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Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts New Trailer Gives Us Our First Glimpse At Unicron

A second trailer for "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" has just been released online by distributor, Paramount Pictures, revealing the film's ultimate villain — the Bringer of Chaos himself, Unicron. The gargantuan character was famously introduced in the 1986 animated film "Transformers: The Movie," wherein he was voiced by celebrated actor Orson Welles.

In this new trailer, released ahead of Paramount's appearance at CinemaCon 2023 in Las Vegas, Anthony Ramos' Noah Diaz scoffs at the terror Unicron inspires in the Autobots, seemingly under the impression that he couldn't be much bigger than the already massive beings he fights beside. Mirage — a sleek blue Porsche played by "SNL" alum Pete Davidson — confirms that this foe is bigger than a planet.

Even this brief promise of a full-fledged Unicron appearance in a live-action "Transformers" outing is sure to inspire nostalgic excitement in fans across the globe — especially since he was cruelly teased in a film released over half a decade ago.

Unicron appeared in Transformers: The Last Knight

Though "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" will likely be regarded as Unicron's real live-action debut, that isn't entirely accurate. Segments of the character were seen in 2017's "Transformers: The Last Knight" — the final "Transformers" film helmed by the franchise's defining creative mind, Michael Bay (though he serves as a producer on both "Bumblebee" and "Rise of the Beasts"). The robot is said to exist within the Earth, protruding through the ground due to his enormous size.

At present, it's unclear whether or not "The Last Knight" remains canon in the post "Bumblebee" continuity. The film was received with less grace than its successor, which also happened to be stylistically distinct from the preceding entries. It's entirely possible that "Beast Wars" will honor certain choices made by Bay's films without being stringently beholden to every piece of mythology he established. In the case of a character as popular and widely recognizable as Unicron, director Steven Caple Jr. almost certainly wanted to focus on doing right by his longtime fans — character first, continuity second.

Unfortunately, those same fans still have a while to wait until they get to return to the world of Cybertron once more, as "Rise of the Beast" isn't set to hit theaters until June 9, 2023. When we do finally get to experience the film, we can only hope that Unicron leaves the impact he deserves.