Transformers & G.I. Joe’s Movie Crossover Explained
At the end of the movie, Noah (Anthony Ramos) met Michael Kelly’s mysterious character in a job interview. However, it wasn’t a normal interview since Kelly’s character informed him that he knows that Noah and his “friends” (the Transformers) saved the world from Unicron.
The secret agent then gave his business card to Noah, noting that he is part of a top-secret organization that protects the world from global threats. When Noah flipped the card after he entered the secret base, the G.I. Joe’s logo was unveiled.
Transformers & GI Joe’s Crossover History Explained
Plans for a Hasbro cinematic universe started even before the first Transformers movie.
In 2003, producer Don Murphy was interested in a G.I. Joe film adaptation, but the war between the United States and Iraq in March prevented that plan from coming to fruition. As a result, Hasbro suggested developing Transformers instead.
Fast forward to March 2013 during the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura announced Paramount’s plans to develop a G.I. Joe and Transformers crossover. In July 2013, G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu even expressed interest, via Collider, in directing the crossover “as long as the reality of their worlds matches.
However, in June 2014, di Bonaventura backtracked his comments by telling Slash Film that a crossover was not in the immediate plans of the studio.
In April 2016, via The Hollywood Reporter, Hasbro made a deal with Paramount Pictures to develop a shared universe based on five of their properties (G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Rom, M.A.S.K, and Visionaries) which then led to them assembling a writer’s room that featured many in-demand talents.
Despite that bold attempt, Transformers and G.I. Joe producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Entertainment Weekly in May 2021, via ScreenRant, that the planned writer’s room “didn’t generate much” for them, noting that Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (the new G.I. Joe film) didn’t even come from it:
Speaking with Uproxx in July 2021, di Bonaventura set the record straight about potential crossover hopes between the two franchises, noting that “the studio [Paramount] has always been against that.”
Still, the producer said that he thinks that the crossover is “inevitable:”
True enough, Rise of the Beasts proved that the inevitable crossover will indeed happen.
What’s Next for Transformers & G.I. Joe?
Aside from the fact that Transformers: Rise of the Beasts confirmed the G.I. Joe’s arrival, it is unknown how the two franchises will fit in the planned shared universe.
Based on the movie’s ending, it’s clear that Anthony Ramos’ Noah Diaz will serve as the mediator between the two groups. It’s possible that Noah will learn more about the Joes first before eventually telling Optimus Prime about a potential partnership.
Given that 2021’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins was negatively received by fans and critics and underperformed at the box office, there’s a strong chance that the new batch of soldiers who will show up in the crossover movie is an entirely new set of actors.
In February 2022, Paramount announced that Rise of the Beasts is the first of three new Transformers installments. It remains to be seen if the sequel will push the G.I. Joe to the forefront or if a solo film featuring the elite soldiers will be launched first before the crossover.
Hopefully, Paramount will clear the air in the coming months in order to build the hype for the highly-anticipated live-action crossover between the two famous franchises.