The fifth “Transformers” movie is opening the franchise up in some significant ways, planting giant robots throughout history and creating doors for more movies beyond “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
Like other developing “cinematic universes” that link several movies together into one giant, continuing story with lots of spin-offs and sequels, Paramount seems to be looking to make “Transformers” capable of spawning lots of stories.
The seeds are already there in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” which includes scenes that take place in the Middle Ages with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and during World War II.
As with other attempts at multi-movie stories like those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, teases in one movie for upcoming projects are to be expected. So does “Transformers: The Last Knight” include a post-credits scene that should keep you in your seat, or are you free to head out of the theater once the lights go up and the robot battles cease?
If you’re hoping to sprint the bathroom right after the end of “Transformers 5,” you won’t have to wait long: The post-credits teaser starts very early in the credits — within just a few seconds, in fact. And unlike movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” there’s only one tag scene to worry about. Once you’ve seen it, you’re good to go.
The tease for the next installment of “Transformers” plays directly from information that appears in “The Last Knight.” Spoilers beyond this point if you don’t want to know plot details for “Transformers: The Last Knight” or its post-credits teaser!
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During “Transformers 5,” some blockbuster information is revealed that factors directly into the history of the Transformers. It’s also essential to what will come next.
In the teaser, the villainess Quintessa (Gemma Chan) — in human form now — is walking through the desert, where she finds a group of scientists studying a large horn sticking out of the ground. She warns the scientists not to touch the horn because “he” wouldn’t like it. When asked to whom she’s referring, the woman responds, “Unicron.”
“Transformers” fans will recognize Unicron as a major villain in the franchise. The character was also notably voiced by Orson Welles in the 1986 animated film. So it seems the next big bad will be the incredibly powerful robot, and that could have some far-reaching implications for “Transformers” lore.
Quintessa is more obscure figure, likely the leader of the Quintesson race of aliens. It should be noted that in the Transformers lore, Quintessa is another planet — the homeworld of Quintessons, not an individual as seen in the movie. It should also be noted that in the lore, the Quintessons did not create the Transformers, as Quintessa claims. In “The Last Knight” they refer to her as the trickster goddess, so she’s almost certainly lying to Optimus about creating them.