So off my head I compiled a list of the most common similarities every Transformers movie shares. Not knocking on the movies too much but just having fun with identifying the template they've used over the years and attempting to make predicitions based on the information provided to us as of 30/08/2016 about what TF5 could probably give us. I believe that this list can be built on since off my head the information below is fairly basic (though effective, considering each films' success). As I identify other similarities I'll just add a little thing here or there. Again just having fun with the material and not attempting to rag on it too much. Admittedly though, it could do with a newer direction. Transformers (2007) McGuffin: Allspark Link to the Past: Explorer Archibald Witwicky in 1895. Damsel: Sam Witwicky. Mikaela's main squeeze. Saves him a bunch. Major set piece stage: Mission City (But seriously, LA) Cavalry: Optimus Prime finally arrives on the battlefield after dispatching Bonecrusher on the highway. He takes on Megatron, gets his ass handed to him but still wins through the intervention of Sam using the All Spark. Intervening Ally: Sam Witwicky Big Bad: Megatron (Dies) Original Autobot Team Member Death: Jazz Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) McGuffin: The Matrix Link to the Past: Ancient Human Hunters in 17,000 B.C. Damsel: Mikaela Banes. Sam's main squeeze. Major set piece stage: Cairo, Egypt (Ok not a city but still bound with historical importance) Cavalry: Early in the film Optimus gets murdered by Megatron. Sam then successfully resurrects him with the Matrix. With the sacrifice and aid of Jetfire, Optimus, again, swoops in and saves everyone by killing The Fallen and grievously injuring Megatron. Intervening Allies: Sam Witwicky and Jetfire Big Bad: The Fallen (Dies) (Megatron is revived but still lurks) Original Autobot Team Member Death: Optimus Prime (Gets revived) Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) McGuffin: Pillars Link to the Past: Crew of Apollo 11 in 1961 Damsel: Carly Spencer. Sam's main squeeze. Major set piece stage: Chicago Cavalry: Optimus Prime again. Right after he gets untangled from the annoying wires from the wreckage in the city he once again swoops in, mercs a ton of Decepticons, and then gets his ass handed to him by Sentinel. Megatron intervenes, injures Sentinel but is also killed by Optimus for his troubles. Optimus later executes Sentinel saving the day of course. Intervening "Ally": Megatron Big Bad: Sentinel Prime (Dies) (Megatron dies again but he's lurking anyway.) Original Autobot Team Member Death: Ironhide Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) McGuffin: Seeds Link to the Past: 65 Million Years Ago, an alien race invades prehistoric Earth wiping out some of its life. Damsel: Tessa Yeager. Shane's squeeze. He saves her a bunch. Major set piece stage: Hong Kong Cavalry: Optimus Prime of course. After getting separated from Hound and Bumblebee, Optimus, Drift and Crosshairs recruit the Dinobots and massacre the KSI bots in Hong Kong. Optimus battles Lockdown, gets his ass handed to him by Lockdown, Lockdown is distracted by Cade and Optimus delivers the final blow. Sound familiar? Intervening Ally: Cade Yeager Big Bad: Lockdown (Dies) (Megatron lurks... as Galvatron) Original Autobot Team Member Death: Ratchet Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) McGuffin: Currently unknown but extremely likely. Link to the Past: King Arthur in Late 5th - early 6th Century A.D... presumably. Damsel(?): British Actress, Laura Haddock? I’m reaching here but it’s a good reach. She's probably going to be Cade's main squeeze. Probably. Major set piece stage: Toss up between London and Detroit. My bet’s on London. Cavalry: You can bet your ass it’s Optimus Prime. Intervening Ally: Most likely Big Bad: Megatron (Dies maybe for good this time) (He's probably not lurking this time... maybe) Original Autobot Team Member Death (?): Bumblebee... but won't happen with the announcement of the Bumblebee movie. Bummer.