Optimus makes these statements about Cybertron: “A war that ravaged our planet until it was consumed by death... Our war finally consumed the planet...” 2007 “The war was lost. Cybertron is but a barren wasteland.” 2011 I guess that’s a clear statement that Cybertron was dead, along with anyone left behind on it. It’s a shame, because G1/PRIME canon states Megatron left Shockwave behind to control/rebuild what was left of Cybertron, which still had fighting Transformers who couldn’t/wouldn’t leave for another world. Had this plot element been used, it would have made for a series of fascinating (and possibly better) adjustments: - We have the infamous “Are All Dead?” slogan by Shockwave, which refers to BOTH the fate of Cybertron as well as his goal to subdue both Autobots and Decepticons - Cybertron still has living Autobots/Decepticons warring within it - Shockwave is the ruler of Cybertron’s remnants, and is aware of the deal Sentinel made with Megatron: his role in it would be to deploy Decepticons through the first space bridge to wherever the bridge links to, for takeover. - Sentinel opens a space bridge to Cybertron instead of the Moon, allowing Shockwave to put the above plan into action and lead troops to Earth. However, some Autobots on Cybertron take note of the bridge... - when Sentinel forms the bridge that ships Cybertron, these Autobots on Cybertron take advantage of the bridge to head through to join the fight, bringing unexpected reinforcements to aid NEST in Chicago. This would probably be too much to adapt into DOTM. And besides, I have no idea how to feasibly cast two villains, Sentinel Prime and Shockwave, of such equal stature in one film. Anyway, it was something interesting that came to me: whether Cybertron was truly dead, and the possible implications of Cybertron still having life within it (beyond the creepy “Ratchet and Bumblebee are mass-murderers” claims that are going around).