The Animated Films are movies that take place after the events of Season 2. All of them contain 44 minutes, with the exception of Team Turbo Fusion Tek, which has 66 minutes, being the largest film of the series released so far.
In 2015, after the second season ended, Mattel didn't released any information about the future of the Max Steel franchise. Despite that, a fan asked to Sam Vincent (Steel's voice actor) if new episodes were coming, and he revealed that there were new 44 min. specials coming, but not a full third season.Months later, the movie Dawn of Morphos unexpectedly aired on Cartoon Network for the entire Latin America. Days later, Mattel confirmed its 2015 content, revealing threenewmovies for the franchise. The movies first aired on Latin America and months later on Europe by CITV.
In 2016, before the movies were confirmed by Mattel, Sam Vincent confirmed on his Twitter account that few animated films were on the way. In the beginning of October, Mattel's 2016 content was released, and Team Turbo and Team Turbo Fusion Tek were confirmed. The first movie was released in March 18 by Cartoon Network on Brazil and in the next day, on other places of Latin America. The sequel aired first on Europe by CITV and few days later on Cartoon Network.
In the mid of October of the same year, it was confirmed that Max Steel would get two new specials, later revealed to be Turbo-Charged and Turbo Warriors. Both were revealed at MIPCOM alongside with Mattel's 2017 content. Turbo-Charged was initially set to be released in March 4 and March 15 on Brazil and Latin America, respectively, but they didn't aired by unknown reasons. The film later on aired on March 18.
Makino, the lord of the Ultralinks and devourer of worlds, was defeated by Max Steel. However, through a pre-recorded message, the Ultralinks are in a race for Makino's unit and inherit his power. Max and Steel enter the competition, though that later Steel discovers that everything has been a trap to get a new host to Makino, Max wins the competition, making resurface more powerful than ever with Makino. Without Max, the world's salvation depends on his friend Steel and his father Jim McGrath, with the support of N-Tek.
This time, Max Steel will have to face the mutant Morphos, an enemy able to mimic the powers of his opponent. The Morphos project was developed years ago by N-Tek as the last hope to confront Makino. Now Dread has brought to life the project using its own DNA, creating a monster that seeks the reason for its existence and destroy everything in its path. While everything seems to go wrong for Max and Steel in the way, they discover more about their power, and thanks to Max's father, the duo have an impressive strategy to defeat the villain.
When Miles Dread tried to destroyed his own creation, Morphos, he suddenly returns, with only one goal: to get every abilities of Miles Dread's enemies ... Including Max Steel! Now, Max must team-up with the other villains, though that he keep in mind that once Morphos is defeated, they will try to defeat Max! Fortunately, Max has the most powerful mode yet, the Turbo Exo Strength Mode!
Note: Both films take place two years after the events of Maximum Morphos.
Max and Steel face their biggest mission yet when a new enemy named Professor Mortum arises. The villain wants to get the revolutionary Connect-Tek, and to do so, he allies with Max's most powerful enemies: Extroyer, Toxzon and the Elementors. With N-Tek out of the picture and Copper Canyon on havoc, Max and Steel decide they cannot save the day on their own, and Team Turbo is created. Consisting in five members, La Fiera, Tempestra, C.Y.T.R.O. and Max and Steel themselves, they must defeat Mortum's allies and save N-Tek before the Connect-Tek falls in the wrong hands.
When Mortum escapes with the Connect-Tek, he mutates into a robot zombie with the intent of absorbing all the brainwaves of the humanity. Planning on conquering the whole Earth by infecting the humanity with his highly contagious techno-virus, he will become their ultimate overlord. When Mortum infects Max's new friends, Rayne, Alex and C.Y.T.R.O., with his virus, Max and Steel must stop the villain and their own friends before it is too late.
To prevent Lord Nexus' minion, Terrorax, from taking over the world alongside with his technologic super villain league, Max and his Team Turbo must control a completely new level of T.U.R.B.O. Energy never seen before. However, after Terrorax manages to create his own version of Max's energy named Terror Energy, his own team of twisted villains and plans on permanently deactivating technology from humanity, Max and his team must act swiftly to stop the villain.
Terrorax has returned and with his strongest weapon: the Pantheon. With the help of the Elementors and Team Terror, he plans on deactivating the technology on Copper Canyon and force innocent citizens to join him in the Nexus legion. After Tempestra and C.Y.T.R.O. are captured and La Fiera is transformed into a bionic panther, Max Steel must go Turbo to the max in order to take down Terrorax and save the city he's sworn to protect.
The ending theme of the films are a remixed version of the Season 2 opening.
Ironically, the films released in 2015, were equivalent to a Season 3, since there were three movies.
Supposedly, a film named The Mantle of Makino was being produced during August of 2014, which would mark again the return of Makino. However, it is still unknown if the movie was cancelled, fake or was confused with The Wrath of Makino, or it was an idea for an episode that was scrapped.
In Europe, the channel Itv divided each movie into two episodes containing 22 minutes, which could be considered a Season 3.
Some parts of Team Turbo Fusion Tek were censored by some channels.