Sometimes, following a cinematic universe can be a pain. With each film that passes, there's more material to retain and refresh your mind on before a new movie arrives in theaters. While it's a rewarding experience, it's also something that requires a lot of time that people don't always have. Thankfully, if you're worried about trying to keep up with the plot of the Transformers films, you won't have to refresh yourself before seeing Transformers: The Last Knight.
Collider recently spoke with the Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and they mainly discussed the inner workings of what to expect from Transformers: The Last Knight. With the franchise continuing to develop, both through its narrative proper and the spin-off universe it'll start to branch into with the Bumblebee film, there will definitely be a lot more to keep track of. But as di Bonaventura mentions in the interview, Transformers: The Last Knight will give fans and new-comers alike a level playing field with the following development:
The opening of the film will introduce the sort of exploration of the mythology that we're going to do. Therefore, it's not necessary to have seen the films before, because it's going to establish the--let's call it the mystery of the movie, and the direction the movie is going to go in.
Transformers: The Last Knight promises to not only delve further into the story of Optimus Prime and the Autobots versus Megatron and the Decepticons, but also how they have connected and interacted with human history. Reaching as far back as Arthurian legend, and even making a stop in World War II, Michael Bay's latest foray into the Transformers saga looks to be continuing a pattern that started in Transformers: Age of Extinction. With a narrative that doesn't lean too much on previous installments, but instead uses pre-existing characters to connect things together, it sounds like it's going to be easier than ever to get on board with the Transformers series.
While it won't be required to watch the first four Transformers films to keep up with Transformers: The Last Knight, it's probably advised that audiences at least watch Transformers: Age of Extinction, if only to familiarize themselves with returning characters like Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager and Stanley Tucci's Joshua Joyce. In that case, there's plenty of time to lay some groundwork as Transformers: The Last Knight rolls out on June 24, 2017 in traditional and IMAX theaters.