Ever since the Bumblebee movie came out in 2018, fans of the franchise have been curious on where the live-action movies will go. This follows the much favorable reviews the aforementioned film got compared to the prior ones helmed by Michael Bay. Well, Hasbro and Paramount just provided an answer as they revealed the 7th entry in the live-action movie franchise.
The next movie will be Transformers: Rise of the Beasts which basically confirms the long rumored speculation on how the next entry will include characters from the Beast Wars: Transformers series. The movie is set in 1994 and continues the story set up by Bumblebee. It will center on a story revolving around the Incas and will be set in both Machu Picchu and New York City. Optimus Prime will be taking the lead role this time and sports an upgraded version of his look from Bumblebee. The movie will also show how Optimus supposedly becomes the leader was in the earlier movies — probably in concept and not in actual continuity.
Bumblebee will also appear along with other bots seen in the opening scenes of the previous entry. But what’s more interesting is we’ll finally get the live-action debut of the Maximals and Predacons, along with the Terrorcons which appears to be a third faction and the primary villains. There’s no mention of any Decepticon appearances, which is alright since the movie already has four factions taking screen time.
And if we have Maximals, we definitely have Optimus Primal who stands in the same stature as Optimus Prime. He’ll appear along other Maximals like Rhinox and Airazor. His appearance is also reportedly similar to the concept art revealed from The Last Knight with his exterior being a mixture of fur and metal.
Scourge is confirmed to be their leader of the Terrorcons and shares a similar vibe with Lockdown from Age of Extinction. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be directed by Steven Caple Jr. who previously did Creed II and will hit theaters on June 24, 2022.