Rick and Morty has been exploring a lot of ideas with the first half of the sixth season so far, but the series' newest episode took yet another shot at Marvel's growing cinematic universe of movies and Avengers: Endgame's big finale! The sixth season of the series kicked off with a surprising shout out to Avengers: Endgame and Iron Man's role in it as Rick pointed out that he and Morty's predicament in the premiere was much like Tony Stark's early in that movie. But it was far from the only reference to Marvel that the series made this season.
Rick and Morty has been calling out some major pop culture juggernauts with the first few episodes of the sixth season so far, and that continues in the latest episode when dinosaurs return to the Earth and call attention to how little the human race has evolved their planet since they left millions of years ago. As they question the humans about all of the new things they have created in that time, the dinosaurs in particular highlighted the fact that humans should just make more Marvel movies.
Rick and Morty's Season 6 episode "Juricksic Mort," sees the dinosaurs trying to take control of the Earth away from the humans to find out why they want to run their planet, and assert that they should be making more Marvel movies instead. They ask how many have been made so far (to which the United Nations responds that there's 29 with 14 more on the way), and realize that the humans "love" doing that and should be doing more to "finish rounding out this Ant-Man character."
Funny enough, the President argues against this by pointing out that if they had seen Avengers: Endgame, then they would know that the Earth wouldn't take an invasion lying down. It's not the most biting commentary about the Marvel Cinematic Universe the series has done, but there is an underlying message about wanting to use that material as an escape instead of trying to fix the Earth and its many problems.
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