Do You Need to Watch the Transformers Movies Before Rise of the Beasts?

Are you wondering if it's necessary to watch the Transformers movies before seeing Rise of the Beasts? Get ready for the answer!

by Matthew Kevin Mitchell
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Do you need to watch the Transformers Movies before Rise of the Beasts? This is a valid question because there have been six live-action films since the original debuted in 2007. In addition, the last movie in the live-action Transformer franchise was also called a reboot, which adds even more to the confusion. Here is everything you need to know about what to watch before seeing Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.

What Should You Watch Before Seeing Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the continuous sequel to Bumblebee (2018) and the prequel to Transformers (2007) because the events will lead directly into the 2007 film. This means you should watch Bumblebee before seeing Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and then Transformers (2007) after seeing Rise of the Beasts.

To go even deeper into the Transformers movies timeline, Bumblebee was set in 1987, Rise of the Beasts in 1994, and Transformers in 2007. This means that the three movies create a cohesive storyline that you should watch. The rest of the films are not required to understand Rise of the Beasts but are a worthwhile watch if you want some fun action and amazing special effects.

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That is all you need to watch from the live-action Transformer movies. However, if you want to understand the newly introduced characters, and their motivations, from the Rise of the Beasts, I recommend watching the Beast Wars: Transformers cartoon that premiered in 1996. This is because Rise of the Beasts is loosely based on Beast Wars and will feature the Maximals, Terrorcons, and Predacon Transformer species.

You can watch entire Beast Wars: Transformers cartoon episodes on the Transformers Official YouTube page. I have found that season 1 was geared more towards kids, but seasons 2 and 3 get deep into the serialization and have unique stories, so stick through the cheesy CGI and silly stories in season 1 because the wait is worth it for the last two seasons.

- This article was updated on September 7th, 2023

About The Author

Matthew Kevin Mitchell has been a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion since 2022. Matthew primarily covers Manga like One Piece, horror movies like Scream, and survival horror games like Dead by Daylight. His favorite moment came during his first press event covering Scream 6 for AotF. He hails from Denver, Colorado, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Regis University. When he isn’t scaring himself silly or writing, he loves to play ice hockey, spoil his dog, and drink an unhealthy amount of coffee.