Despite a brief appearance in season four, Rick and Morty’s arch nemesis Evil Morty has yet to return to wreak more havoc on the dimension-hopping duo. Ahead of the Adult Swim’s continuation in season five, one perceptive fan has spotted some clues from Rick’s past which could explain the villain’s mysterious history.
Rick and Morty (both played by Justin Roiland) took down the Galactic Federation and faced a tough truth about Beth (Sarah Chalke) at the end of season four.
The popular cartoon comedy wrapped up its latest instalment in May, and viewers are currently waiting for co-creators Roiland and Dan Harmon to finish work on the confirmed season five.
Thankfully, production is well underway, and fans are optimistic the days of extended hiatuses between new episodes are behind them.
In the meantime, the fanbase is still reeling from the divisive anthology episode, Never Ricking Morty.
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During the not-so-dynamic duo’s battle against the Story Lord (Paul Giammati), Rick and Morty once again come face-to-face with their nemesis, Evil Morty.
Unfortunately, his brief cameo wasn’t considered canon, and the mastermind’s next steps after becoming President of the Citadel in season three have yet to be explored.
Fans are hopeful Morty’s dark twin will eventually make an appearance in season five, but the writers’ frequent disregard for overarching storylines has not instilled viewers with much hope.
In the meantime, some observant fans have proposed a wild theory which could finally explain where exactly Evil Morty came from.
In the first season, Rick reveals a number of alternate versions of himself from other dimensions teamed together to create a Council of Ricks, based within an interstellar metropolis known as the Citadel.
The show’s version of Rick, commonly known as Rick C-137, shows outward disdain for the idea, but he may well have spent some time there in the past.
If so, this Rick could have had another version of his hapless sidekick, who may have turned to the dark side when his grandpa abandoned him on the Citadel.
The fan went on: “It could be that he left his original Morty behind (who turns into Evil Morty, for revenge).”
Down in the comments, other fans seemed to agree with the idea, as it’s commonly believed Evil Morty may have originally been the companion of the show’s unhinged protagonist.
However, as one viewer argued: “I’m certain Evil Morty is his original Morty, but I doubt he was at the Citadel. It’s implied that he was away fighting the galactic government.”
Adult Swim have already shared the first look at Rick and Morty season five, so hopefully fans don’t have too long to wait to discover if Evil Morty makes his long-awaited return.
Rick and Morty Season 4 Part 1 is available to stream on Netflix.