformers: One is also intended to be the beginning of a new trilogy.
In short, there is going to be plenty of Transformers content to enjoy for a long while, especially if these films can maintain the level of financial success that the previous films have.
Perhaps one of the most interesting developments of these upcoming films is the fact that they are planning a major crossover with another major Paramount film franchise. If you haven’t watched Transformers: Rise of the Beasts yet, make sure to skip the next paragraph to avoid any spoilers.
At the end of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, we get a little scene that shows Anthony Ramos get a very unique job offer — to become a member of the G.I. Joes.
Not only do we get this major crossover tease, but producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has since confirmed that future installments of the Transformers franchise will gradually work in characters and elements from the G.I. Joe franchise before eventually making the major crossover event. For fans of these 80s toy franchises, Paramount is working toward quite the major on-screen event.
Barring that brief crossover cameo at the end of the film, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts stands on its own and you definitely don’t need to have seen other entries to the franchise to enjoy it. If you want some giant transforming robot fights with massive visual effects budgets, then this film certainly isn’t going to disappoint you in that respect.
Make sure to check out Transformers: Rise of the Beasts on Paramount+ this weekend and stay tuned for more news on Transformers and Paramount’s other major franchises.