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Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts' Trailer Has Fans Buzzing Over That Ambiguous Opening Line

"Before time began, there was the Cube," the first "Transformers" film in the franchise began, with the familiar, gravelly voice of Peter Cullen's Optimus Prime. After a short explanation about how the transformers came to be, he finished the monologue by alluding to a dire situation: "And just when all hope seemed lost, message of a new discovery drew us to an unknown planet called Earth. But we were already too late." If there's anything we've learned from the past two decades — and the Optimus Prime voiceover that starts each film of the franchise — it's that the Transformers are serious about protecting Earth from the Decepticons.

Except for "Bumblebee," which was directed by Travis Knight instead of Michael Bay, we've been given an idea of what problem the Transformers are dealing with in each film based on Optimus Prime's calm and concise prologue. The newest film in the franchise has found a new director in Steven Caple Jr., and it's already clear from the teaser trailer that this is a new narrative, with Peter Dinklage, John DiMaggio, and Michelle Yeoh among the new names in "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts". While we haven't yet discovered if Optimus Prime will do the familiar opening, fans are excited to find out more details about the new film. However, they're are a bit confused about what exactly the opening line even means.

Fans have no idea what the vague opening means

When the "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" trailer begins, instead of Optimus Prime explaining what the battle will be this time, we get the words "For millions of years our world has transformed, but something else has awakened" across the screen, as Optimus Primal (Ron Perlman) leaps into view. Fans on social media have been enjoying adding their own ending to the cryptic opening line and making fun of the vague but ominous words.

"I feel like every transformers movie has used this line before in some way, maybe I'm just imagining it. But it just sounds cool, doesn't make sense, but it sounds cool," wrote u/JohanXC on Reddit. "No one knows what it means but it's provocative, it gets the people going!" agreed u/PoobahJeehooba. "THERE IS A DARKNESS COMING," wrote u/Whyeth on Reddit. 

Nonetheless, fans are excited that director Steven Caple Jr. has big plans for the franchise – he has admitted he's a huge fan of the '90s "Beast Wars: Transformers" animated series, as well as the original 1986 animated film. We have confidence that once we get a closer look at the amazing CGI and effects and some more explanation, that generic opening will be forgiven.