Michael Bay hints at intriguing Transformers 4 time jump

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Jul 4, 2015, 2:09 PM EDT

We already know who's going to star in Transformers 4, but the plot of the quasi-reboot has remained a mystery—until now. Luckily director Michael Bay has spilled a major detail on the plot, and it looks like we'd better get ready for a time jump.

In an interview with TMZ, Bay revealed that the fourth installment in the popular robot franchise will take place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, with the aftermath of that massive battle in Chicago featured in part three apparently playing a major role in the future of the franchise.

Here's his comment:

"The movie is going to continue 4 years on from the attack on Chicago which was in the last movie. So it's going still to have the same lineage but going in a full, new, different direction and it actually feels really natural how it is going in that direction."
This detail puts the sequel in perspective, and it makes sense for Bay to build in a time jump to explain the fact that former series star Shia LaBeouf is MIA.

But we're still curious to see what role new star Mark Wahlberg will take on, with the current rumors ranging from parent of a teenage girl to military type working with the Autobots. With Bay's talk of a "new, different direction," this could be a world changed by the presence of public robo-knowledge, so it'll be interesting to see how Wahlberg fits in.

What do you think? Do you like the idea of a time jump?

(Via Bleeding Cool)