It is an interesting decision by the creative team to build an opening in the fifth film of a franchise to give viewers a chance to jump in – but also serves as an opportunity to refocus the mythology. After four films so far, the Transformers franchise has ventured into government conspiracies and most recently the creation of Transformium. Based on money alone, this is one of the biggest franchises currently in Hollywood, and there are sure to be viewers who see The Last Knight that will not have seen the previous films.
While the majority of the plot has remained hidden, what is so far known involves the use of Nazis and ties to King Arthur and his famed sword Excalibur. The new chapter follows Age of Extinction – which posited that the creators of the Transformers race was also responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs. The series has always delivered out of this world stories, so that should be the case again – however Bay ties these plot points together. Of course story hasn’t always been the main reason viewers watch a Transformers movie, so as long the action is on par with what Bay has delivered before, then he could be headed for another billion dollar addition to the franchise.
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017. Next up is the Bumblebee spin-off film on June 8, 2018, followed by Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.