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Why Despicable Me 4 Blew Everyone Away At The Box Office

When the first “Despicable Me” came out in 2010, the cinema landscape was very different. Though the Marvel Cinematic Universe had yet to cement superheroes as the defining genre of the decade, it was curious that Illumination chose to mine their supervillain not from the traditions of Marvel and DC characters like Lex Luthor or Doctor Doom, but from the more adult super-spy tropes of the James Bond franchise. There were no alter-egos, iconic costumes, or superpowers — just evil lairs and delightfully obnoxious gadgets.

As the years went on and superheroes became more dominant, the “Despicable Me” franchise stuck to its guns, but it finally dipped into comic book territory with its latest installment. With the franchise’s original audience continuing to age and “No Time To Die” officially writing 007 off as a current cultural touch point, it was more important now than ever for “Despicable Me” to pivot slightly. So how did the people behind the “Despicable Me” franchise finally jump on the superhero bandwagon? Well, basically, they gave the Minions superpowers.

Using a secret serum, Silas Ramsbottom of the Anti-Villain League turns a group of regular Minions into the Megaminions, who are loosely based on Marvel’s Fantastic Four. “Their powers aren’t exactly the Fantastic Four, but one thing that I like as a comparison to that group is the Fantastic Four powers are slightly goofy,” co-director Chris Renaud told Entertainment Weekly. “The Invisible Woman, the fire guy, the rock guy, there’s something about it. It works great as a comic, but the visual and graphic sensibility of those powers really lent themselves to the Minions.”

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