Except that's not true TF characters aren't Iron Man or CA or Hulk, Thor and BW. This idea that most TF characters have all this development potential isn't true, neither the G1 show or comics gave the movies a lot to work with. Yes the comics had some more layered characters but guess what they were always the main characters of that story. Blaster faded into obscurity after Grimlock's reign, Ratchet faded into the background until Megatron returned. Prowl wasn't even notable until the final stretches. Fortress Maximus pretty much disappears until the end. The Marvel comics only focused on a select few Autobots optimus, Grimlock were the equivalent of optimus and Bumblebee. Blaster, Ratchet, Fortress Maximum and prowl got their moments but many of those were limited. BW didn't tell better stories than the movies. The discovery of the ark amounted to the maximals becoming body guards that's it. Why did the tripodius council seek to destroy the ark, what was their endgame, how did they know the vok, why did they fear them. Tarantulas mission was why they were on Earth, and we never found out why. The purpose of the vok was never revealed. I get BW was cancelled but maybe if they spend more time building the mythology and less time on foiling whatever scheme Megatron has we could've reached the big reveal. The tripodius council descended from the cybertronian empire and the vok was a remnant of the swarm. We never even reach the main conflict we do zero world building and we don't delve into the mythology at all, the only story we get is maximals vs Predacons, stop Megatron, Status quo. Seriously BW didn't do anything with any of it's plot points, the big ark discovery gave the maximals a new base to protect. The Vok gave them new bodies. The idea of Megatron using the golden disk to look into the future, used for one episode then it's destroyed. With the movies the narrative is moving forward it's not just Autobots vs Decepticons. The movies are at least telling different stories, the dynasty, the creators, humans hunting the Autobots, sentinel's betrayal. They're telling more than the typical TFS status quo and these events have impact beyond a new base or paint job which is more than I can say for BW.