Transformers movies in order: Chronological and release

Transformers movies in order: Chronological and release: The Transformers movies are one of the most polarizing film series in recent years.

Mainly under the direction of Michael Bay, the big screen adaptations of the robots in disguise feature big fight sequences, even bigger explosions, and time-jumping plots that reference everything from the dinosaurs’ demise to the space program of the ’60s to the heroes of Arthurian Legend.

How to Watch the ‘Transformers’ Movies in Order.

Whether you’re a fan of the original ’80s franchise or not, you can’t dispute that this franchise has a successful track record at the box office. It ranks among the top-grossing film franchises of all time, having earned $4.8 billion internationally.

Beginning with the 2007 film Transformers, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, a new generation of fans was exposed to the heroes like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. It spawned four sequels, the most recent of which—The Last Knight—hit theaters in 2017. The franchise shifted gears the following year with the release of Bumblebee; a prequel set 20 years before the first film.

In contrast to the convoluted chronology of the Marvel film series and the Star Wars world, the conflict between Optimus Prime’s Autobots and Megatron’s Decepticons is quite straightforward to put into time. If you want to rewatch the series before the latest movie, here’s how to do it in chronological and theatrical release sequences.

  1. Bumblebee
  2. Transformers
  3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  5. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  6. Transformers: The Last Knight

1. Bumblebee (2018)

Bumblebee | December 21, 2018 (United States) Summary: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discov... Read all
Countries: China, United StatesLanguages: English
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena (Actors)
  • Travis Knight (Director) – Christina Hodson (Writer) – Don Murphy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

When looking at the franchise logically, the most current Transformers film is the first. There’s significant controversy about whether Bumblebee is a prequel or a soft reinvention of the series due to some of the plotlines it lays up don’t flawlessly match up with narratives in subsequent movies. In any case, it takes place in 1987, twenty years before Bay’s first Transformers film.

When Optimus Prime sent B-127 (voiced by Dylan O’Brien) to Earth to establish a foothold, the Transformer disguises itself as a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), mourning the loss of her father, gets the automobile as an 18th birthday gift and begins attempting to fix it.

When the automobile turns back into B-127, her remodeling efforts are derailed, but the duo soon become unusual companions, with Charlie renaming the robot Bumblebee. When Bumblebee’s foes, the Decepticons, discover where he has been hiding, the action picks up a notch.

2. Transformers (2007)

Transformers | July 3, 2007 (United States) Summary: An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Spanish
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) – Roberto Orci (Writer) – Michael Bay (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The first film in Michael Bay’s massive franchise establishes the series’ tone with a “more is more” ethos, witty robots, and plenty of explosives. Amid the Autobots versus Decepticons civil war, Autobot commander Optimus Prime wants to find the AllSpark (the foundation of all existence on the planet Cybertron, aka the movie’s plot pusher) to bring stability, while the Decepticons want to utilize it for malicious ends.

Megatron, the Decepticon chief, is the one who discovers it buried on Earth, but he crashes and becomes imprisoned in the ice. Thousands of years later, the Decepticons seek to break into the US military system to locate his position while masquerading as Earth vehicles.

Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) encounters a Bumblebee disguised as a Chevrolet Camaro while he searches for his first ride to impress Mikaela (Megan Fox). Sam, Mikaela, Bumblebee, and the rest of the Autobots soon find themselves in the middle of a dangerous mission to track down Megatron and the AllSpark while avoiding operatives from the highly classified government program known as Sector 7.

Its combination of human-like robots and epic battles created a winning formula for a summer blockbuster. Despite nearly overwhelmingly unfavorable reviews upon its debut in July 2007, Transformers finally collected more than $709.7 million at the box office worldwide.

3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen | June 24, 2009 (United States) Summary: Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Spanish
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) – Ehren Kruger (Writer) – Don Murphy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

It’s been two years following the events of the previous film, and college student Sam is still having trouble adjusting to life on Earth after being haunted by images of Cybertronian symbols ever since he touched a little piece of the AllSpark. Unfortunately for Sam, the Decepticons think these symbols may point to a new supply of Energon, allowing them to obliterate our sun and everything else on Earth.

The Fallen, the original Decepticon (whose history is shown in the opening sequences set in 17,000 BC), has orchestrated this plot and has dispatched his soldiers to kidnap Sam and kill Optimus Prime. One of the film’s most iconic fights takes place in front of the Pyramids of Giza and features the appearance of Devastator, a colossal Combiner made of numerous Constructicons.

For the sequel, several of the original cast members from the first film returned, including Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, and Tony Todd (who provided the voice of the Fallen). Even though the bar had been set high by the original film’s popularity, Revenge of the Fallen was able to surpass it by grossing $836.3 million worldwide on its opening day, which included breaking the record for the highest Wednesday opening held by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon | June 29, 2011 (United States) Summary: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Russian
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson (Actors)
  • — (Director) – Ehren Kruger (Writer) – Don Murphy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Michael Bay’s third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon, featured Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Megan Fox’s replacement as Shia LeBeouf’s girlfriend. The film was based on the premise that America’s space program was founded to explore the lunar surface, which turned out to be the crash site of a crashed spaceship, the Ark, from Cybertron. Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy), the former Autobot leader, joins forces with the Decepticons in a new terrible conspiracy to restore Cybertron at the expense of all life on Earth.

Sam and the Autobots must intervene to stop them, but our hero has his hands full when it is revealed that Carly’s employer (Patrick Dempsey) is working with the villains. In addition to Dempsey, the franchise benefits from the appearances of John Malkovich (Sam’s employer) and Frances McDormand (the government’s chief of intelligence), both of whom appear fairly out of nowhere.

The third installment grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the year’s second-highest earner after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part II.

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Transformers: Age of Extinction | June 27, 2014 (United States) Summary: When humanity allies with a bounty hunter in pursuit of Optimus Prime, the Autobots turn to a mechanic and his family for help.
Countries: United States, China, Hong KongLanguages: English, Chinese
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) – Ehren Kruger (Writer) – Don Murphy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

For Age of Extinction, the franchise made a huge change, replacing LaBeouf’s protagonist Sam Witwicky with Mark Wahlberg as inventor Cade Yeager. After the conventional prologue set 65 million years ago, revealing that an extraterrestrial species wiped off the dinosaurs by coating Earth in a metal alloy called Transformium, we discover that a mercenary Transformer named Lockdown is on the search for the Autobots.

His goal is to eliminate Optimus Prime, who has taken refuge in Texas and will be uncovered by Yeager. Even though his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) urges him to turn in the robot, he uses his mechanical expertise to repair him instead, which draws him and his family into the new conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons.

Jack Reynor plays Tessa’s lover, Shane, while Stanley Tucci plays a businessman who dreams of creating his own Transformers. Kelsey Grammer plays a renegade CIA agent who wants to destroy all Transformers.

6. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight | June 21, 2017 (United States) Summary: A deadly threat from Earth's history reappears and a hunt for a lost artifact takes place between Autobots and Decepticons, while Optimus Prime encounters his creator in space.
Countries: United States, China, CanadaLanguages: English
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel (Actors)
  • Michael Bay (Director) – Art Marcum (Writer) – Don Murphy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Michael Bay returned for the fifth live-action Transformers movie in this continuity. Mark Wahlberg, who had previously appeared in Age of Extinction, returned for The Last Knight alongside original cast members Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Glenn Morshower.

Given that the previous films discussed the Transformers’ involvement in the Pyramids, the space race, and the demise of the dinosaurs, you may be wondering where this next feature will go. Stonehenge and King Arthur’s court are next on the agenda.

The Decepticons needed Earth’s energy to rebuild Cybertron, so they dispatched a corrupted Optimus Prime (now called Nemesis Prime) to Earth to recover Merlin’s staff. Oh, and who else than Sir Anthony Hopkins to enter the tale for the last movie directed by Bay?

The United States government has even established a special task force whose sole purpose is to track out and destroy Autobots. Cade Yeager has a lot of them hidden in his scrapyard. He quickly learns that long ago, a team of Transformers presented Merlin with a staff so that the wizard might aid King Arthur. Using Stonehenge, that staff can siphon power from the planet. So, Cade and the surviving Autobots must work together to find the legendary staff before the authorities or the Decepticons do.

7. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts | June 9, 2023 (United States) Summary: During the '90s, a new faction of Transformers - the Maximals - join the Autobots as allies in the battle for Earth.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Spanish

Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ’90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new faction of Transformers – the Maximals – to join them as allies in the existing battle for earth. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. and starring Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback.

Where does the new Transformers movie fit in this order?

There have been rumblings that the next film will take place in the 1990s; revisit this page after its debut to learn how it will fit into the rest of the franchise’s releases.

Fans of the Beast Wars: Transformers series from the late 1990s have reason to look forward to the next feature in the Transformers franchise, which is set to be released next year. This is because the movie is supposed to feature Transformers that morph into animals rather than automobiles and aircraft.

Still, both Optimus Prime and Megatron are expected to make a comeback appearance in the movie. The Maximal commander, Optimus Primal, who transforms into a gorilla, will be played by Ron Perlman. The cast of the next movie will also include Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback. Steven Caple Jr will direct the film.

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