With characters such as Mr. Poopybutthole, an abundance of dick jokes and an alien-orifice orgy that used a genetically engineered hybrid of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler as a human sex toy, one might be forgiven for not noticing the levels of sci-fi complexity Rick and Morty has to offer.
Of course, the show's devoted fanbase is in on the secret, and it looks like those within the industry are just as appreciative of the genius that the oddball Adult Swim cartoon hides behind obscenity.
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When it comes to cinema's big players, Kevin Feige is just about as big as it gets. Arguably the person most responsible for the multi-billion success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige knew just the person to call when needing some outside input on the magical, multidimensional world of Doctor Strange: Dan Harmon.
The Marvel Studios president approached Rick and Morty co-creator Harmon for some valuable feedback, but rather than injecting catchphrases or discussing how best to break the fourth wall, Feige wanted feedback on the sci-fi elements of the film. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said:
"We are all big fans of his work, clearly. We're also fans of his cartoon Rick & Morty, which is about, of course, humor, but I would argue that any given episode of that show has an unbelievably amazing sci-fi concept that could be its own movie.
So, really, we just wanted him to watch the movie, and talk to us about it, and give us his opinions on the sci-fi concepts. That was as important to us as any humor that he could add to the movie."
Stranger Things Have Happened
It is no doubt a compliment, but fans of the show won't be surprised to hear it. Harmon and co-creator Justin Roiland have created a show that effortlessly ebbs between serious concepts such as existentialism, parallel universes and the morality of life as easily as the lead characters hop between galaxies. All the while retaining a self-aware, self-mocking and pleasingly juvenile sense of fun.
In a similar vein, Doctor Strange is Marvel's exploration into the realm of magic. Early reviews are suggesting a visually striking, Inception-esque (but not as confusing) spectacular, opening up portals to the multiverse in the MCU. Considering the movie is without a doubt a step outside of the Avengers shaped comfort zone, consulting with Harmon is a shrewd move.
Harmon also worked with director's Anthony Russo and Joseph Russo on hit TV comedy, Community. Feige will be hoping his consultation with Harmon will be as rewarding as the partnership with the Russo brothers, who have directed successful MCU offerings Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War.
Can We Have A Crossover?
Considering the expansive concept of both shows, plus Feige's obvious admiration of Harmon, would it be too much to petition for a crossover? I'd happily take a Marvel special in Rick and Morty Season 3, or maybe a post-credit scene where Rick, Morty and Stephen Strange suddenly appears in the middle of an Avengers meeting.
Either way, it's exciting to see the Adult Swim cartoon receive the recognition it deserves. Although seemingly niche, its fanbase is constantly growing, as is its impact on popular culture; let's not forget, the show has already entered the DCEU, played on a monitor in the Flash's den in the Justice League trailer.
Next stop for the unlikely duo: Defeating Thanos. Wubba lubba dub dub!
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)