A new trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has arrived. The upcoming film is the seventh in the Transformers franchise and also serves as a sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee. The film, which was directed by Creed II‘s Steven Caple Jr., stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback as two human archaeologists from Brooklyn who get embroiled in a battle between factions of shape-shifting robots in 1994.
Now, Paramount has debuted a new trailer for the film ahead of the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts release date on June 9. Check it out below:
The new trailer reiterates some of the material from previous trailers, including the fact that the Transformers known as Maximals, and their leader Optimus Primal, will be central to the plot. However, this time they introduce the fact that the villain of the film is indeed Unicron, a planet-devouring being also known as the Lord of Chaos.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Unicron Explained
The return of Unicron in Rise of the Beasts has been rumored for more than a year. However, this new trailer has finally confirmed it. Despite his iconic stature, he has been a rare presence in the live-action films in the Transformers franchise, which has run for a total of six entries since it debuted in 2007, not counting Rise of the Beasts.
The only time Unicron has appeared onscreen in any capacity is during the events of 2017 Transformers: The Last Knight. In that film, Cybertronian sorceress Quintessa attempted to use Unicron, who forms the core of the earth, to restore power to the planet Cybertron. This caused the six horns of Unicron to emerge from various locations across the globe.
However, Unicron is a much more active presence in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, it seems. The events of the film will likely explain how he gets to where he is at the beginning of The Last Knight, though it is still unknown exactly what chaos will reign in the meantime. Although he is sure to be defeated, Unicron’s ability to travel through the multiverse may allow future Transformers movies the opportunity to eventually indulge in the same alternate universe antics that the big comic book franchises are starting to introduce.