The trailer for the fifth “Transformers” film — “Transformers: The Last Knight” — just dropped, getting fans hyped up for the next chapter of Michael Bay’s blockbuster saga. After spending so much time in the “Transformers” universe as well as making his mark with other films like “Pain & Gain” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” fans might be wondering if we’ll ever see Bay branch out into another franchise — specifically one of the shared universe superhero films produced by Marvel Studios or Warner Bros.
As reported by Collider, it doesn’t sound like Bay is interested in stepping into any of the shared cinematic universes. Bay told reporters on “The Last Knight’s” set that prefers to work in a film universe that he’s created himself, like the “Transformers” one. He doesn’t find playing in a larger studio’s sandbox appealing.
“I wouldn’t want to, it’s not my thing, it’s just not my gig,” said Bay. “I don’t ever wanna take someone like a third of something or second of something. I gotta do my own thing, ’cause the most fun is when a real director creates the world. You know, you talk to Ridley Scott, one of our favorite things to do is to create the world. Steven Spielberg, create the world. That is what it’s about. If I were to do something I would have to redo it my way.”
But that doesn’t mean Bay has any ill will towards superhero films or the Marvel movies. In fact, Bay had positive things to say about a few of them specifically. “I really liked ‘[Captain America:] Civil War.’ I like a lot of the Marvel movies,” said Bay. “When I saw [Iron Man], it broke a lot of new ground for me, and it was a great character. Funny, witty, I liked that about it.” Bay did add that he does “wonder where [superhero movies] are going to go,” specifically since he noticed that both “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Captain America: Civil War” had “almost the same setup.”
“Transformers: The Last Knight” arrives in Summer 2017, as the studio and toymaker Hasbro plot an expansion of the $3.78 billion series that includes at the previously mentioned Bumblebee spinoff slated for 2018, another Transformers sequel in 2019, and a possible origin movie for the constantly warring Autobots and Decepticons.
Opening June 23, 2017, “Transformers: The Last Knight” stars franchise veterans Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, joined by newcomers Isabela Moner, Liam Garrigan, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Laura Haddock, Santago Cabrera and Anthony Hopkins.
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