A new clip from Transformers: Rise of the Beasts showcases a tense situation when the Autobots and the Maximals first encounter one another.
The snippet begins with the imposing Optimus Primal (Ron Perlman) dropping down a small waterfall to interrogate Noah (Anthony Ramos) and Elena (Dominique Fishback), the film’s human protagonists. Before the two can respond, Mirage (Pete Davidson) drops in to put a stop to the towering robotic gorilla. Several more Transformers arrive on the scene, including Wheeljack (Cristo Fernández) and Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), before concluding in a tense standoff between the Autobots and Maximals. After ordering Optimus Primal to surrender, Prime prepares to fire his rifle before saying, “I won’t ask a second time.”
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts marks the first time the Autobots have come into contact with the Maximals in Paramount Pictures’ live-action film franchises. Set in the 1990s, after the events of Bumblebee but before Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, the latest entry will see the factions unite to take on the threat of both the Predacons and the Terrorcons. While those two groups may already pose a significant threat, Rise of the Beasts is going one step further by introducing the world-ending entity known as Unicron.
Speaking about the big bad fans of the franchise have been waiting to see make the leap to the big screen, director Steve Caple Jr. noted that Unicron represents a danger that’s much grander than a single film. “I won’t spoil the movie for you, but I feel like this was the intro to Unicron and seeing what he can do, and then we can just grow from here,” the filmmaker said. “I do think we need to hint more – in the previous films, we would see just a horn or something small like that. The fans would go ballistic and say, ‘We want Unicron!’ I hope I did them right by giving them Unicron.”
One major change to the film series that may surprise long-time fans is how Caple Jr. has approached character arcs, promising some more compelling journies. “The primary thing that’s happening is both humans have more agency than they’ve ever had in any of our movies. And they both have character arcs,” he said. “At the same time, which we’ve never done, we have a character arc for Optimus Prime. And those character arcs are in conflict until they’re in unity.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts blasts into theaters on June 9.
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