^ Well said. The only reason Shia/Sam isn't returning for the next movie is that he's become too expensive and unwilling to return. The fact that the studio has retained Bay, when it could just as easily have pulled a GI Joe 2
and hired some relative unknown at a much cheaper rate, and scripted a family of human protagonists as the leads, tells one all one needs to know about this forthcoming movie: it's gonna be the same horrible, soulless product the two sequels were. Until given firm reasons to do so, assuming any other result is pure fantasy.