The latest action-packed adventure, starring Mark Wahlberg, will be released June 21.
The sci-fi action franchise Transformers began in 2007 with a teenage boy and a yellow Chevrolet Camaro. The movie earned $410.2 million at the domestic box office (adjusted for inflation) and has spawned four sequels, including June 21's Transformers: The Last Knight.
For the uninitiated, the franchise — based on the beloved toy line — centers on alien robots able to transform themselves into everyday machinery, such as cars and appliances. Thousands of years ago, a civil war broke out on a planet called Cybertron between two transformer factions, the heroic Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, and villainous Decepticons, led by Megatron. The humans on Earth discover this secret and are needed to help end the ongoing invasion.
Michael Bay directed all five films: Transformers (2007), Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Dark of the Moon (2011), Age of Extinction (2014) and The Last Knight (2017). However, the latest film will be his last. A sixth film will be released in 2019 with a new director.
Additionally, a Bumblebee spinoff will be directed by Travis Knight and is scheduled for release in 2018. The film will explore the young Bumblebee’s life, making it a prequel.
Below, watch the trailers for all five films in the franchise.
The first film introduced Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), a teenager who bought his first car but never expected it to come to life. Witwicky and his crush, Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) get caught up in the war between the heroic Autobots and the villainous Decepticons.
Many years ago, Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, threw a mystical artifact that brings life to a planet called AllSpark into space. The leader of the Decepticons, Megatron, pursued it but crashed and froze himself.
Archibald Witwicky, an explorer, activated Megatron’s navigational system into his glasses. The glasses ended up in the hands of his great-great-grandson in present day. Sam Witwicky must help his Chevrolet Camaro, aka Bumblebee and a member of the Autobots, to end the war between the alien transformers.
The film also stars Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Rachael Taylor and John Turturro.
Taking place two years after the first, this film features the original cast. Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) prepares to attend college, leaving his girlfriend. Mikaela Banes (Fox). and car, Bumblebee, behind for a normal life. He discovers a small AllSpark in his jacket, which causes him to see symbols. The Decepticons need to see what is in Witwicky’s mind to blow out the sun. Megatron is resurrected and is ordered to capture Witwicky and kill Optimus Prime. Witwicky, Banes and Bumblebee must help the Autobots defeat the Decepticons once again.
Taking place three years after the second film, Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) is struggling to land a job but quickly finds himself caught in another war between the transformers. The Autobots and Decepticons are involved in a space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the dark side of the moon. The Autobots, with the help of Witwicky and his new girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), must battle the Decepticons and take out the new villain, Shockwave. The third film was released in 3D and Imax 3D.
Five years after the Battle of Chicago took place, most humans continue to think that all alien robots are a threat to humanity. Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer), a CIA agent, despises the transformers and establishes a unit to hunt down all of them with the help of Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci). Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), a “robotics expert,” buys an old truck only to discover that it’s actually Optimus Prime. Yeager and his daughter, Tessa Yeager (Nicola Peltz), must repair and protect the Autobots from the humans trying to destroy them.
Optimus Prime finds his home planet, Cybertron, is now a dead planet that he is responsible for "killing." In order to bring his planet back to life, he needs to find an artifact that is on Earth. This is the last Transformers film directed by Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci will return in Transformers: The Last Knight, which hits theaters June 21, 2017.