Warning: Spoilers may follow
Speculating about big budget films can be a lot of fun, and particularly when they’re based on beloved franchises and we have nothing but the lore of the series to go on. The Transformers films then offer great opportunities to do this, seeing as they’re based on perhaps one of the most popular toy lines in history and there is such a rich backstory and mythos for the film makers to mine.
And with Transformers 4 confirmed, but with hardly any details regarding the plot revealed this seems like a perfect time to start making wild guesses and claims based on insubstantial evidence. Let the second guessing begin!
What We Know
First of all let’s look at what we know. First of all we know that Michael Bay will be returning as director despite his initial claims that he wouldn’t. For some this might not be seen as great news, but it does nevertheless mean we can assume that the next film will be similar in tone to the previous three. So that means hot women, slow motion and tonnes of explosions.
The people who won’t be returning though are Shia LaBeouf or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley -which means we need a new human cast which it has been announced will be taken care of by none other than Mark Wahlberg. So that means fewer teenage hijinks and probably a bit more human-centric action (at one point Jason Statham was being courted for the role).
The Status Quo
While the human cast has changed, Michael Bay has been keen to stress that the series is not being rebooted. Which means that Optimus, Bumblebee and the gang will all be right were we left them at the end of the Dark Side of the Moon.
This of course means that Megatron is dead and bringing him back again might seem like a bit much seeing as he was already killed off and dumped at the bottom of the Mariana Trench once. So that means we need a new bad guy, which is where Michael Bay might start to go through the archives once again…
The Original Movie
Now when it comes to big bad guys in Transformers history there are only two others that spring to mind, those being Galvatron and Unicron – who coincidentally are linked in terms of plot. This also makes sense seeing as Michael Bay has said he wants to focus more on the Transformers themselves rather than the human characters and maybe take the Transformers into space – which is precisely what happened in original 1980s cartoon movie where those two iconic characters appeared.
Essentially what happens here is that a giant transforming planet named Unicron comes from space to essentially eat the Transformers’ home planet of Cybertron, uniting the remaining Autoobots and Decipticons and sending them on a space mission to stop it. Unicron who is essentially a God type character re-animates the dead Megatron to create Galvatron who is even more powerful and insane than before and gives him an army to go up against Prime.
This story makes perfect sense for the fourth film based on the direction that Bay has stated he wants to take the series and the big demand from the fans. It wouldn’t be too much of a leap to suggest that this instalment could be set in the future (just like the original film) and that might mean that Mark Wahlberg could actually play an adult Spike Witwicky.
My only other inkling is that it’s high time that fan favourites the Dinobots should appear, lead by their monosyllabic leader Grimlock. He’s a character who is perfect for the tone of Bay’s films and that all the fans are dying to see, but how his origin could be tied into the Unicron plot I’m not entirely certain.
Andrew Simon likes nothing more then a spirited debate on who is the most powerful superhero of all time. Among all the new movies he watched, he feels Avengers was the best.