Despicable Me is now one of the most successful franchises of all time. With its over $3.528 billion gross, it has passed the Shrek franchise, which pulled in $3.51 billion with its five films. Surely this means we will be seeing more of Gru and company. Surely, you would be correct. Despicable Me 4 is on the way.
THE PLAN FOR DESPICABLE ME 4
We’re so early in the process for Despicable Me 4 that nothing is known for sure about the plot or who will even return to the voice cast.
You can bet, though, that Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig will return to their respective roles.
Another of the voice cast, actress Miranda Cosgrove, who voices Margo, did toss in her thoughts on where a possible Despicable Me 4 could go with their story saying: “I think it would be so cool if all three of the girls were like Gru and they took on some of his super-villainy! I think that would be cool,” she said via TheCinemaholic.
You may also expect Dana Gaier as Edith; Nev Scharrel as Agnes; Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom; Julie Andrews as Marlena to rejoin the voice cast as well as Pierre Coffin who is sort of the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the franchise with directing the three films as well as voicing all the minions including the fan favorites Kevin, Mel, Stuart, and Bob.
Of course, the Minions will play a big part in all the Despicable Me 4 shenanigans. They play such a big part that they also got a couple movies of their own to help add to the Despicable Me haul. Minions was released in 2015 to huge numbers and the forthcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru is scheduled to drop in July of 2021.
DESPICABLE ME 4’S RELEASE DATE
With all these big numbers, there certainly must also be a Despicable Me 4 in the works. Yes, there is. Back in 2017, Illumination CEO made that point clear when he announced that a Despicable Me 4 is already in development. With the COVID pandemic constantly pushing things back, and with the new Minions not premiering until 2022, don’t expect Despicable Me 4 to be at the movie theaters until at least 2023 at the earliest. Currently, 2024 is possible.
THE FRANCHISE SO FAR
Obviously there were high hopes when Illumination and Universal took on Sergio Pablos’ creation. The result, well the first one, was the highly successful and fun Despicable Me that cast Steve Carell as the voice of the evil but loveable Gru. He was mean, he was despicable, and he was bent on taking over the world. He was joined by Dr. Nefarious and the always in trouble minions. But then three things happened to Gru all at once: Margo, Edith, and Agnes. And now his family has grown even bigger, and will likely grow even bigger in Despicable Me 4.
In the original movie, Gru took on the role of adoptive father not because he cared for the sisters but because he wanted to use them for nefarious reasons. Unfortunately for Gru and his plans to dominate the world as the number one supervillain, the girls began to grow on him. Enough to where he started to change into what he loathed. A good person. It worked.
The second movie in the franchise saw Gru give up his life of crime and becoming a member of the Anti-Villain League (AVL) where he can use his knowledge of how criminals think to better catch said criminals. In this story, he is helping track a criminal with the assistance of Lucy Wilde (voiced by Kristen Wiig). Of course, Wilde becomes Gru’s love interest and they all move on to the third movie in the franchise.
The third movie follows Gru, the kids, and Lucy as both Gru and Lucy lose their jobs at the AVL for their inability to capture Balthazar Bratt. Gru also finds out that he has a twin brother, Dru, who also has a past as a criminal. The two team up to take on Bratt with the brothers eventually winning that battle. But the job lures Dru back to a life of crime, where he steals Gru’s aircraft, slaps a “D” on it for good measure, and flies off into the unknown. Both Gru and Lucy, having been reinstated to the AVL, decide to give Dru a five-minute head start before they go on the chase.
And that brings you up to speed for Despicable Me 4.