Rick & Morty Season 4 First Look Images Parody Gladiator

It's been almost two years since the last Rick and Morty episode aired, and at long last there are two images that have emerged from the upcoming fourth season of the hit animated series. The new season isn't slated to start until November, and Adult Swim's presentation doesn't take place until Friday at San Diego Comic-Con for the show's panel when series co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon (who are also the respective voices of Rick and Morty), take to the stage. Finally, fans have their first glimpses of what kinds of adventures for the titular heroes might expect.

While the series had been at an all-time high in its ratings in season 3, it would take nearly six months for Adult Swim to announce that it had picked up the series for an additional 70 episodes. Given that the existing three seasons consisted of a total of 31 episodes so far to date, it could mean as many as seven additional seasons. Fans have been thrilled at the prospect, with the number of episodes filling their imaginations at what kind of film and television parodies might be spun into Rick and Morty's multiverse.

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Now EW has released a pair of images from upcoming and as of yet untitled episodes. The first has mad scientist Rick Sanchez taking a stroll through an idyllic field, while running his hands over plants, which look enough like wheat to be reminiscent of Russel Crowe's ill-fated Roman General Maximus Meridius from Ridley Scott's Gladiator. The other image shows Rick surrounded by what appears to be evolved versions of The Vindicator's now-deceased Crocubot.

Rick and Morty season 4 Gladiator parody
Rick and Morty Season 4 Crocubot

The two new Rick and Morty season 4 images promise a mix of sci-fi action and cinematic parody, as viewers have come to expect from the show. Of course, they don't reveal much more about the plots of the upcoming episodes beyond giving a taste of those aforementioned locations and characters. Hopefully, more info will come with the expected trailer during the show's SDCC 2019 panel.

The series' fans are legion, with even Captain America himself, actor Chris Evans having been known to tweet about his love for the show. Between riffing on existing films and coming up with original mind-bending stories, the series has already received multiple awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. With news about the upcoming season coming out at a snail's pace, any tidbits are grabbed onto. Excitement has already been building towards this week's panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Now armed with some images to spur on the long-waiting fans, there's certain to be a packed house when Harmon and Roiland as well as the talent behind the voices of the rest of the Smith family, actors Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, and Chris Parnell take to the stage and we finally get to find out which of our favorite fan-theories are actually true.

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Rick and Morty season 4 will premiere on Comedy Central in November of 2019

Source: EW

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