With the release of “Rise of the Beasts” on June 9, the Transformers franchise makes a much-anticipated comeback. This thrilling episode includes a great ensemble cast, including Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Ron Perlman, Michelle Yeoh, and Peter Dinklage, among others. “Rise of the Beasts” is a prequel to the original 2007 film and is influenced by the well-known Beast Wars plot.
The story, which takes place in 1994, centers on Noah (Anthony Ramos) and Elena (Dominique Fishback), who become sucked into a huge conflict between the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons. As they become entangled in the ongoing struggle, which involves both Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal, as revealed in the teaser, the future of Earth is in jeopardy.
Let’s now examine how these two enduring personas differ from one another and from one another. Despite having the same name, Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal are very different from one another. Although it is probably going to be brief, the trailers that have been released so far allude to a potential clash between the two.
There have been other conflicts between Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal in recent Transformers history. Optimus Primal has mistrust for Optimus Prime in the Netflix series “War for Cybertron Trilogy,” and for good reason. The heroic Maximals and the upright Autobots conflict because the Maximals are from the future and know something that Optimus Prime doesn’t yet know about himself. In several continuations of the franchise, Optimus Prime transforms into Nemesis Prime, a ruthless and soulless robot. This plot has been referenced in films, with a variation of Prime’s evil persona appearing in “The Last Knight.”
On the other hand, Optimus Primal, who hails from the future and takes charge of a faction of Maximals during the Beast Wars, is a Maximal. Both factions experienced a change known as the Great Upgrade following the Great War, which alludes to the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons seen in Generation One. As a result, the Transformers grew more potent, energy-efficient, and compact. The Decepticons became the Predacons, and the Autobots became the Maximals.
It’s crucial to remember that the Predacons from Beast Wars are distinct from the Decepticon group of the same name from the Great War. In Beast Wars, the entire faction of ex-Decepticons is known as the Predacons. A rogue Predacon dubbed Megatron is after the Maximal crew that Optimus Primal is leading aboard the Axalon. Although he alludes to the original Decepticon commander as his namesake, this Megatron is not the original figure.
The Axalon and Megatron’s ship run into a trans warp wave produced by Cybertron’s latest trans warp technology while in pursuit. The trans warp wave propels both crews back in time to prehistoric Earth, where a conflict begins, and this technology is anticipated to play a part in the future “Rise of the Beasts.” Megatron and his Predacons launch many assaults on Optimus Primal and his Maximals, but ultimately the Predacons prevail in the Beast Wars.
While it first seems that the Maximals would win to defend the future of humanity and guarantee the Autobots’ success in the Great War, a twist happens on their way back to the present. Megatron escapes and spreads his awareness throughout Cybertron, ultimately defeating the Maximals.