Steve Carell Mocks Marvel Cinematic Universe in 'Despicable Me 4' MegaVerse Video
Universal Pictures

In a clever marketing move, Universal Pictures and Illumination have unleashed a hilarious promo, teasing an extensive 'MegaVerse' that draws comparison to MCU and other Hollywood big franchises.

AceShowbiz - Following in the footsteps of Marvel, Warner Bros. with their DC slate, and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars" properties, Universal has crafted a promotional clip that satirizes the often elaborate timelines and interconnected film universe reveals. The one-minute promo introduces viewers to what it dubs the "MegaVerse" with a tongue-in-cheek presentation of future projects.

Steve Carell, who voices Gru, leads the charge by showcasing the "MegaVerse" slate. He states, with a straight face, that the timeline encompasses "fifty interconnected Megaminions stories shared across a variety of mediums on an irregular basis across the next one hundred years."

"Mega minions are charting a course from the big screen to the small screen, from the future of the present to the present of the past," he added, clearly poking fun at the 20th Century Fox adaptations of the "X-Men" franchise that included "X-Men: Days of Future Past".

The slideshow in the promo humorously features titles like "Mega-Minions: Electric Gru-Galoo," "Mega-Minions: The Tax Write-Off," "Mega-Minions: Quantum of Soulless," "Mad Mega: Furry Road," and "Mega-Minions: Mega Musical On Ice," among others. The fun doesn't stop there - curious fans are invited to visit to explore the entire "slate", complete with detailed logos and synopses.

With Universal's marketing team clearly having a blast with this playful campaign, it sets the stage for "Despicable Me 4", which promises more hilarious and heartwarming adventures. This installment follows Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) as they, along with their daughters Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Madison Polan), welcome Gru Jr. into the family. The new addition appears to be bent on creating chaos for his dad.

Adding to Gru's troubles, he must also contend with a new adversary, Maxime Le Mal (played by Will Ferrell), and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina (Sofia Vergara). The villainous pair forces the family to go on the run, likely leading to more misadventures and laughs.

"Despicable Me 4" is set to hit theaters on July 3. Given the buzz generated by the "MegaVerse" promo, fans old and new are surely in for a treat when they finally get to see Gru and the Minions back in action.

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