According to the new Transformers movie, the Apollo 11 mission was about a lot more than just landing on the Moon.
The first trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third and final installment in the Transformers series, suggests that the whole Megatron/Hoover Dam thing from the first movie wasn’t unique, and America actually has a plethora of Transformers related secrets it’s been keeping.
The trailer opens as the Apollo 11 lander touches down on the surface of the Moon and we hear Neil Armstrong’s iconic line, “it’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Mission control then cuts the video feed to allow the astronauts to investigate the real reason they’re there, the downed alien spaceship on the titular dark side of the moon.
The ship is ruined, with no survivors – or so the astronauts think. As the trailer closes, a yellow-armored Transformer with a metal goatee beard wakes up. It’s not known who this mysterious robot is, but there are rumors floating around that Sentinel Prime – the leader of the Autobots before Optimus – will be in the movie, so there’s the possibility it could be him.
According to Collider, director Michael Bay is aware that Revenge of the Fallen had its problems, and wants Dark of the Moon to be a significant improvement in terms of story and action. There’s not enough in the trailer to even hint at whether he’s succeeded or not, but unfortunately, his track record with the franchise doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits theaters on July 1st, and Bay recommends that you watch it in 3D.