Rick & Morty Kills Marvel Villain Before MCU Can Use Him
A recent episode of Rick and Morty killed off a being resembling Marvel Comics’ Galactus, who is anticipated to be introduced in the MCU’s Phase 4.
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Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Rick and Morty season 5, episode 5, “Amortycan Grickfitti.”
A recent episode of Rick and Morty season 5 killed off a being resembling Galactus; a classic Marvel Comics villain who is expected to make his MCU debut sometime during Phase 4. Known as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus is one of the most fearsome and powerful beings in Marvel Comics’ cosmology. He is also a frequent target of humor and parody, given that this all-powerful being manifests in the form of a giant man in intricate purple armor.
The Rick and Morty episode “Amortycan Grickfitti” centered around Morty and Summer’s efforts to impress Bruce Chutback, a cool new student who had just started attending their high school. Seemingly disinterested in everything, the one thing in the Smith house that intrigued Bruce Chutback was Rick’s flying saucer. This led to Summer and Morty stealing the vehicle and going for a joyride in deep space, after seemingly convincing the spaceship’s artificial intelligence that Rick was in danger.
Naturally, the AI wasn’t really fooled by so childish a ruse, but it played along with Summer and Morty’s American Graffiti-inspired teen movie scheme for a time, before revealing that it intended to, “Do whatever I want, because now I can blame the rest of the night on you.” What the ship wanted to do was go fishing for celestial giants by towing an entire solar system behind it. While the color scheme of the being they hooked was completely different, the design was reminiscent of Marvel Comics’ Galactus, with his infamous handle-bar helmet. Once the solar system was devoured, the ship shot the cosmic being in the back of the head and went on its way, its blood-lust seemingly satisfied.
Originally introduced as a villain for the Fantastic Four to fight, Galactus is also one of Marvel Comics’ most misunderstood characters, being an integral and indefinable part of the cosmic balance. Galactus is not truly evil and usually employs a herald (like the Silver Surfer) to help him find worlds unpopulated by sentient life that may satisfy his endless hunger, lest he needlessly destroy whole civilizations. If push comes to shove, however, Galactus will feast on populated planets and he has menaced the Earth several times in the course of his long life. Yet he has also stood beside the heroes of the Marvel Universe to face threats that would destroy all reality.
This is not the first time that Rick and Morty season 5 has made reference to a Marvel Comics character who has yet to be introduced into the MCU. The season 5 premiere, “Mort Dinner Rick Andre,” introduced a character named Mr. Nimbus, who was identified as Rick’s nemesis. Clad in a speedo and said to be the ruler of a vast undersea kingdom, Mr. Nimbus was a clear parody of Namor, The Sub-Mariner; another Marvel Comics villain who is expected to be introduced into the MCU sometime soon.