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Steve Carell and Illumination troll Marvel Cinematic Universe with a parody Despicable Me 4 trailer

"100 years of Mega Minion stories released on an irregular basis, pending economic conditions and vibe shifts."

Steve Carell, the voice of Gru in the Despicable Me movies, has unveiled the “Megaverse”. The newly released Despicable Me 4 trailer features Carell introducing the Mega Minions in a planned universe where many movies and shows will expand the lore around the Mega Minions. Through the trailer, Illumination and Carell took a cheeky dig at the superhero franchise model from Marvel Cinematic Universe, which features loads of movies and shows that are interconnected and part of a main storyline that goes on for many years.

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Illumination took the joke a step further by revealing an official website where the planned timeline of movie releases and an official synopsis are listed. While the joke began with superhero movies and Marvel in particular, the quips expand to other movies as well, with clever nods to Star Wars, Jerry Maguire, James Bond, Mad Max, and more.

The official movie titles include Mega Minions Legacy, where the movie’s plot states that the heroes must return “after the Anti-Villain League’s quarterly earnings dramatically miss estimates.”

Another hilarious movie is simply slated as an Untitled Mega Minion Spin-off and its outlined plot suggests that the story will be “determined based on rigorous market testing and ad hoc decision-making.”

The movie names and the Megaverse announcement are clearly a parody, but it would be interesting to see some of these many movie ideas come to fruition.

Despicable Me 4 will have the super-powered Mega Minions at least, and the movie is slated for a release on July 3, 2024.

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