At the end of 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime was seen rocketing into space having learned from the bounty hunter Lockdown that his employers had contracted him to return Optimus to them. To many this ending seemed out of character for Optimus Prime, who has been shown in the movie series to be highly devoted to his comrades and friends and thus unlikely to abandon them.
According to the movie lore, 75,000 years BC the First Primes, introduced in 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, sacrificed themselves to protect the Matrix of Leadership after stopping one of their own Fallen from activating the Sun Harvester and destroying all life on Earth. During the movie, Optimus is inferred to be a descendant of one of the seven Primes.
However, according to the original lore Optimus Prime is actually one of the original Primes, the last Prime who opted to be transformed into a lesser descendant AKA a Transformer and leader of the Autobot faction. The Primes themselves were created by an entity called Primus, who along with Unicron, the chaos-bringer was created by The One.
The revelation of the fifth movie's title suggests that the above lore is going to be further explored with the introduction of Primus and the likelihood of Unicron (pictured above) being teased as the villain for the sixth installment.
Production begins next month, with filming in Detroit expected to take place as with the previous installments, with Transformers: The Last Knight hitting theaters June 23rd, 2017.
Transformers: The Last Knight June 23rd, 2017
More about Transformers: The Last Knight (movie)
The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
Directed by Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight's release date is June 23rd, 2017.
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