Fans still don't know when Season 4 of Rick and Morty will arrive, but the guarantee that it will continue to air well into the foreseeable future has soothed its more rabid fanbase for the time being. That said, Adult Swim may have poked the bear with their latest video, which features the duo and other iconic characters from the show in an anime style. This totally badass video will certainly make the wait for new episodes just a bit harder for casual fans, and might inspire the more passionate fans to boycott corporate America all over again:
There's a lot to love for anime and Rick and Morty fans in the video, which is jam-packed with Easter eggs that are both subtle and blatant. The easiest one to spot is Morty's giant arm, which he had temporarily in the Season 3 episode "Rickmancing The Stone." The two are battling the Cromulons from Season 2's "Get Schwifty," who apparently have teamed up with Snuffles from the Season 1 episode "Lawnmower Dog." Rick and Morty aren't battling these evil foes completely alone, as Summer and possibly Beth are spotted in hero outfits, and Squanchy is in his hulked-out form "squanching," everything in his path.
As for references unrelated to the show, some have thought the entire intro is inspired by the 90s animated series X-Men, while others have thought it was more similar to older cartoons like Masters of the Universe. Rick's color scheme underneath his lab coat does look somewhat similar to Skeletor's duds, and that visor certainly does bear a resemblance to the mutant Cyclops. It's harder to tell what Morty's outfit is inspired by, as he just looks like the typical spandex-wearing superhero who spends too much time in the gym.
Fans have been speculating on the video's meaning ever since it popped up on social media, with some thinking this is a tease for an anime episode of Rick and Morty. After all, the show has established that there are a near infinite number of dimensions that contain Ricks and Mortys, so it'd be silly to think there isn't an anime form of the duo. Fans shouldn't get too excited with their speculation, however, as Adult Swim frequently promotes its shows in unique art styles. It's more likely than not this is just a fun animation released to help promote the show, and get fans all riled up about Rick and Morty while the show is still in the offseason.
Rick and Morty Season 4 is coming, and CinemaBlend will keep an ear to the ground to listen for when it may arrive. For a look at what else is happing on television in the meantime, be sure to check out our summer and fall premiere guides. For more on Rick and Morty, be sure to check out our What We Know So Far guide for Season 4!