This is "100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" pure speculation, and is only driven by already confirmed information. Think of it as filling in the blanks and trying to make cinematic sense of the content. You have been warned. And you will also be warned that some of these points may/may not be spoilers. With that being said, let's get this rolling.
So what's up with Transformers: Age of Extinction? We're not given much info about the Dinobots, and apparently (Confirmed by Wikipedia and IMDB) Galvatron is a human creation. And even then, we are still shrouded by mystery for these two. Well after looking as the trailers over and over again, as well as doing some internet reading, maybe we can answer some questions for these points. The film releases this month on the 27th, so it's just a matter of weeks before we get our answers. But for now? Let's speculate.
Grimlock (T-Rex), Strafe (Two-Headed Pteranodon), Slug (Triceratops), Scorn (Spinosaurus), Slash (Velociraptor), Slog (Apatosaurus), and Snarl (Stegosaurus). 7 Dinobots who will appear on screen. With Grimlock being the leader.
We don't know much outside of the trailers, other than Optimus finds Grimlock, fights him, and eventually they team up (Presumably at the end of the film). Not much, but pretty faithful to the source material. Though the Dinobots are considered good guys, their relationship with the Autobots can be a bit shaky. But at the end of the day, they always end up helping out against the Deceptions.
But we can't help but ask questions. Like: "Where did they come from? Why are they on Earth? Were they always there? How long have they been there? Why were they not in past films?"
Well the trailers, as well as past films, may in fact have given us some answers. Look at the picture below and think about what you're looking at.
Done looking? What do you see? Well if you notice above, as well as all the trailers, it always introduces Grimlock in some ancient forested area with ruins. Much different from the urban/rural areas portrayed in most of the film. With moss growing everywhere, abandoned ruins, a place that looks like it has been untouched for quite sometime and has little human influence. I wonder why?
IMDB gives this description about the plot for Transformers 4:
"Four years after the catastrophic events in the previous film, Earth has recovered from the great war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Many Transformers who remained on Earth were apprehended or killed. Now humans have learned the alien technology and built Transformers of their own, believing Earth is at last safe. But when Cade Yeager, a struggling inventor, and his daughter Tessa discover an ancient Transformer, who is none other than Optimus Prime, they bring down Decepticons, Autobots and the US government on them. With the Decepticons plotting to destroy Earth once again, and a paranoid government official going after Cade, and the world falling into extinction, Cade must join the Autobots, and must align with the long-forgotten Dinobots, to save their home once more."
Let's put some emphasis on that "and must align with the long-forgotten Dinobots". Long forgotten? Were they previously known of before? Did Optimus Prime know of the Dinobots this whole time? It would certainly explain the scene of him in their territory facing off against Grimlock, maybe seeking them out? But if that's the case, why were they never called on before? Why now? In the original cartoon, the Dinobots were too dangerous to keep around. And Optimus was never too fond of the Dinobots, seeing them as too risky. Maybe Optimus thought it would be more dangerous to contact the Dinobots before, implying that the threat in this film is that much larger.
But wait. This still doesn't explain their origins. Why are they there? Did Optimus have prior knowledge to them already existing? Weren't they created by the Autobots in the first place in the cartoon series? Well there are two possible points we can make here:
- The Dinobots were created sometime in between the first, second, and third film. But were considered too unstable and abandoned in an area for everyone's protection.
- The Dinobots have always existed there, enclosed by the mountainous area. It's been shown that Transformers have been on Earth for a long time now. Whose to say they haven't been on there for even longer? Like during prehistoric times? And it would explain why they look like dinosaurs. Maybe Optimus knew of their location the whole time, but kept it hidden until now.
Another point I would like to ask is: Are the Dinobots going to transform??? Or are they going to stay in Dino mode? No robot form has been shown yet, so there really is no answer to this.
Something tells me that, either way it goes, Michael Bay may actually be giving some more attention to source material this time around. Learning from his mistakes from the first three films, the Dinobots may actually be the saving grace of this film. But the Dinobots aren't the only ones on people's minds. What about Galvatron?
Speculated during the first moments of this films promotion, it has been more or less confirmed that Galvatron will be appearing in this film. But not like we expected.
Wikipedia: Frank Welker voices Galvatron, a human-made Transformer who becomes the Decepticon overlord. He transforms into a black and grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over trailer.
IMDB: Galvatron - A new leader of the Decepticons who was originally human-made. Transforms into a 2014 Argosy Freightliner.
Wait..........Human Made?!?!?! Surely they must be joking right? This guy right here is another one of those "human made transformers"??????
In most reiterations, Galvatron was always the recreated form of Megatron. Resulted by Unicron's influence. And only on small occasions was Galvatron a separate character all together (Beast Wars 2), but Galvatron always remained consistent. Now he's a human creation?
But wait......maybe this isn't a bad thing.....Let's speculate here.
What if.....What if Galvatron is literally the destroyed Megatron from Transformers 3, rebuilt? This doesn't even really seem like speculation, this is probably most likely. But how do we go from being controlled by humans to someone who gains command over the Decepticons? Maybe Galvatron regains some of Megatrons memory? Maybe something else. But there is also something else to consider here: Lockdown.
IMDB: Michael Bay describes Lockdown as the film's most interesting character: "He travels the galaxy, he works for somebody else. He's here for one person, one alien, and then he's out of here; so he doesn't really want to take sides. The cause and balance of the galaxy is kind of messed up when different species play with different species. And that opens up a whole other gigantic world for Transformers."
Again, let's put emphasis onto something: "He travels the galaxy, he works for somebody else. He's here for one person, one alien, and then he's out of here;".
Lockdown working for someone? Looking for one person/alien?
HUGE speculation right here. But maybe Lockdown is, in fact, working for Unicron and is looking for Megatron/Galvatron. Starting out as a human drone, essentially, maybe Lockdown will be involved in the event that changes Galvatron into the Decepticon overlord we all know and love. Definitely not the source origin, but it sounds like it may lead into the source result.
It should also be noted that Galvatron seems to have some similarities to someone else: Nemesis Prime.
IMDB: Galvatron is based on Transformers Prime (2010)'s Nemesis Prime (a human-built duplicate of Optimus Prime) and his original The Transformers: The Movie (1986) incarnation (Megatron rebuilt as a minion, who eventually rebels and returns to leading the Decepticons).
At this point though, nothing is confirmed. It's all guessing. And with the film only weeks away, we'll be getting our answers soon enough. Expect this to be (probably) one of the last speculation articles about Transformers 4. All in all, I'm very interested in seeing the movie. I was a fan of the first three, despite the majority of the internet disagreeing with me. So I'm intrigued to where this is going.