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While trying to figure out how to deal with these sperm monsters, the President (Keith David) says that he’s sending his best men to help Rick. When Summer (Spencer Grammer) corrects him to say men and women, the President snaps back that they don’t need a “kickboxing lady” to defeat the bad guy. Later in the episode it’s revealed that the Sperm Queen who’s pulling all the strings is none other than a kickboxing lady. Because they don’t have a kickboxing lady of their own, no one can defeat her.

The action genre’s underpowered lone lady trope is one that’s been mocked often. But no franchise is as guilty of it as Marvel, a cinematic universe that routinely equips its men with super suits and superpowers yet for years limited its lone female hero to cool flips. Adding to the argument that Rick and Morty is probably calling out Marvel is a throwaway joke from Beth (Sarah Chalke).

At the beginning of the episode, Beth says, “OK, let’s go see the latest piece of Marvel shit.” That’s a pretty clear slam. There’s also series co-creator Dan Harmon’s  well-documented hatred of Marvel to consider. What was “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender” other than a long middle finger to superhero movies? Also, in Community‘s finale Jeff (Joel McHale) lamented, “I want to have an opinion about those boring-ass Marvel movies. And I want those opinions to be of any concern to the people making them” while yearning to go back to a younger stage of his life.

Bottom line? Harmon is not a fan of Marvel, and it seems convenient that Rick and Morty made this joke the same weekend that Black Widow premiered.

Source: NYPOST

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