Producer Lorenzo di Bonavetura once again sat down with Metro to talk a bit about Transformers: Bumblebee.
This time, he chose to dissect the mid-credit scene from the latest Travis Knight movie.
Due to the heavy spoiler nature of the subject, we have decided to keep the information after the jump.
The producer explained that the movie is a prequel and the visiting Autobots went back to Cybertron to come back in Transformers 2007. The explanation also confirmed the fact that the 7 pods seen during the mid-credit screen are Autobots.
“Someone described Bumblebee to me as, ‘99% prequel, 1% not’,” Di Bonaventura tells Metro. “I was like, ‘What was the 1%?’ He said, ‘It is the scene where Optimus and all the other guys come to Earth at the end.’”
“I was like, ‘That doesn’t contradict anything we have said before. Who is to say they haven’t been around Robots In Disguise since then.’”
But while this sequence was always bound to cause a little controversy, Di Bonaventura was adamant that it be included for a very important reason.
“That scene was always imagined but in many different versions. We didn’t do that scene until we’d shot the movie. Because we felt the movie was going to dictate that scene a little bit. What happened is that you got to see Haliee return to her family. Bumblebee needs to return to his family. Otherwise what happened to poor Bumblebee? That was our thinking.”
“Plus Optimus said we are going to go to Earth. We are gonna regroup. And then we are gonna go back. In our minds they went back out. It had nothing to do with the other films, and was completely about the emotional journey of Bumblebee.”