Transformers 4 Spoilers: ‘Age of Extinction’ a ‘Stand-Alone Movie’? Mark Wahlberg Debunked in Film Trailer

March 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction may not be a movie completely unconnected to the first three installments.

At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the Ted and Lone Survivor star suggested to fans that Age of Extinction will represent be different from the other movies in the franchise.

“For moviegoers all over the world, I guarantee this will take it up a notch. Michael Bay promised me it would be a very different, stand-alone movie, which it absolutely is,” said Wahlberg.
Footage from the film’s trailer, however, proves otherwise.
In breaking down and analyzing the Transformers 4 trailer, IGN discovered that there is a billboard in the opening sequence that reads “Remember Chicago, and report alien activity.”
This is a clear allusion to the events of Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, where Autobots and Decepticons fought over the future of Earth and Cybertron in the city of Chicago.
Cade Yeager, Mark Wahlberg’s character, also has some knowledge of the Transformers. In a scene where he jumps-starts a beat-up truck, he realizes that he’s “found a Transformer.”

Three prominent Autobots from the previous movies, Optimus Prime, Ratchet and Bumblebee, also feature in the trailer.

Perhaps what Wahlberg meant was that Age of Extinction is set in the same storyline as the previous films, but events have change so radically for the Transformers from the Shia LaBeouf, Autobots-are-the-good-guys era, that it is like a “stand-alone” film.

Regardless, Wahlberg is very optimistic about this film, and has praised it highly.

“I really feel like it is probably the most iconic franchise in movie history,” he said at CinemaCon. “It is bigger and better than the other three combined.

“This will be the biggest movie of 2014.”