With production wrapped on Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, it seems like the new entry into the film series is perhaps more ambitious than its three predecessors. The new film will feature new Autobots and Decepticons, a new story, and new characters. The question surrounding the new Transformers film is: how will it connect to the first film trilogy, if at all?
While on the red carpet for his new film Lone Survivor, actor Mark Wahlberg spoke about the differences from the first three Transformers movies and the new one he just completed with Michael Bay. While the 42-year-old actor didn’t divulge any plot details about Age of Extinction, he did mention that the new Transformers movie is a completely new beast. Wahlberg said:
It’s a completely different stand-alone movie. It takes place after the third one, after the battle of Chicago. It’s definitely its own story.
I think it’s very different and fresh and people are going to really enjoy it. I had a blast making it. And you’re going to see things in this particular movie that you haven’t seen in the other movies.
It seems like the only connective tissue between Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction is its Chicago setting and the appearance of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. It’s going to be interesting to see how Transformers characters like fan-favorite Bumblebee will fare in a new trilogy without his companion Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf). Will Bumblebee find a new family with Cade (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz)?
Wahlberg also said that the new movie will feature things “you haven’t seen in the other movies.” This quote points to the appearance of the Dinobots, which the film’s producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed, but it might also hint at the film’s new villain. There is plenty of speculation regarding the rebirth of Megatron into Galvatron for Age of Extinction. A recently leaked product listing for the new toy line from Hasbro shows that Galvatron is indeed tied into the new film (or at least his action figure is), but it will be interesting to see if Galvatron’s creator will also be featured in the new Transformers movie.
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In franchise canon, the planet-sized Transformer Unicron created Galvatron and many new Decepticons. According to Classicalite.com, the Decepticon Cyclonus might be another new villain in Age of Extinction. Cyclonus is the second-in-command to Galvatron, created by Unicron from the Insecticon Bombshell in 1986’s Transformers: The Movie. With Galvatron and Cyclonus possibly on board, Unicron shouldn’t be too far behind.
Meanwhile, new images from JoBlo.com feature Optimus Prime riding the Dinobot Grimlock. It will be interesting to see of the Dinobots are going to be that big in the Age of Extinction. Considering that Optimus Prime is already a giant freakin’ robot, he looks absolutely tiny when compared to Grimlock. In the original animated series, the Dinobots were bigger than the regular Transformers, but not that much bigger. It seems like the Dinobots are at the same scale as the Jaegers from Pacific Rim.
There are no plot details available for Age of Extinction, but director Michael Bay describes the movie as a “chase from hell.” The new film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Victoria Summer, Kelsey Grammer, and Peter Cullen.
Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.