I remember seeing an article with a fucking groan-worthy title a while back. The title in question being “Transformers Might F**k I’m the Next Transformers Movie”. I don’t know who posted it and I’m not going to search it because that’s a trash clickbait title and they’re trash news, but the contents of it, covered way more reputably by more respectable sources, was an interview with producers, stating that it’s not outside the realm of possibility that romances between transformers may be explored in new movies. and MAAAAAAN they could fuck this up so easily. Like, I WANT them to do this right. I WANT to see Transformers in love and they don’t ever feel the need to over explain it or make some juvenile joke about “oh how do they fuck”. And I want to see them go all the way with it - as a queer man, I want to see the equivalent of Chromedome and Rewind in the movieverse. I want them to retcon Shatter and Dropkick into a Decepticon Murder Couple. I have held the idea for a long time that a romance is another layer of MUCH needed development you can give to these robot characters that, if done right, can make an audience care for these characters. But I’m also deeply worried because I know how easy this is for people to fuck up. They’ll over explain. They’ll make juvenile “how do they fuck” jokes. They’ll act like a romance between two sentient beings is a weird thing and feel like they have to justify it in some way. And I’m fucking terrified of that. Going back to Chromedome and Rewind - yes I haven’t finished the comics but you know what, they never acted like it was weird that they were married. They just had them appear, very clearly have a deeper relationship than just being friends, developed it, and went forward with it. And as someone who holds the belief that if transformers is to evolve and grow in terms of storytelling that they need to employ methods and influences from other sources, developing a romance of ANY kind is a big step forward. I don’t know. What do y’all think?