For a long time, I’ve heard a lot of fan requests for a sequel to Dreamworks’ Megamind being thrown about the cybersphere, requests that Dreamworks ignored. Just about everything they’ve done EXCEPT Megamind has its own extension by now, whether it’s a sequel or a TV series. But now, finally, it sounds like they’re returning to the poor neglected bulbous blue dude and giving him another shot.
Megamind was originally the loser of a three-way race between Disney, Dreamworks and Illumination during the early 2010s, when all three premiered deconstructions of the Hero Vs Villain trope at the same time. All of them took the perspective of the Villain, but portrayed them as misunderstood, whether it was just their job (Wreck-It Ralph), they just needed some kids to hug (Despicable Me) or in the case of Megamind, they really were that bad but changed their mind once they got what they wanted and it wasn’t what they expected.
In 2022, Dreamworks announced a Megamind TV series was in development for Peacock called Megamind’s Guide to Defending Your City. The title has since been changed to Megamind Rules! and not only that, there will be a full second movie titled Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate. Both will premiere the same day! That’s a lot of Megamind to be dumped on us after fourteen years of nothing.
As one might expect, these direct-to-streaming productions don’t have the budget to hire Will Ferrell or Tina Fey as voice actors, so pretty much everyone famous has been replaced. Keith Ferguson (Robot Chicken, DuckTales) is the new Megamind and Laura Post (Lego Marvel Avengers: Code Red) is now playing Roxanne Ritchi,
The cast also includes Josh Brener (Silicon Valley, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Ol’ Chum, Maya Aoki Tuttle (Spidey and His Amazing Friends, Destiny 2) as Keiko Morita, Emily Tunon (Globos Negros) as Lady Doppler, Talon Warburton (Echo Base) as Lord Nighty-Knight, Scott Adsit (Big Hero 6, 30 Rock) as Pierre Pressure, Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, Presence) as Behemoth, Tony Hale (The Mysterious Benedict Society) as Mel/Mr. Donut, Jeanine Mason (Upload, Roswell, New Mexico) as Christino Christo, and Adam Lambert (American Idol, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again) as Machiavillain.
Will it all be worth the wait? We’ll find out in a month. The Megamind sequel and TV series premiere March 1 on Peacock.