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It has to be said that Michael Bay has been doing a sensational job of keeping Transformers fans updated with the latest information regarding the Autobots and Decepticons ever since production began on The Last Knight. Over the course of the last seven days, Bay has given us close-up pictures of Drift, Sqweeks, Crosshairs, Hound, Barricade, Megatron, and now, Bumblebee, who you can have a gander at below:
Kudos to Michael Bay for including a nice little tribute to Muhammed Ali in his Tweet regarding Bumblebee, as he paraphrased the legendary boxer's famous line down to the nifty hashtag of, "#stinglikeabee." At the same time, Bay also gave fans a quick update of Bumblebee's traits, reminding the world that he's the second-in-command of the Autobots, behind Optimus Prime, and describing his personality as a loyal guardian and scout. Obviously he's not that loyal, though, considering that he seemingly abandoned his former BFF Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in Age Of Extinction.
However, the biggest revelation from Michael Bay's tweet regarding Bumblebee was that he's undergone a bit of a transformation, in order to both spruce up the franchise and incorporate new computer technology that has prospered since the release of Age Of Extinction. Back in June, Michael Bay, once again, took to Twitter to confirm that Bumblebee's incognito mode in The Last Knight would be a 2016 Camaro, which is an update from the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro he was in Age Of Extinction.
Fortunately, the director's image on Friday shows that Bumblebee isn't dramatically different from the character's previous designs in the Transformers cinematic universe. This biggest difference though is Bumblebee's helmet, which when it drops down to cover and protect his face this time around actually makes him look like a bee. Since it's been confirmed that a Bumblebee spin-off film will be following The Last Knight in 2018, it's safe to assume that the Autobot is going to get a more substantial role in the fifth installment to the Transformers universe to entice audiences into the upcoming blockbuster. Hasbro's Tom Warner admitted as much back in February, explaining that the expansion of the Transformers series will see new films added to the franchise on a yearly basis, with Transformers 6 arriving in 2019, too.
Transformers: The Last Knight will kick this all off on June 23, 2017, with Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and many other actors joining the robots in disguise to tie the franchise together.