Hi, I've been reading this board for a while. I've really enjoyed the live action TF movies and wanted to share my ideas on how some popular characters could be introduced in the 5th installment. I'm basing this with the assumption that Michael Bay will return to direct TF5. There are a few characters that I think have a really good chance of making it into the next film: Cyclonus, Ultra Magnus, Scourge, and Outback. Based on the ending of AoE, I could see the next film opening up with Optimus on the planet Quintessa where the Quintessons have several Transformers (both Autobot and Decepticon) held as slaves. We see them working for the Quintessons and how terribly their lives suck. Ultra Magnus and Cyclonus would be two of the slaves we see. Optimus recognizes Ultra Magnus and manages to rescue him (and another Autobot, Outback, which I'll elaborate on later) but realizes there is no way he can face the Quintessons by himself. We see Magnus, Prime, & Outback escape in a stolen Quintesson ship that looks like what we saw at the beginning of AoE. The plan is for Prime, Magnus & Outback to head back to Earth and devise a plan with the other Autobots to end the Quintessons' rule over TF's. Unknown to Prime, Galvatron scanned a jet and tracked him through space to Quintessa. He recognizes Cyclonus and Scourge who have an idea that appeals to Galvatron: to plant a bomb at Quintessa's core and blow it up. They succeed and evacuate the planet before the bomb blows up. A few Quintessons either detect the their impending doom and escape, or some that are off their home world observe what happened from a distance and decide to attack the Transformers once they've formed an army. This would all be shown as the opening to the movie, perhaps a 3 or 4 minute scene. Prime and Magnus would be completely oblivious to the events on Quintessa after they leave. Galvatron would have a plan to take over the Earth in some fashion (this part I haven't thought through - maybe he steals a weapon or relic from Quintesssa) Cyclonus could be introduced as a great warrior while Scourge sends a signal for his Sweeps to rendezvous with them on Earth. Boom, we have a Decepticon army. Now, as I mentioned there would be another Autobot that Optimus rescued and going by Bay's tendency to use characters with a certain accent, I thought maybe Outback would be a likely choice because he could sport an Australian accent. Smaller Autobot that is tough but wouldn't see much more action than Que in DOtM. I'd also have Prime refer to Ultra Magnus as someone who was held in high regards on Cybertron. Once the Transformers are back on Earth, Galvatron puts his plan into action as the Quintessons show up later in the movie to destroy the Transformers and anything that gets in their way. Just wanted to share these ideas as I think they would make for a fun, enjoyable movie and are also something I think we could see from Bay and his staff.