While every studio wants to have its own big crossover event movie, Paramount Pictures has kept the Transformers & G.I.Joe franchises separate for years. With the launch of the semi-reboot film Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, that looks to be changing. The final scene of the film introduces the secret military organization, The Joes (via ComingSoon.net):
After momentarily saving Earth from the menace of Scourge and Unicron by joining forces with the Autobots and the Maximals in Peru, Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos) returns to his Brooklyn life and attends an interview for a security job. To his surprise, the interviewer (Michael Kelly) knows everything in Noah’s life since his encounter with Mirage. (The character’s name isn’t directly mentioned in the movie, but some outlets name him Agent Burke.) After informing Noah that there is an ongoing war — he doesn’t go into details, but he was likely referring to everyone’s efforts to prevent Unicron from destroying Earth — Agent Burke invites Noah to join a secret government organization he works for. The business card he leaves to Noah reads G.I. Joe.
The two mega-franchises have crossover in the past comics and animated shows. In the comics, Cobra Commander uses the Allspark to take over Earth’s machines. The Joes partnered with Optimus and the Transformers to stop this global event. It’ll be interesting to see which actors will return from the previous G.I.Joe films, like Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock or Channing Tatum as Duke (though he died originally). Paramount also semi-rebooted the Joes with 2021’s Snake Eyes film starring Henry Golding.
Variety spoke with longtime G.I.Joe and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about the crossover scene. But reveals they really haven’t thought that far ahead on when the crossover film will come out:
“I don’t know honestly. We don’t plan that far ahead. We react to what the audience is reacting to, so in a way we can please them, but also in a way it makes it feel fresh, like ‘OK, they want to go that way, so let’s go explore that.’”
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is in theaters today