Now, in the wake of a determinedly depressing 2016, you might think that movie studios would be aiming to lighten the mood of 2017 a little — perhaps by convincing us that the world is, underneath all the tiny-handed demagoguery, a fundamentally beautiful place to live, full of ultimately decent people. And you would, of course, be wrong. While that age-old Hollywood conceit (that everything will turn out to be alright in the end) looks set to continue next year, it seems that it's set to evolve a little in the process. Specifically, it looks as though we're about to see a whole heap of heroes become villains, and spend the majority of their respective movies chasing down their on-screen friends. That, after all, is what #FateOfTheFurious promises to bring to the screen — and now, it seems, that's about to become #TransformersTheLastKnight's main pitch, too.
This New 'Transformers: The Last Knight' Poster Seems To Tease A Villainous Autobot
Specifically, #OptimusPrime himself, who looks to have just brutally murdered #Bumblebee, in precisely the sort of manner that will absolutely, positively not turn out to be the case in the final movie.
That particular heel turn was, of course, heavily implied in the film's recent trailer, with Prime seeming to have been converted to the cause of dastardly deeds and studio-assisting narrative variety...
...but it wasn't clear until now that the film is set to treat that particular switcheroo as a major selling point, rather than a not-all-that-surprising-if-you've-seen-the-trailer twist.
In other words? That there poster seems to confirm that we're going to spend much of #Paramount's latest Transformers-themed venture watching a robotic fan favorite battle it out with his former friends, only to presumably rediscover his inner goodness around about halfway through the final battle. Get used to that particular reveal, folks — we might well be seeing a lot of it in 2017.
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