Critics enjoy making fun of Michael Bay's "Transformers" franchise for the excessive explosions and its exaggerated scale of destruction, but at the end of the day, fans all over the world cannot get enough of the big robot (and big-budget) blockbuster flick. Now, a new "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction" trailer promises the latest Michael Bay joint will shatter global box office records once again.

The "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction" release date is June 27, 2014. Some moviegoers that have seen the first three "Transformers" movies may believe the fourth installment will only be more of the same. However, "Age Of Extinction" will feature more Transfomers than ever, a new cast of actors, and a refreshed storyline that no longer revolves around Shia LaBeouf's character, Sam Witwicky. 

IMDB offers a brief plot summary for "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction":

Four years after the catastrophic events in the previous film, Earth has recovered from the great war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Many Transformers who remained on Earth were apprehended or killed. Now humans have learned the alien technology and built Transformers of their own, believing Earth is at last safe. But when Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), a struggling inventor, and his daughter Tessa discover an ancient Transformer, who is none other than Optimus Prime, they bring down Decepticons, Autobots and the US government on them. With the Decepticons plotting to destroy Earth once again, and a paranoid government official going after Cade, and the world falling into extinction, Cade must join the Autobots, and must align with the long-forgotten Dinobots, to save their home once more.

According to rumors, the main antagonist of the fourth installment is the dangerous matte black Lamborghini Aventador Tranformer known as Lockdown, a Decepticon bounty hunter. Lockdown pilots a ship full of “decommissioned Transformers” – including the Dinobots. As his bounty hunter title suggests, Lockdown collects parts from other Transformers to upgrade his personal arsenal. Lockdown is quite possibly the most destructive Transformer of all.


Meanwhile, Optimus Prime had defeated Megatron in "Dark Side Of The Moon." However, a resurrected Megatron returns as the bigger and stronger Galvatron to lead the Decepticons to the world's destruction once again. How and why did Megatron come back from the dead, you ask? As mentioned in the IMDB "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction" plot summary, humans have learned the technology and are building Transformers of their own. Galvatron is one of the first human-made Transformers that was largely assembled by Megatron components.

Peter Cullen will continue to voice Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots. Fan favorite Bumblebee will first transform into a 1967 Camaro before becoming the 2014 Camaro concept. Ratchet is a light green Rescue Hummer H2. New Autobots include a military jeep called Hound, voiced by John Goodman; a Corvette C7 Stingray called Crosshairs, voiced by John DiMaggio; a black and blue Bugatti Veyron Vitesse named Drift, voiced by Ken Watanabe, and a Lenovo laptop named Brains, voiced by Reno Wilson.

On the Decepticon side, Galvatron is voiced by Frank Welker. Lockdown is voiced by Mark Ryan. Junkheap transforms into a Chinese garbage truck. Finally, Stinger, a human-made Transformer, is a sabotage specialist and a spy for the Decepticons. Stinger transforms into a red and black Pagani Huayra.

Last but not least, Dinobots include leader Grimlock, a mech T-Rex; Slug, a mech Triceratops; Slog, a mech Apatosaurus; Snarl, a Stegosaurus; Strafe, a two-tailed Pteranodon; Scorn, a three-sailed Spiosaurus; and Slash, a Velociraptor.

Without further ado, be sure to watch the trailer below!