For moviegoers who aren’t familiar with the Transformers mythology – whether from the animated series or the comics – but who are fans of the films, making future installments Earth-based will help keep the stories of Robots in Disguise relatable. Still, while long-time fans of the Transformers brand may be disappointed we won’t see a movie that travels to Cybertron, Bonaventura indicated upcoming films may be freer to move through time – particularly to the past, long before Sam Witwicky met Bumblebee. Bonaventura said:
You could do [different time periods]. For sure, you could do that. And we’ve examined – you could easily make an argument that in Roman times, you know what I mean? That seems like a good period.
Of course, the freedom to explore different time periods within the Transformers cinematic universe could open up the franchise to diversifying its tone while still maintaining its core appeal of action-packed giant robot adventures. Seeing Autobots and Decepticons battle it out in the Roman Colosseum could be a fun experience for casual moviegoers and Transformers fans alike, while tapping into the sword-and-sandal style of film. Additionally, given that The Last Knight will be taking place partially in the past, both in the time of King Arthur and World War II, the Transformers franchise seems poised to explore a number of different time periods through its upcoming films.
That said, any prequel – or film with scenes set in the past – would still have to fit within the movie universe in terms of continuity, which does limit the time periods a spinoff could visit. Additionally, as viewers seemed to indicate with their responses to Transformers: Age of Extinction, a film following the Robots in Disguise must have a compelling story in addition to action spectacle. But, it seems the Transformers writer’s room, which was filled with talent from both the film and television worlds, may help to boost Paramount’s franchise – it certainly helped to win director Michael Bay back for Transformers: The Last Knight.
Transformers 6 opens in U.S. theaters on June 28, 2019.