While I'm sure the idea of a Transformers Cinematic Universe could be cool, it faces a major flaw - unlike Marvel or DC, there's not a lot of instantly recognizable characters in Transformers, at least not enough to market an entire movie around (Marvel just got around to Doctor Strange because they showed anything they do can make money). Granted, you could argue that Star Wars doesn't either (at least not in the same way as Marvel, where they can get their own movie) - all the recognizable Star Wars characters show up in the main line movies. Rogue One featured almost entirely new characters (and in my opinion was better for it). If Transformers wants this cinematic universe of theirs to work, they have to go the Rogue One approach. They really have to focus mainly on ideas and new settings to draw people in and expand the universe further. What could that be? Well, I have a few suggestions. 1. The Human/Decepticon alliance Rewatching Dark of the Moon (which does NOT hold up as well as I thought it would) I realize that it has a lot of world building, but the way it's done feels almost accidental. Characters will spout off a line of dialogue that, when you think about it, has HUGE and long standing implications on the universe as a whole, chief among them being McDreamy's line about his father working with the Decepticons to make space travel too expensive to be feasible. This almost feels like a throwaway line to tie Dylan Gould to the Decepticons, but really think about it - it implies Decepticons have been dicking around on Earth since the fucking Kennedy era (not ignoring their interference in early mankind from ROTF - More on that later). This idea of Transformers being present in human history lends itself to a bevy of stories through different eras, one that could really highlight the "disguise" aspect of the robots in disguise. 2. Fixing the Plot Holes/Expanding on the events of ROTF Before any of you fucking neckbeards come in and say "UHM AKSHULEE" - Revenge of the Fallen is a messy, poorly plotted movies. Even if EVERY single plot hole is explainable through some bullshit fan theory forum post, good movies shouldn't require that to have a basic understanding of their story. If only a Prime can kill the Fallen and Megatron killed Prime doesn't that mean Megatron is stronger than the Fallen? If an Allspark shard can revive a Transformer and Mikaela has that Allspark shard with her why doesn't she just revive Prime instead of Jetfire? Why can Jetfire teleport? If the Fallen can only be killed by a Prime, why didn't the 8 other Primes just gang up on him instead of suicide their bodies around the Matrix? How the fuck are Transformers still secret after Mission City and Shanghai? Why didn't Bumblebee warn Sam about Alice (more clearly than he fucking did) when he had the chance (or better yet try to kill the bitch when he had the chance)? And if the Decepticons have Pretenders, WHY DON'T THEY JUST FUCKING USE THEM MORE? If your first instinct is to come in and explain these, you're not only missing the goddamn point, but unable to accept that a movie (which I will admit I enjoy and have a lot of fun with even though I wouldn't say it's good) you like has plot holes. Sorry for the mini rant, but like I was saying - future movies have barely touched upon the plot holes raised in Revenge of the Fallen, which is where I think spin off films can help. The writers room will have to work their asses off to fix some of the shit in this but I think they can write in even little scenes that help explain these holes. Plus some of the stuff in ROTF was cool and I kinda want to see them explore it a little more. Transformers vs Ancient Humans is cool, and the fact that Transformers in Ancient Egypt isn't a whole movie already is a crime. 3. What Happened To Mikaela? While my personal theory is that Mikaela was killed by Cemetery Wind, we all know she bailed on the movies because of differences between Megan Fox and Bay. BUT...guess who's "supposedly" done after this (or at the very least probably won't direct the spin offs)? For all we know, Megan Fox might be beyond eager to work on a TF movie without Bay, and Mikaela was kind of a flat and boring character, but given the three movie absence (unless she's in The Last Knight somehow) that's PLENTY of time for a character to grow, especially when she's been hunted by Transformers. For all we know Mikaela's become the Bayverse equivalent to Circuit Breaker, hunting down and killing Decepticons and Autobots wherever she goes. Honestly I think Megan Fox isn't as bad an actor as everyone says - she's no Meryl Streep but she was fun in the Ninja Turtles movies, and Jennifer's Body is a masterpiece fuck what anyone says. Just don't ask for Shia to come back, cause he's more liable to write an entire diss track about Transformers. 4. NEST Come on. Like you need an explanation for this one. Humans and Autobots working to fight Decepticons? Like that wouldn't be fucking AWESOME. There's plenty more ideas but these are some of the ones that came to my head. What kind of spin off movies would you guys like to see?