Despite what you might have heard, Beast Wars has always been the crowning jewel of the Transformers franchise, and the latest trailer for Paramount’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts makes it seem like the Steven Caple Jr. film is going to do the Maximals and Predacons (now called the Terrorcons) justice.
It’s still 1994 in Rise of the Beasts’ latest trailer that reintroduces Anthony Ramos’ Noah Diaz and Dominique Fishback’s Elena Wallace — two humans who find themselves unexpectedly pulled into yet another Cybertronian conflict after making contact with Transformers. As new as the concept of transforming humanoid robots like Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and Autobot MVP Arcee (Liza Koshy) are to Noah and Elena, they’re old hat to Rise of the Beasts’ new transforming heroes — the Maximals — and the new trailer suggests that the Maximals have been hiding on Earth for quite some time.
While the trailer doesn’t entirely make clear what Rise of the Beasts’ story will be, it does establish Unicron as the movie’s big bad, which indicates that it may directly connect to 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight. What’s quite obvious, though, is that Rise of the Beasts is going to speak directly to all the ’90s kids who’ve been waiting for Airazor (Michelle Yeoh) to finally get her big break and for the film to seemingly introduce the concept of Mini-Cons. That’s all to say that the movie is going to go ridiculously hard when it hits theaters on June 9th.