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The Iconic Marvel Comics Reference You Likely Missed On Rick & Morty

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The world of adult animation has seen numerous hit shows over the past few decades, ranging from "The Simpsons" to "Family Guy." However, few have gripped small screen audiences quite like "Rick and Morty" from the creative duo of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The series premiered on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block back in 2013 and has since become nothing short of a television juggernaut as it revs up for its sixth season. Thankfully for fans, barring any unexpected occurrences, the show will extend far beyond that batch of episodes, too (via Inverse).

It's taken far more than dumb luck for "Rick and Morty" to reach the level of success that it has. One of its main draws is its wacky cast of characters, with the grandfather-grandson team of Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith (both played by Roiland) at the forefront, joined by supporting players like Squanchy (Tom Kenny), Birdperson (Harmon), and countless others. Not to mention, the series takes an interesting approach to storytelling and worldbuilding, often sending the characters across dimensions and to different realities to move the story along in unexpected ways.

Of course, the lynchpin of "Rick and Morty" is its humor, which manifests itself in various ways. In addition to one-liners and slow-burn gags, it has also effectively employed parody to get a laugh out of fans over the years. On one standout occasion, it put a twist on one of the most infamous Marvel Comics moments of all time.

Rick & Morty parodies a pivotal moment from House of M

Unsurprisingly, "Rick and Morty" has grown to become far more than just a cartoon. It has even overflowed into the world of print, specifically in the form of comic books, dating back to April of 2015. One storyline focused on Jerryboree: a daycare of sorts where Ricks from various timelines can drop off their respective Jerrys (Morty's father and Rick's son-in-law) in the midst of their adventures. This goofy albeit sad story element from Season 2's "Mortynight Run" took on a dark side inĀ "Rick and Morty Presents: Jerryboree" #1, when one of the Jerrys gains temporary omnipotence from a God Pill.

Now aware of the suffering his fellow Jerrys endure, he boldly declares, "No more Jerrys," and brutally kills several of those around him. For those unfamiliar, this is an incredibly on-the-nose reference to a famous panel from the 2005' Marvel Comics story, House of M. Fed up with her father Magneto's obsession with uniting mutantkind to crush humanity and the ways it negatively impacted her and her brother Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch mustered all of her power and stated, "No more mutants." As a result, mutants across the globe began losing their powers, changing the Marvel Universe as we know it.

"Rick and Morty" is no stranger to deep-cut Easter eggs, nor is it afraid of poking fun at popular culture. This instance just so happened to combine the two, doing so in the same media format as Marvel with a similar page layout to boot.