Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise Trailer Has New Characters
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Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise Trailer Features No Earth But A Whole Lotta Rising

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BY December 8, 2020

The Transformers is coming back in a big bad way with plans for a new movie franchise. Not to mention the new War For Cybertron anime on Netflix. The Netflix original series reinvented many concepts of the 80’s franchise, with an innovative style of animation and cool story elements. The first installment, Siege, debuted earlier this year, and now we have a release date for the next part of the Trilogy. The Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise trailer is here, and it packs a lot of punch (and a lot of colons), along with some huge surprises. 

Please note that going forward I will be discussing Spoilers from Transformers: War For Cybertron: Siege.

Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earth-rise Trailer Builds On Its Predecessor

Captured. Image via Netflix.

Siege got a lot of things right but also had some missteps. The characters and story were fresh and interesting, while the world-building was lacking. The Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise trailer looks to address some of those with issues with a lot more going on and some amazing reveals. 

After we saw a dying Cybertron with factions of Transformers called Autobots and Decepticons, their civil war raged on. The Decepticons, led by Megatron, discovered a way to neutralize their enemy, the Autobots by reformatting them. He would do this using an the source of power of Cybertron, the Allspark. However, before they could, Optimus Prime, Autobot leader, stole the Allspark and took it off-world. Doing so, he is essentially killing Cybertron, but also saving it in the process by protecting it from Megatron. Now, in Earthrise, we see the consequences of his decision, for both parties. The official synopsis is below. 

With the Allspark gone, Megatron is forced to confront the harsh reality that his Decepticons are trapped on a dying Cybertron. Meanwhile, lost in the darkest reaches of space, Optimus Prime and his team embark on a desperate mission, unexpectedly running into … the spacefaring Mercenaries.

How Earth Factors Into The Earthrise Trailer

Featured. Image via Netflix.

Originally, the cliffhanger ending of Siege made it look like the Autobots were going to Earth. Which is where most Transformers shows or movies are set. However, the new trailer for Earthrise begins with Optimus Prime and his Autobots taken captive somewhere else. Not Earth. These could be the new faction of Transformers we heard about in the teaser, called the Mercenaries. Their leader gets an ominous reveal, but not the only one in this trailer. The Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise trailer has some other appearances, which are honestly confusing to try to figure out how these characters can even fit into the story of this show. 

So far though, Optimus Prime and the Autobots don’t seem to be on Earth at all. Just yet. Instead, they’re in some in-between place with the Mercenaries, and it seems like they have to figure out how to get out of here before they can save their world and themselves. While some unlikely characters look like they’re influencing Megatron and Optimus. And it all seems to be setting the stage for something much bigger in the third part of this trilogy. 

The Characters Introduced In Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise Trailer Are Intriguing

Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise trailer Unicron Image via Netflix.

The trailer has the usual cast of Transformers carrying over from the Seige series. But there are others that raise a lot of eyebrows, or the Transformers equivalent to eyebrows (fenders?) and even more questions. Firstly, the mysterious Mercenaries’ leader is an unknown, almost ape-like Transformer, while there’s another scene with one with Octopus-like tentacles. This is only relevant, given that we already know the third installment of this trilogy will see these Transformers, somehow connect with their Beast Wars counterparts. The Beast Wars was a 90’s Transformers series about the descendants of the Autobots and Decepticons, who transform into animals, instead of vehicles. So the appearance of animal-like Transformers is definitely interesting. 

Another shot in the new trailer also features a look at Unicron. Tied to the lore of how the original Transformers came about, Unicron is one of the major villains of the franchise. A Transformer who can convert into a huge planet-sized character, Unicron is always a major threat to our heroes, and his appearance here is shocking, given that it usually heralds world-ending consequences. 

The Evil Versions Of Optimus And Megatron Show Up As Well

Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise trailer Galvatron. Image via Netflix.

Possibly the most shocking part of the Earthrise trailer is the introduction of two characters, directly tied into Optimus and Megatron’s future. As a voiceover warns of an impending doomed future, we get to see an Optimus with red eyes, rising from somewhere. The implication here is that of Nemesis Prime, an evil clone of Optimus Prime that becomes a major villain as well for the franchise. 

And along with this, another voiceover is guiding Megatron to kill Prime and win the war. The trailer ends as we see that voice belonging to none other than Galvatron. This is weird and interesting because, in many iterations of Transformers, Galvatron is the ultimate evolution of Megatron. Megatron dies but and gets rebuilt and returns as Galvatron. Other versions do show the character as an older Transformer, however, the connection to Megatron is usually the most used one. So how both appear together in the same place and time, is a mystery I look forward to unravelling. 

Earthrise Trailer Could Possibly Be Introducing Time Travel Already

Transformers: War For Cybertron: Earthrise trailer crew. Image via Netflix.

One leading theory is that this is how the show plans to end the trilogy. Nemesis Prime could be a possible warning for Optimus, more in a vision, than anything else. Whereas Galvatron could actually be Megatron from the future, trying to guide his former self to victory. If time travel is possible here then it also makes it easier for the series to end with the Beast Wars crossover. Since the characters in Beast Wars are the descendants of the current Transformers, maybe Prime and Megaton end up in the future, meeting their future counterparts for the finale of this trilogy. We’ll have to wait until December 30 when Earthrise premieres on Netflix to find out.

Transformers: War For Cybertron: Seige is available right now on Netflix.

So what did you think of the new War For Cybertron: Earthrise trailer? Let me know in the comments below. 

Featured image via Netflix. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.


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