'Transformers 5,' '6,' '7' Cast, Release Dates Announced: Can Robots In Disguise Take On Wonder Woman, Godzilla?

The cast of Transformers 5 is mostly unknown, but the release date is no longer a mystery. Mark Wahlberg is slated to return as Cade Yeager, the human side of the intergalactic struggle, in the Summer of 2017. Afterward, the follow-up films are expected to hit in successive years.

When Michael Bay brought the Transformers from the small screen to the theater, audiences were amazed. He managed to make giant characters who didn't really exist not only look real enough to touch, but he also gave them personalities. Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox found their fame skyrocketing.

Sadly, when Revenge of the Fallen arrived, it was a rush job, which showed in everything from dialogue to the story itself. The movie had been a victim of Michael Bay attempting to release a massive film in a small amount of time, and he had apologized for it. Armchair critics rejected his apology and slammed everything he touched from then on.

After attempting to back out as director twice, Bay is back to direct the Transformers 5 cast. It is unknown if the film will follow the travels of Optimus Prime in scenes where it isn't focusing on the Autobots' struggles on Earth, but it was rumored that the story would be split into two films.

Coming Soon has stated an upcoming trilogy has officially been confirmed as Transformers 5, 6, and 7 all now have release dates. The next one is being penned by the writers behind Iron Man and Black Hawk Down, so there is a chance that Bay's tendency to oversexualize women, make racist characters, and use immature humor will be downplayed.

The upcoming film, once again directed by Michael Bay, is slated to hit on June 23, 2017, while Transformers 6 and 7 are expected to arrive on June 8, 2018, and June 28, 2019, respectively. This also means that Bay may need to take advice from Taylor Swift and shake off the haters while his film takes on Wonder Woman. Yes, the robots in disguise will need to not only fight off their Cybertronian rivals but also the female demigod from the Justice League.

The following year, the Autobots and Decepticons are taking on an opponent closer to their size when Transformers 6 roars into theaters alongside Godzilla and possibly sandwiched between Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Ant-Man and the Wasp. The competition will be fierce for both films, and we might see the profits drop if they can't draw audiences away from these other Summer blockbusters.

One thing Transformers 5 may need to do to win audiences over is keep the usual Michael Bay shenanigans to a minimum. The Dinobots and the cameo by YouTube celebrity Kassem G won't be enough to draw audiences away from Wonder Woman if Zach Snyder manages to turn the Justice League films into a franchise rivaling the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So far, no DC Comics film franchise has survived more than three films before destroying its own integrity.

Admittedly, the same could be said for Transformers, and 5, 6, and 7 will have heavy competition ready to grab audiences if they can't perform well enough to at least match Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction at the box office. Sex jokes and explosions won't cut it with those odds.

It's still unknown who may be joining Mark Wahlberg for the Transformers 5 cast, although it was rumored that Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox would be back to tie the films together on a human level. It's doubtful, since Megan Fox is now committed to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, and Shia is doing more indie films and shying away from the public eye.

[Feature image via Paramount Pictures]