Say what you want about the Transformers movies — and we all have — but there’s no denying they deliver spectacle on a level unto themselves. That trend looks like it will continue with the fifth film, Transformers: The Last Knight.
Michael Bay directs Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: The Last Knight. Image: Paramount
Once again directed by Michael Bay, The Last Knight is kind of a soft reboot on the franchise, which ended the last film with a new star (Mark Wahlberg) and Optimus Prime heading off on a mission to his old planet of Cybertron. What happens next? Here's the insane first trailer to give you a taste.
Yup, that's a Michael Bay Transformers movie all right.
— #TRANSFORMERS (@transformers) December 6, 2016
As you'll learn in our set visit report Tuesday morning, The Last Knight is a "deep dive" into the mythology of Transformers. It will feature two storylines from two different timelines through the robot mythology running concurrently and converging at the end. They will explore how and why the Transformers split into factions, and have a historical context on Earth as well. Basically, things are just bigger than ever.
What you can't tell from the trailer is if Transformers: The Last Knight will continue the trend of the series mostly being all spectacle and no spark. The first film had a serviceable amount of character, emotion, and wonder in it but since then, each film has failed to reach that standard. The Last Knight could, but we'll have to wait until June 23 to find out.
Check back Tuesday morning for Gizmodo's report directly from the set of Transformers: The Last Knight.