Have you ever tought of Optimus Prime Transforming to a Gorilla, Megatron to a T-Rex, and Bumblebee to a cheetah? This is now a possibility as director Michael Bay announced that after Transformers 4 Age of Extinction, there will be another trilogy of the Transformers saga!
According to Entertainment Weekly, the director explained, “It’s kind of like a new Transformers. We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next one… I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing [the others], but that’s what it’s meant for.”
Seeing how the previous films fared ($2.6 billion globally), especially the Third Installment, Dark Of The Moon ($1.1 billion worldwide), It is a no-brainer for Hasbro to create a trilogy for this franchise.
One of the most popular story arcs of Transformers is the Beast Wars. The biggest difference would be The two main factions of “Transformers” in Beast Wars are descendants of the two main factions in the original cartoon: the Maximals are the descendants of the Autobots and the Predacons are the descendants of the Decepticons.
Megatron and his forces are a splinter group on the hunt for powerful crystals known as Energon, while A Maximal exploration ship, the Axalon, led by Optimus Primal, is sent to stop them. Together the ships plunge through a time/space phenomenon created by the transwarp device during their battle in space, and crash-land on a mysterious planet.
The planet is found to be rich in deposits of raw Energon, in such extreme amounts that it proves to be poisonous to both factions’ robot forms, forcing them to take on alternate organic forms for protection until their robot forms are needed. Thus the robots take on the beast forms of recognizable animals including mammals, birds, dinosaurs, arachnids, and insects.
Not every Beast Wars character has a direct G1 counterpart. The Maximals and Predacons of “Beast Wars” are the distant descendants of the Autobots and Decepticons, though Primal is not necessarily related to Prime or BW Megatron to G1 Megatron. Rattrap does claim in one episode to be Arcee’s grandnephew.
Some Maximals who had G1 comparisons are Optimus Prime is Optimus Primal, Bumblebee is Cheetor, Jazz is Rat Trap, Ratchet is Rhinox, IronHide is Depth Charge. For the Decepticons, Megatron is Megatron Scorponock is Scorponock, StarScream is Terrasaur, Bonecrusher is Rampage, Blackout is Tarantulus.