Similar to the way that Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private from the Madagascar series were popular enough to warrant their own TV show and solo movie, the Minions - the tiny, hilarious, impulsive, yellow, cylindrical henchmen that serve Gru - have seemed to surpass the popularity of both Despicable Me films to pave the way for their own movie, Minions.
The film's first trailer gave the basic premise for the story and showed the Minion's many attempts to find a powerful, despicable master to serve, failing at every turn - leading Kevin, Bob and Stuart to venture into the world in search of a leader. The second trailer was more revealing, though still a set up for the general concept, and took the Minions to "Villain Con," where they meet the much-adored, fan-favorite, super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). Now we have our first look at the Minion's upcoming solo mission (in the new trailer above).
The new trailer contains some familiar footage (albeit slightly expanded): The Minions scour the planet in search of a master only to cause their inevitable destruction each time - first a T-Rex, then Genghis Khan, then Napoleon and lastly Dracula - before finding themselves in Orlando and, as mentioned, serving Scarlet Overkill. Their first mission under new leadership? Steal Queen Elizabeth's crown.
Between the hilarious hijinks and not-so-convincing disguises, we get a chance to see more of the Minions in action than we have in previous trailers, as well some potential early clues to how (and why) they inevitably end up with Felonius Gru - a much nicer leader in comparison. There's also the obvious satirical parallel between Villain-Con and Comic-Con, with Scarlet Overkill cosplayers and auditoriums full of fans awaiting her appearance, as well as many British-themed gags we see in the trailer.
Based on what we've seen so far, Minions seems to have all the fun and excitement you would expect from an animated adventure with the added bonus of a bit of satire, hopefully resulting in a spinoff film that can stand on its own.
Minions hits theaters July 10th, 2015.