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Next year, the Transformers franchise continues with its fifth installment, Transformers: The Last Knight. Although the last several weeks have seen casting news come out regarding the human cast, there’s barely been any news about which robots in disguise will appear aside from protagonist Optimus Prime. Now the movie’s villain has been revealed, and it won’t be a newcomer joining the ranks. Nope, we’ll be getting even more of Megatron in action.
Yes, despite already serving as either the main antagonist or side villain in four movies, Megatron is returning for Transformers: The Last Knight. Without director Michael Bay’s caption in the Instagram video above, many fans might not have guessed it was Megatron, as he doesn’t look like any of his previous forms in this teaser. While the video didn’t confirm if Megatron will be the lead villain this time around, the Autobots can definitely expect to encounter a lot of trouble from him. While it’s extremely unlikely that he’ll be the eponymous "last knight," don’t be surprised if he gains peculiar enhancements to make him even more powerful to go along with the changed look.
Megatron has been part of the Transformers series since the first movie in 2007, where he led the Decepticons to steal the All-Spark after being frozen for over a century. In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, he was revived and served The Fallen, but in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, his head was ripped off by Optimus Prime. However, it was revealed in Transformers: Age of Extinction that his consciousness was still inside his severed head, and after Kinetic Solutions Incorporated obtained his remains, he was able to download his mind into Galvatron (seen below), a Transformer created by the company. By the end of the movie, Megatron escaped with some new lackey Decepticons and had accepted his new identity, though it remains to be seen whether he’ll refer to himself as Megatron or Galvatron in Transformers: The Last Knight.
Michael Bay and his crew have already done some prep work for Transformers: The Last Knight in Cuba, and production will begin sometime in June. As far as human characters go, Mark Wahlberg will reprise inventor Cade Yeager following Transformers: Age of Extinction and Josh Duhamel returning to play Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox after being absent since the third movie. New folks include Isabela Moner as "street-smart tomboy" Izabella and Jerrod Carmichael as a yet-to-be-identified character.
Transformers: The Last Knight will be released in theaters on June 23, 2017.