Mythology and world building have become key facets of the blockbuster landscape. It is no longer enough to establish a core group of characters who go on adventures; directors and film studios must endeavor to create entire fictional environments full of rich history and exciting new avenues for stories. The Transformers franchise has gradually inched towards the cinematic universe model leading up to the release of Transformers: The Last Knight and a new poster and footage for the upcoming blockbuster appears to suggest that the Autobots and Decepticons have been on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized in previous films. Take a look at the impressive piece of promotional art below.
It is incredibly admirable to see what the Transformers franchise is beginning to attempt with The Last Knight -- particularly with the release of that new poster. Rather than reboot and create an entirely new mythology for Michael Bay's long-running action series, the upcoming fifth installment will delve into the history of the Transformers on Earth and present audiences with a rich tapestry of history that still falls in line with everything that we have seen in the last four films. We already know that Arthurian legend will play a massive role in the events of the upcoming movie (hence the name The Last Knight), but now it appears that the film will take an incredibly in-depth look at the overarching Transformers timeline -- including in Japan during the Edo period. "They have always been here," and we are about to take a much closer look.
Check out a clip from Transformers: The Last Knight below for an even closer look at the mythology behind the franchise:
That clip makes it incredibly clear that Anthony Hopkins' Sir Edmund Burton will become critical when it comes to establishing a new sense of lore for the Transformers franchise. He appears to have a detailed knowledge of the history of the mechanical race of shapeshifting robots, and he will play a vital role in helping Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) understand the legacy of the Transformers on Earth. Looking at all of the artwork and knickknacks he has strewn about in his study, we can likely assume that he will eventually shed new light onto the greater mythology of the various generations of Transformers -- such as samurai-era Transformers, WWI-era Transformers, and WWII-era Transformers that go toe-to-toe with Nazis.