ByCraig Patrick Arnott, writer at Creators.co
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Craig Patrick Arnott

The Transformers movie franchise is set to see its fifth installment — whose title was just revealed — hit the big screen in June 2017. With four films having already introducing fan favorite Transformers along with original Transformers for the films, here are five likely contenders from each faction that we could see in Transformers 5.

The Autobots

1. Ultra Magnus

Leader of the Wreckers Ultra Magnus
Leader of the Wreckers Ultra Magnus

Original Alternate Mode — Car Carrier Truck

Ultra Magnus is a very popular Autobot among Transformers fans. Large and powerful, Ultra Magnus is pretty much a blue and white version of Optimus Prime, only lacking the "Prime" title himself. It would be extremely easy to justify having him appear in the films, as the third film saw the Wreckers enter the film franchise. Ultra Magnus is the leader of the Wreckers and could easily arrive on Earth to lead his squad of wild Autobots.

2. Hot Rod

Hot Rod who is destined to be a Prime
Hot Rod who is destined to be a Prime

Original Alternate Mode — Hot Rod Car

Hot Rod is known by another name: Rodimus Prime. He is the next Prime after Optimus in the original 1980s series. With Optimus seen leaving Earth at the end of the last film, Hot Rod could easily be introduced in the fifth film, only to become the newest leader of the Autobots before the film's conclusion. When he becomes a Prime he gains a Cybertronian SUV as his alternate mode, which still retains his rebellious paint job.

3. Kup

The war veteran Kup always has a tale to tell
The war veteran Kup always has a tale to tell

Original Alternate Mode — Cybertronian Pickup Truck

Kup is a war veteran within the Autobots, he has tales of battles from across the centuries, which he is all to happy to share. With his age and experience he brings a lot to the Autobot team and could easily work in the live action format as a character that has insight into what is going on to help drive the story forward.

4. Perceptor

Ready to find the answers, Perceptor
Ready to find the answers, Perceptor

Original Alternate Mode — Microscope/Mobile Field Artillery Cannon

With Que/Wheeljack meeting his end in the third movie and Ratchet being taken down in No. 4, the Autobots need a new scientist on their side. Perceptor is an ideal candidate, as he fills the role perfectly. His alternate mode can also be altered so he effectively transforms into a mobile Autobot laboratory. He also is prone to droning on at times, which can annoy his Autobot comrades.

5. Blaster

Blaster and his small army of Micro-Transformers
Blaster and his small army of Micro-Transformers

Original Alternate Mode — Boombox

Blaster was effectively the Autobot counterpart to Soundwave in the original 1980s cartoon series. Where Soundwave received a change from a boombox to an orbital satellite in the movies, Blaster could have a similar change. He would be an entertaining addition to the Autobot team and would make a perfect communications officer.

Decepticons

1. Cyclonus

Galvatron's Air-Commander, Cylonus
Galvatron's Air-Commander, Cylonus

Original Alternate Mode — Cybertronian Jet

With Megatron, now Galvatron, in the movies and Starscream having been killed in the third film, it leaves the title of Air Commander of the Decepticon Army open to be filled. Cyclonus would be perfect for the title, since he was the one to gain it from Starscream after Galvatron destroyed him. Unlike Starscream, he is completely loyal to Galvatron and would be brilliant in the film franchise as a loyal but dangerous Decepticon.

2. Scourge

Scourge obtains the Matrix of Leadership
Scourge obtains the Matrix of Leadership

Original Alternate Mode — Cybertronian Hovercraft / Spaceship

If they introduced Cyclonus, it would only mean they would have to include his primary partner, Scourge. What is cool about Scourge is that he commands the Sweeps. The Sweeps are his army of specialist Decepticons who follow his every order. With Soundwave and his mini army of Decepitcons now gone from the films, Scourge could make the perfect replacement to bolster the Decepticon ranks.

3. Astrotrain

Astrotrain is nothing but ruthless
Astrotrain is nothing but ruthless

Original Alternate Modes — Train and Spaceship

Astrotrain has the ability to turn from a robot to a train to a spaceship. As a result, he has always been useful to the Decepticons for moving cargo and troops when needed. They have also never featured a train in the live action films, so he would allow them to portray something completely new in the fifth film.

4. Slipstream

Beautiful and deadly makes a perfect Slipstream
Beautiful and deadly makes a perfect Slipstream

Original Alternate Mode — Cybertronian Jet Fighter

Slipstream has two alternate creation stories: One is simply that a Cybertronian chose her side during the civil war, while the other sees her as the female clone of Starscream. With Arcee, Chromia and Elita-One (the only female transformers to appear in the films) having been so poorly handled in the second film, Slipstream could give Michael Bay the chance to show fans that he knows how to handle female characters.

5. Blitzwing

The one robot army - Blitzwing
The one robot army - Blitzwing

Original Alternate Modes — Tank and Jet Plane

Blitzwing is a one-robot army, since he's able to take on his foes on land or in the sky. Like Astrotrain, Blitzwing is a triple-changer and his two modes have a lot more teeth than Astrotrain's. Turning into a formidable tank only to then take to the air would give the fifth film a deadly Decepticon for the Autobots to face.

The WildCard

A few months ago it was reported that an expanded universe within the film series had been proposed, with a dozen potential titles being reported. These titles include a solo Bumblebee movie and crossovers with G.I. Joe and the two past CGI series, Beast Wars and Beast Machines. A fifth installment could see a character appear that is set to cross over into one of the other titles.

Blackarachnia

The deadliest female transformer of all time
The deadliest female transformer of all time

Alternate Mode — Latrodectus (Black Widow Spider)

Blackarachnia is one of the few characters from Beast Wars and Beast Machines to cross over into another Transformers title. While they were not the same character, they shared the same alternate modes and same conception of being a protoform of the Autobots/Maximals, also turning into a Predicon. If they were looking at a Beast Wars or Beast Machines as potential titles for the future, Blackarachnia would be a perfect fan favorite to appear in No. 5.

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