Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts - Unicron Explained

The "Transformers" movies are known for their gigantic antagonists. The bad guys need to be pretty huge, of course, seeing as Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and his Autobot allies tend to be quite towering themselves. However, "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" takes things to an outright planetary level with Unicron, a baddie who's so extremely large that he can eat planets for sustenance.

A threat this huge requires more firepower than the Autobots can muster, but fortunately, one of the movie's central team-up is their alliance with Optimus Primal's (Ron Perlman) reclusive Maximals. However, even this might not be enough to stop the threat of Unicron, since the new trailer for "Rise of the Beasts" barely begins to scrape his true threat level. Sure, the characters drop a few ominous lines about "darkness," "the end of all living things," and "eating planets," and Unicron itself is an incredibly threatening sight. Still, what we've seen so far doesn't hold a torch to the source material, in which Unicron is not only massive — it's also the "Transformers" equivalent of the devil itself.

Unicron is a dark deity who's out to destroy everything

Fans are roaring with excitement for "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts," and if the movie intends to fully explore its gargantuan villain, said roar might become deafening. After all, Unicron isn't just a robotic celestial body that feeds on planets — it's a Transformer, as well. The new trailer seems to briefly show Unicron opening its eyes, so the robot form of the villain will likely make an appearance in the movie. 

Still, Unicron is far more than a supersized robotic kaiju. In the "Transformers" lore, Unicron is the Lord of Chaos, and a multiversal threat — though at some point, it becomes a series of Unicron variants instead of the original freely Multiverse-hopping version of the reality-eating entity. As for its ultimate mission, it's nothing less than to eat the entire multiverse. The original Unicron has successfully consumed several universes, in fact. 

All of this makes for one terrifying and seemingly invincible antagonist. Fortunately, there's one potential way to defeat him and said way is a long-standing "Transformers" McGuffin: The Matrix of Leadership, which contains the power of Unicron's brother and good counterpart, Primus. The Matrix has already played a significant role in multiple movies ... and might just do so in this one, as well. 

"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" is in theaters on June 9.