Unicron Returns In Transformers 7, Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts

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Unicron is officially Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" villain, but the reveal retcons Michael Bay"s last movie, Transformers: The Last Knight.

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has confirmed Unicron is the real villain of the movie, retconning Michael Bay's last Transformers movie in the process. Although bay was in charge of overseeing the first five films based on Hasbro's toys, Paramount shifted the live-action series in a new direction with 2018's Bumblebee. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts continues the prequel story that takes place 13 years before the events of Bay's original movie. It introduces new Transformers factions as a way khổng lồ expand the franchise, with the Terrorcon leader Scourge originally promoted as Transformers 7's villain.

Thanks to lớn the release of another Transformers: Rise of the Beasts trailer, Paramount has surprisingly confirmed that Unicron is actually the main threat facing the Autobots, Maximals, và humanity. Unicron is arguably the biggest villain in the Transformers canon due to lớn its sheer form size and destruction capabilities. As the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts trailer reiterates, Unicron eats planets, so he is gigantic compared to lớn every other Transformer. The reveal that Unicron is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' villain is an exciting development, but it also means the movie retcons Transformers: The Last Knight.


Seeing Unicron in all its glory in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts comes after Michael Bay's movies already used the character, albeit in a surprising fashion. Transformers: The Last Knight revealed a twist that Unicron was Earth. This was revealed to be possible because the planet known as Earth formed around Unicron billions of years ago. Transformers: The Last Knight teased that Unicron was dormant as the Earth's core, leaving Quintessa with a plan khổng lồ drain its energy source khổng lồ revive Cybertron. This plot ultimately failed, but Michael Bay's movies concretely confirmed that Unicron was inside Earth.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' Unicron story does not line up with Transformers: The Last Knight at all, though. The new Transformers movie trailer shows the planet-eating villain attacking other planets. Scourge is positioned as Unicron's herald and could come to lớn Earth to determine if it is a worthy planet for the supersized villain khổng lồ consume. It would take another Unicron-sized twist lớn the Transformers lore lớn make both films' use of the villain make sense within the same continuity. There would either need to be two versions of Unicron or confirmation that Michael Bay's last Transformers movie incorrectly identified another Transformer as Unicron.


Unicron in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is a massive indication that the film does not exist in the same canon as Michael Bay's Transformers movies. This has already been debated thanks lớn how Bumblebee served as a soft reboot of the continuity, giving the Autobots a new origin story & backstory on Earth. Those involved with the films have refrained from saying that Michael Bay's Transformers movies are no longer canon, especially since he is still involved as a producer. However, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' Unicron reveal is the best sign yet that the franchise is no longer concerned with connecting khổng lồ any of Bay's films.

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The full Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Trailer just dropped the movie’s biggest reveal. & it’s a swerve away from the mythology of the Michael bay films, too. Unicron — the giant, planet-sized robot voiced by Orson Welles in the animated movie — will finally menace Earth in live-action. This would appear lớn contradict the ending of Bay’s The Last Knight, which revealed that Unicron was actually Earth as a living, semi-dormant Transformer. The advent of a giant, planet eater arriving in our solar system in the ’90s would also not likely be the sort of thing anyone would forget by 2007, when the events of the events of the first Transformers movie take place.

Colman Domingo will follow in Welles’ footsteps as the voice of the big bad. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who usually seems lượt thích he’s not holding back any details when he talks lớn press, genuinely swerved fans on this one. After Bumblebee, he would say that the storyline wasn’t going back to the Unicron cliffhanger. The character was just too big to bởi correctly, he’d claim. And yet here he is. Take a look:

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Unicron appears at the đứng top of the new poster, with several other familiar robots below. Paramount just released this one-sheet as well as the trailer:


Continuity, frankly, has never been a major concern of the live-action movies, with virtually every Michael bay movie retconning details from the previous installments. But unless Earth undergoes a mass amnesia events, or there are actually two Unicrons, this would be the most major indication yet that the current timeline’s a reboot. Thus they might as well not pretend Megatron’s still frozen beneath the Hoover Dam. Who knows — maybe that’s a big surprise in the film’s third act. One of Unicron’s major moves, after all, is turning Megatron into Galvatron. Then again, Galvatron was a truck in Age of Extinction already.

What vị you think of Unicron’s reveal? bởi vì you care about continuity in these films? Let us know in comments.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been a professional film critic since 1999, & part of the toy blogging community since the aughts. He was the first blogger khổng lồ cover Comic-Con panel by panel for a major trade publication, and has several LA Press Club awards and honorable mentions, including one for reviewing fast food.

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