We all know that director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is going to be a huge hit this summer. And now that we know for sure it’s the start of a new trilogy, there is going to be a ton more robot action in our future. Even though Paramount could probably just dump a new Transformers movie in the theater and bring in an absurd amount of money, that’s never stopped them from going all out on the promotion end of things. Last night, during the MTV Movie Awards, the studio debuted a new TV ad for Age of Extinction, and today they’re right back at it with three new photos.
This video plays like many of the other spots and trailers we’ve seen. It introduces us to the new hero of the franchise, an inventor/mechanic named Cade, played by Mark Wahlberg. As indicated, some time has past since the last movie, Dark of the Moon, and Transformers themselves have, apparently, become a thing of the past. We’ll get to the reality of that claim in a moment.
Maybe the best part about Age of Extinction is going to be that we finally meet the Dino-bots, and the most exciting new piece to the puzzle, is that we get slightly more footage of that fight between Optimus Prime and Grimlock. While I’m not crazy about the character design on the Dino-bots—to be honest, I’ve never been big fan of any of the robot designs—this is still pretty damn cool.
Though the powers that be may think, or at least claim, that the age of the Transformers is over, obviously, that’s not the case. They’re all over this commercial. As you see in this spot, Optimus Prime has been inactive since the battle in Chicago in Dark of the Moon. We also know that the government is reportedly building their own versions of the extraterrestrial robots, based on the wreckage found in the rubble of the Windy City. All in all, you can be pretty sure that when all of these things combine, it’s just going to kick off a new age for the Transformers, complete with new characters so Hasbro can sell more toys.
This first photo gives you a clear picture of just how beat up Optimus Prime is when Cade finds him and rescues him from the scrap heap. He better be one hell of a mechanic, because the Autobot leader is in rough shape..
In addition to being a rather beefy guy, Cade is also going to get the opportunity to wield some advanced, off-world tech, which, for an inventor, has to be a thrilling prospect. This is very similar to an image that was featured on a poster a while back.
And because we’ve seen three movies worth of Transformers stepping on just about everything that gets in their way, Cade and his daughter, Tessa (Nicola Peltz), are going to spend a fair amount of this movie running for their very lives.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens everywhere June 27.
Wahlberg also provided one of the highlights of the awards show last night, delivering a profanity-laced speech while accepting the Generation Award, or as he called it, the “Too fucking old to come back” award. Watch the whole thing for yourself here.