Last October, Paramount confirmed that it was not only moving forward on Transformers 5, but that Transformers 6, Transformers 7 and Transformers 8 were happening as well. These will come amidst a number of live-action and animated spin-offs. Today, Paramount has confirmed release dates for the first three sequels. And it sounds like they'll have some stiff competition at the box office.

Transformers 5 is officially set to hit on June 23, 2017. It will be directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg. The film will pick up where 2014'sTransformers: Age of Extinction left off, with Optimus Prime heading into space to find the The Quintessons, creators of the Transformers race. This is a bold move by Paramount, as they have just positioned this sequel right up against one of DC Comics and Warner Bros.' tentpole blockbusters Wonder Woman, which is one of the few superhero movies to be headlined by a female character.

The other Transformers sequels will arrive on an annual bases, following a pattern laid out by Disney's Marvel and Star Wars slate. Transformers 6 is heading our way on June 8, 2018. For anyone disappointed that Pacific Rim 2 has been indefinitely delayed, this weekend might provide the perfect fix, as giant robot movie Transformers 6 will be facing off directly against the giant monster movie Godzilla 2, which will reintroduce a trio of iconic Kaiju to the big screen for the first time in years.

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Transformers 7 is going to hit the world on June 28, 2019. At this time, it does not have any direct competition. But it will be opening two weeks after DC and Warner Bros. epic superhero ensemble Justice League Part 2, which, if everything goes according to plan, should still be doing stellar box office. And it comes just one week after the long awaited Pixar sequel The Incredibles 2.

In March 2015, Akiva Goldsman headed up a writers room for the Transformers franchise, which was responsible for pumping out the script outline for Transformers 5 and the first animated spinoff Transformers One, an origin story that takes place homeworld of Cybertron. Neither the spinoff nor Transformers 8 have official release dates at this time.

Transformers 5 will have a screenplay by Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan. No writers or directors have been set for Transformers 6 and Transformers 7, though it sounds like the three now-dated movies are coming as their own trilogy. What do you think? Are you excited to get Transformers on an annual basis? Or is this too much, too fast?

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