After teasing the return of certain Autobots over the past few days, Transformers: The Last Knight — the fifth entry into Michael Bay's critic-proof Transformers movie franchise — finally showed two of the Decepticons who will be appearing in next year's robot smackdown, and they're both familiar faces.
The first Decepticon confirmed to make a return to the Transformers movies is the police cruiser Barricade, whose questionable survival capabilities have had some viewers scratching their heads ever since his random appearances messed with those trying to keep track of the Transformers movies' loose continuity.
Barricade made his entrance in the very first Transformers movie, where he tried to intimidate Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) into giving information about the All Spark's whereabouts before Bumblebee stopped him. He is later seen in vehicle mode with the other Decepticons — the military vehicle Bonecrusher and the tank Devastator — before disappearing for the duration of the movie and its immediate sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
When the Decepticons laid waste to Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Barricade makes a surprise return and is seen standing tall as Soundwave's second-in-command. The cop-themed Transformer is shown berating lower Decepticon soldiers before getting crippled/killed by NEST soldiers — yet another testament to the Transformers movies' inconsistent power levels when it comes to human soldiers fighting alien robots.
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In Transformers: The Last Knight, Barricade ditched the sharp, alien-looking designs of the previous Transformers movies' Decepticons in favor of a blocky humanoid form and some sweet, stylized brass knuckles. A common criticism of the first movies' Decepticons was that it was hard to distinguish one hunk of metal spikes from the other hunk of metal spikes, and it's refreshing to see the Transformers movies finally address this issue by redesigning one of the prominent Decepticon fighters to give him a distinct appearance.
One short absence and resurrection by proxy in Transformers: Age of Extinction later, Megatron — the leader of the Decepticons — is back in all of his villainous glory, only with a brand new appearance that has more in common with a roided version of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron's than it does with his original, spiky look.
After dying for the second time in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Megatron was revealed to have survived in a comatose state when his body fell in the hands of government forces instead of sinking to the bottom of the ocean. He was then resurrected in the form of Galvatron when the government-affiliated characters of Transformers: Age of Extinction used his remains in an attempt to reverse-engineer fallen Transformers for their own purposes.
At the end of Age of Extinction, it was shown that Galvatron didn't even bother going near the front lines, guaranteeing his survival and return as Megatron in future installments.
Now embracing his actual name, the franchise's mainstay villain is shown wielding a medieval-styled sword and shield, keeping in line with the fifth installment's subtitle of The Last Knight. With rumors about The Last Knight having ties to Arthurian lore and with a promotional banner proudly showing Optimus Prime aiming his sword at what looks like a three-headed Cybertronian dragon, the fifth Transformers movie is going all-out with its knight motif, where Optimus Prime and Megatron will have a life-ending final duel (again).
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