Rick & Morty Season 7’s Reference To 41-Year-Old Obscure Marvel Comic Oddly Betrays A Season 6 Rick Gag

Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Rick and Morty season 7, episode 9!


  • Rick and Morty episode 9 hilariously references a Marvel comic storyline, but it contradicts a joke from season 6.
  • Despite its inconsistency, Rick and Morty often brings back past storylines, creating a consistent narrative.
  • Rick’s reference to a weird Marvel comic raises questions about his knowledge of the MCU, making previous jokes confusing.

Rick and Morty season 7, episode 9 features an obscure reference to a 41-year-old Marvel comic, but this weird joke oddly betrays a season 6 gag. Rick and Morty may not be known for being the most concerned with its overarching story, but the series has been known to be consistent, with it bringing back storylines from seasons prior in minor ways. However, one funny Marvel reference came at the expense of this consistency, kneecapping a joke from Rick and Morty season 6.

Rick and Morty season 7 is finally here, with the highly-anticipated continuation of Adult Swim’s beloved animated sci-fi series now releasing. Season 7 has been a pretty wild ride so far, with the newest batch of episodes bringing back the classic one-off adventure formula while also wrapping up Rick and Morty‘s overarching Rick Prime storyline. In between season 7’s high-concept sci-fi, Rick and Morty has managed to squeeze in some references, including this obscure Marvel detail.

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Rick’s Spider-Man Joke References One Of Marvel’s Weirdest Comic Book Storylines

Rick and Morty season 7, episode 9 is pretty weird, as it features Rick and Morty traveling to Valhalla, the Norse afterlife. In order to con the people of Valhalla, Rick claims that he is the Norse god Odin, with him using his technology to pull off this facade. While explaining who he is, Rick explains that he is also the father of Thor, which makes sense, but he also confusingly says that he is the uncle of Spider-Man.

Obviously, Spider-Man isn’t part of Norse mythology, with this line rather referencing one of Marvel’s weirdest comic book storylines. The What If? comic series explores bizarre alternate realities, and the storyline “What If Odin were Peter Parker’s Uncle?” does just that. In the issue, Odin marries Aunt May, making him Spider-Man’s uncle, with this clearly being what Rick was referencing.

Rick & Morty Season 7’s Spider-Man Line Contradicts Rick’s Season 6 MCU Gag

Rick and Morty season 7, episode 9’s Spider-Man line is funny, but it does contradict Rick’s season 6 MCU gag. Rick and Morty season 6 featured several MCU gags, with them most often focusing on the fact that Rick doesn’t know the names of characters from the franchise. Rick makes references to Iron Man and Rocket Raccoon, although he purportedly doesn’t know their names.

Rick being aware of this obscure Marvel comic calls into question the fact that Rick wouldn’t be aware of Iron Man or some of Marvel’s other most popular heroes. It could be that Rick is simply lying to be cool, which is a theory many fans ran with back in season 6. However, this reference undeniably makes the season 6 gag more confusing, muddying the waters of Rick and Morty‘s MCU jokes.

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    Rick and Morty is an adventure/Sci-Fi animated series that follows the intergalactic, inter-dimensional adventures of super-genius Rick Sanchez and his less-than-average grandson Morty Smith. Rick’s daughter, Beth, his granddaughter, Summer, and his hated stepson, Jerry, also take center stage more often than not. Hailing from creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, the series blends comedy with science fiction as a way of exploring a wide variety of themes aimed at an adult audience.

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