We are officially into summer blockbuster season, where theater marquees are dominated by action-packed franchise fare. This year is no different, and the latest tentpole sequel is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the seventh movie in the live-action series inspired by the Hasbro toy line.
Rise of the Beasts introduces Anthony Ramos as tech expert and reluctant car thief Noah Diaz, and Dominique Fishback as museum intern Elena Wallace, the latest two humans to find themselves entangled in the conflicts of the shapeshifting Autobots, Maximals, and Predacons.
Continuing directly on from the 2018 film Bumblebee, Rise of the Beasts also serves as a prequel to the main Transformers timeline, in addition to functioning as a soft reboot of the entire franchise. The way this movie ends, viewers are absolutely led to expect that they can see more of Noah Diaz—in the final moments, it looks like he is about to be recruited by G.I. Joe, the top-secret spy organization which has its own toy-inspired film franchise, most recently 2021’s Snake Eyes.
Does this mean a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover could be on the way? Possibly. And in addition to teasing future adventures, the ending of Rise of the Beasts offers resolution on the fate of a key character.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has a mid-credits sequence.
In true franchise form, audiences will want to stay in their seats until the initial credits have rolled for one more glimpse of what happens next.
Following his meeting with G.I. Joe, we see Noah meeting up with Reek, the friend who convinced him to steal a car that turned out to be Mirage, the Autobot who was killed by Scourge in the movie’s climax. Noah explains to Reek that he was able to repair the car, and the Autobot transforms into Mirage, revealing that he is alive and well.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.