The “Transformers: Age of Extinction” trailer made its debut Sunday during the Super Bowl and gave viewers their first look at the fourth film in the Michael Bay-directed franchise, which now stars Mark Wahlberg instead of Shia LaBeouf. But as was often the case with LaBeouf, Wahlberg plays second fiddle to the real stars of the trailer: The robots in disguise.
With all due respect to the former Oscar nominee and one time leader of the Funky Bunch, fans on the message boards today aren’t saying “Remember the part where Mark Wahlberg runs and screams at the same time?” or “I could do without the goatee.” They’re talking about the menacing robot whose face morphs into a gun in the beginning of the trailer and the dinobot Optimus Prime is riding as he busts through the wall at the end.
So what’s the movie about?
The brief trailer doesn’t exactly reveal much about the plot, but we’ve been told in the past that “Age of Extinction” takes place four years after Chicago was destroyed in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” It’s unclear what sort of shape our beloved city is in when “Age of Extinction” begins, but it’s not a good sign that there were posters up on the set that read “Remember Chicago” when the movie filmed here over the summer. The movie also shot in Detroit, Austin and Hong Kong.
You can see Chicago in the trailer at the 18 second mark, which shows Crosshairs parachuting with the skyline in the background, and possibly the 23 second mark, which appears to take place at the Wacker and Monroe intersection.
“Age of Extinction” hits theaters June 27.
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