What better way to usher in Independence Day weekend than by sitting through 90-minutes of Minions babbling incoherently?
That’s a question Universal has poised to audiences with a new press release, which confirms the Minions sequel will be released in 2020 during the July 4th weekend. Minions are, of course, the yellow, gibberish-speaking helpers who were first introduced in Despicable Me back in 2010. The army of workers helped good-hearted villain Gru (Steve Carell) work on all of his death contraptions and inevitably looked after his three adopted daughters part-time.
Although the existence of Minions has become rather controversial, with dozens of Tumblr, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and Reddit pages set up to simply acknowledge and discuss the awfulness of the creature, children seem to like the cartoonish humor. When the first stand-alone Minions movie came out in 2015, following Despicable Me 2 in 2013, it grossed more than $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. From that perspective, it’s understandable that Universal would want to move ahead with a follow-up film, and use a popular, family-filled weekend like Independence Day to do so.
For those who simply can’t wait three more years to set their eyes on new Minions moments, Universal will release the third installment in the Despicable Me franchise this year. Ironically, however, the first trailer for the movie was devoid of any Minions, save for a final moment. Although, considering how important the Minions are to the series, fans should rest assure they’ll be back in full form.
Despicable Me 3 will be released on June 30.