Investors are now openly declaring that they'd like to make entire franchises rather than prospective one-offs hoping to make shit happen. As you yourself seem to be noting by bringing the Ghostbusters remake into the discussion, that intention does not exactly ALWAYS equate to an eventuality. A movie STILL has to prove itself as a success to garner sequels just as much as it has to prove itself an outright failure to NOT garner sequels. You're conflating many topics to the point of incoherence. What do we NEED to know about these movies before we walk into the theater? Is it really a PROBLEM that the investors are planning for sequels now? What about ANY of that indicates that "it's all forced to be the same"...? Optimus flies off into space to punch god in the face and the Autobots, Galvatron, and Earth are doing shit too while we wait for the next movie and Bumblebee spin-off. TICKETS = SOLD. "I haven't seen Captain America: Civil War so I'm qualified to judge it prematurely because the director of a different film left that project a year before," lol. WTF. Oh, and let's not forget "Transformers movies will avoid change and evolution" in light of the following points, lololol. Well, obviously you just enumerated SEVERAL ways in which it isn't even CLOSE to being a reboot, lol. We are following the same principal characters through a narrative expanding upon the established lore of a pre-existing timeline...isn't that the very essence of NOT A REBOOT? And the whole "telling the audience everything it needs to know as quickly as possible" thing is a throughline for the franchise starting with the first film itself and continuing through every sequel since. Each movie has a HEY! THIS IS WHAT YOU MISSED! introduction precisely because it ISN'T a given that the whole audience is immediately familiar with the narrative up to that point. Well, actually, the humans count too. Always have, always will. And, yes, I see that you keep moving the goalpost. Whoa, the nature of transience...that's HEAVY, bro. But, yes, of course I do. At my age it would be hard not to, lol. Do YOU understand replay value? Because these movies have that IN SPADES. There is just TONS of stuff you've never properly seen or heard before almost every single time you watch one of these movies. Frankly, that's a big part of their brilliance in terms of filmmaking. You just KNOW there's more there if you just watch it a LITTLE more closely next time. Hahaha...okay. Transforming Autobots and Decepticons from Cybertron warring on Earth with Witwickys caught in the middle and countless designs and plot elements ripped STRAIGHT from the comics and cartoons of EVERY iteration NOT TO MENTION THE SAME CHARACTERS AND VOICE ACTORS yet "it never felt like Transformers to me," bwahahaha. I mean... >_> LOLWUT A fallacious comparison if ever I've heard one! No, I'm describing the movies that are such crowdpleasers that the first two ALMOST broke the billion dollar mark at the box office and the next two actually DID break the billion dollar mark at the box office.