Mark Wahlberg Does Not Think Michael Bay is Done With Transformers

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) has gone rogue. "For me, you know, I'm super overprotective", he confessed to Entertainment Tonight.

The latest in the series, "Transformers: The Last Knight", is reportedly the last time Michael Bay will direct the series.

The action jumps all over the place with little or no warning - a stop in Chicago so Cade can befriend an orphaned girl (Isabela Moner, who Bay immediately sexualizes before scaling back when the script reminds us her character is only 14), a vehicle chase through London for no reason I could determine and some war room jibber-jabber for military do-gooder Lennox (Josh Duhamel, who's been in all these movies and looks absolutely exhausted) - before all the parties hook up for the oversized, even-more-explosive-than-ever climax. Unlike previous chapters, The Last Knight didn't close down any streets or recreate rubble strewn across the city in the wake of massive battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons, but the movie has enough of a tie to the city that it held its USA premiere in Chicago at the Civic Opera House Tuesday night.

If there is a silver lining to this, it's that this will be the last Transformers movie that will be directed by Michael Bay.

As a matter of fact, "Transformers" is expanding into spinoff territory: "Bumblebee", based on the yellow-and-black Autobot that's been a fan favorite, is planned for 2018 if Bay and his team can get it done by then. Which now that I think about it, sounds a lot like being at the dentist.

However, the Bostonian did leave the door ajar for a return as Cade -on one condition.

Wahlberg said working with the 79-year-old was the best thing about his TLK experience. And the story also brings everything together to the present time. It was great because everybody else drew from his excitement and energy.

"The long hair is the worst thing ever", he joked.

While it has been six years since his last outing with the giant robots, Duhamel said slipping back into army fatigues felt nearly like second nature.

With Cade in possession of a talisman, he comes to the attention of Anthony Hopkins' slightly mad Sir Edmund Burton, an English aristocrat who lives in a castle with a robot butler called Cogman (voiced by Jim Carter) and is all too aware that Earth is on a collision course with Cybertron.

Wednesday is the first official day of summer, which means it is time for more Transformers - just what you have been asking for, right?

"And that is what I missed the most".

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