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Despicable Me 4 is an animated superhero action comedy film and the fourth installment in the Despicable Me film series and the sixth overall in the Despicable Me franchise. The film was released on July 3, 2024.


Several months after stopping Balthazar Bratt (As depicted in Despicable Me 3 (2017), undercover Anti-Villain League (AVL) agent Felonious Gru attends a class reunion at his former high school Lycée Pas Bon where he reunites with Maxime Le Mal, a former classmate of his who has a feud with Gru for “stealing” his talent show act. During the ceremony Maxime reveals he has enhanced himself with cockroach body parts and Gru has him arrested by the AVL. Helped by his girlfriend Valentina, Maxime escapes prison and reveals his new invention, a gun that transforms people into cockroach hybrids, which he plans to use specifically on Gru's infant son Gru Jr., who despises his father.

Days later, Silas Ramsbottom visits the Gru household to inform them Maxime has escaped and the AVL will have to relocate the Gru family to a safe house in another town under new identities. Meanwhile, the Minions are taken in by the AVL, where Silas selects five of them to be augmented with super-powers under a new initiative called the Mega Minions, but the initiative is called off after the group causes great damage in a nearby city.

In their new well-off residential town, Gru and his family meet their new neighbors, the Prescotts, and their teenage daughter Poppy. Poppy, an aspiring villain, recognizes Gru from his former career as a villain and threatens to blow his cover unless he helps her to pull a heist to steal Lycée Pas Bon's honey badger mascot Lenny. Gru and Poppy successfully steal Lenny from the school, unaware that Lenny's collar contains a tracker. The school's principal Übelschlecht identifies Gru via security camera footage and contacts Maxime to inform him about Gru's whereabouts using Lenny's collar.

The next day, while Gru and Lucy are away at tennis practice, Principal Übelschlecht visits the safe house to interrogate the girls about Gru. Gru and Lucy rush back home after being alerted by Margo and they fight Übelschlecht. Lucy also signals the AVL who in turn call the Mega Minions out of retirement to stop Maxime. In the havoc, however, Gru Jr. leaves the house and is spotted by Maxime and Valentina who proceed to kidnap him.

With the help of Poppy, Gru meets up with Maxime at a nearby building where he reveals he has transformed Gru Jr. into a human-cockroach hybrid and fight him off. Gru's words to his son manage to break Gru Jr. free from his brainwashing and attacks Maxime instead. Maxime falls to the ground where he is further squashed by the Megaminions, who arrive in turn.

Gru and his family relocate back to their original home, where Dr. Nefario reverses Gru Jr.'s transformation. Sometime later, Gru visits Maxime in prison to talk and settle their differences. The pair then puts on a performance of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" at an AVL prison for the prisoners, featuring villains from the past.


A lot of characters throughout the franchise finally make their return in the film, such as Dr. Nefario, Marlena Gru, Vector, Mr. Perkins, and Fred McDade (from Despicable Me), El Macho (from Despicable Me 2), Balthazar Bratt and Dru Gru (from Despicable Me 3), an aged Scarlett and Herb Overkill (from Minions), and an elderly Belle Bottom, Nun-Chuck, Stronghold, Svengeance, and Jean Clawed (from Minions: The Rise of Gru).


Illumination's CEO Chris Meledandri said in September 2017 that a fourth Despicable Me film is in development.[1] On February 18, 2022, a release date was confirmed for July 3, 2024.


The first trailer[2] was released on January 28, 2024, during the 2023-24 NFL playoffs. A TV spot featuring the Minions creating AI generated images and laughing at them aired during the Super Bowl on February 11, 2024.

At a Toy Fair in 2024, toys for the film were revealed. Starting in April 2024, toys for the film were released.

On May 7, 2024, the second trailer was released.

On May 21, 2024 the final trailer[3] was released, but only in Japanese.

On June 13, 2024 a TV spot featuring the Mega Minions goofing around over some Popcorn in a cinema was released.

On June 14, 2024, the official Despicable Me account on X (formerly Twitter) posted a video of 7 Minions dressed as the members of K-pop boyband BTS dancing to one of their songs, hinting at a collaboration on June 21st.[4]

A Happy Meal for the film was released on June 25, 2024.


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Despicable Me
Released films
Despicable Me (2010) • Despicable Me 2 (2013) • Minions (2015) • Despicable Me 3 (2017) • Minions 2: The Rise of Gru (2022) • Despicable Me 4 (2024)
Upcoming films
Minions 3 (2027)
Short films
Minion Madness (Home MakeoverOrientation DayBanana) (2010) • (PuppyPanic in the MailroomTraining Wheels) (2013) • (Binky Nelson UnpacifiedCompetitionCro Minion) (2015) • Mower Minions (2016) • (The Secret Life of KyleYellow is the New Black) (2017 and 2018) • Santa's Little Helpers (2019) • Minion Scouts (2019) • (Minions and MonstersPost Modern Minions) (2021 and 2022) • Mooned (2023)