Ultimate Guide to Watching Transformers Movies in Order    

Ultimate Guide to Watching Transformers Movies in Order

June 8, 2023 By Admin

Transformers, a popular franchise originating from Takara and Hasbro’s toy line in the ’80s, made its way into the world of live-action with the release of the first blockbuster entry in 2007. Under the direction of Michael Bay, these films have become known for their explosive action and unique storytelling, featuring elements such as alien technology, mythical characters like Merlin, and even Dinobots. As the latest installment, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, hits the theaters, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to help you watch all the Transformers movies in the correct order, whether it’s by release or chronological sequence.

Transformers Movies in Release Order

Watching the movies in the order they were released is often the most straightforward and enjoyable approach. Here is the release order of the Transformers movies:

  1. Transformers (2007)
  2. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
  3. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
  4. Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
  5. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
  6. Bumblebee (2018)
  7. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)

It’s worth noting that the third, fourth, and fifth movies form a loose trilogy, following the adventures of Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf) and Mikaela Banes (played by Megan Fox) until the latter’s departure from the series. The subsequent two movies, Age of Extinction and The Last Knight, introduced a new cast led by Mark Wahlberg while continuing the story established in the previous films. Bumblebee and Rise of the Beasts add further complexity to the narrative, with the latter intended to launch a new trilogy, and an upcoming prequel, Transformers One, set on Cybertron.

Transformers Movies in Chronological Order

For those who prefer to follow the events in chronological order, we have the recommended sequence below:

  1. Bumblebee (2018)
  2. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)
  3. Transformers (2007)
  4. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
  5. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
  6. Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
  7. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

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While the prologue of the first Transformers movie predates human history, we’ve simplified the order to avoid excessive flashback jumping. Although there are alternative continuities to consider, our focus will be solely on the film series.

Detailed Descriptions of Each Movie

  1. Bumblebee: Bumblebee, the sixth installment in the Transformers franchise, functions as a spinoff and prequel to Michael Bay’s earlier movies. The story revolves around Charlie (played by Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager who receives a seemingly ordinary Volkswagen Beetle as an 18th birthday gift, only to discover that it’s an Autobot named B-127, or Bumblebee, sent by Optimus Prime to establish a base on Earth. Set in the 1980s, the film introduces various continuity issues, including the Knights of Iacon and Bumblebee’s involvement in World War II, which may leave some questions unanswered.
  2. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts: The most recent addition to the Transformers series, Rise of the Beasts, takes place in the 1990s and serves as a direct sequel to Bumblebee. It explores the emergence of the Terrorcons, a dangerous species without allegiance to either the Decepticons or Autobots. Amidst the conflict, two humans named Noah (played by Anthony Ramos) and Elena (played by Dominique Fishback) find themselves entangled in the battle for the Transwarp Key, an ancient device that has the potential to destroy the world.
  3. Transformers: Transformers, disregarding the events of Bumblebee and subsequent developments, is the movie that kicked off the entire franchise. It introduces the war between the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth, with the discovery of Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons, who had been frozen in ice. The plot revolves around Optimus Prime’s search for the AllSpark, a cube containing the essence of life on their home planet, Cybertron. Alongside Megatron, the film introduces other iconic characters such as Bumblebee, Jazz, and Starscream, while also featuring the introduction of Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox’s characters.
  4. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen: Set two years after the first movie, Revenge of the Fallen follows Sam’s (Shia LaBeouf) college journey, which takes a dark turn as he begins experiencing visions of Cybertron symbols. Meanwhile, the ancient Decepticon known as The Fallen, or Megatronus Prime (voiced by Tony Todd), plots to kill Optimus Prime and annihilate all life on Earth. The film continues the storyline from its predecessor, reuniting LaBeouf and Fox with Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro.
  5. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon: Dark of the Moon serves as the third and final movie in which Shia LaBeouf’s character, Sam, takes the lead. The Autobots and Decepticons engage in a war over ancient technology discovered on the dark side of the moon. In a twist, the Apollo 11 mission had a hidden objective: investigating the crash site of the Ark, a Cybertronian spacecraft. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joins the cast as Sam’s new girlfriend, and the film introduces Sentinel Prime (voiced by Leonard Nimoy), a new Autobot leader who experiences a controversial fate.
  6. Transformers: Age Of Extinction: This movie deviates from the established lore by introducing the idea that the extinction of dinosaurs was not caused by a meteor but by an alien race spreading a substance called Transformium across the planet. In present-day, we meet Cade Yeager (played by Mark Wahlberg), an inventor who discovers and repairs Optimus Prime. Cade’s involvement pulls him and his daughter Tessa (played by Nicola Peltz), her boyfriend Shane (played by Jack Reynor), and others into another conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons. The film also features Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, an aspiring Transformer creator, and Kelsey Grammer as a CIA agent with strong anti-Transformer sentiments. Notably, the Dinobots make their debut appearance in this installment.
  7. Transformers: The Last Knight: Directed by Michael Bay, The Last Knight serves as the fifth and final film in his Transformers tenure. The story ventures into Arthurian times, where Merlin (played by Stanley Tucci in an unrelated role) discovers Transformers in the form of the 12 Knights. They entrust him with a powerful staff, and the narrative later jumps to present day, where an evil Optimus Prime hunts for it. The film presents a world where all Transformers are deemed illegal on Earth, intensifying the conflict between them and the Transformers Reaction Force (TRF). Cade teams up with a mysterious British figure (played by Anthony Hopkins) and a professor (played by Laura Haddock) to save humanity. Notably, there is a memorable scene featuring Megatron overpowering Hopkins’ character.

Where to Watch the Transformers Movies

To assist you in finding the movies, we’ve compiled a list of platforms where you can watch or stream each installment:

  1. Transformers — Available on TNT
  2. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen — Available on various on-demand platforms
  3. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon — Stream on Paramount+
  4. Transformers: Age Of Extinction — Stream on Prime Video and Paramount+
  5. Transformers: The Last Knight — Available on Fubo TV
  6. Bumblebee — Stream on Paramount
  7. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts — Exclusive theatrical release (only in cinemas)

Note: With the exception of Rise of the Beasts, all Transformers movies can also be rented or purchased through Amazon Prime and other on-demand platforms.

Enjoy your Transformers movie marathon, and get ready for the thrilling action, robotic battles, and spectacular special effects that have made this franchise a worldwide phenomenon. Autobots, transform, and roll out!