Rick and Morty creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland debuted the first Season 4 clip during the Rick and Morty panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, and it includes a fantastic surprise: A new character who debuts in the footage is voiced by Thor Ragnarok and Thor 4 director Taika Waititi.
“He’s a new character, and he’s fun, and we’re excited to be able to introduce him to you here at Comic-Con, because there’s all kinds of merch and stuff,” Roiland joked before the clip played.
The official Rick and Morty Twitter account published the clip online as it aired during the panel, so you can watch it for yourself below.
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) July 19, 2019
In the clip, Jerry and Morty implore Waititi’s character, a pink fish-like alien, to take down an app, but he claims the controls are on his mothership. As Morty shakes him violently, a red light starts beeping in the new character’s pocket. Morty and Jerry dive for cover, but as they turn back, they realize Waititi’s character is trying to escape through a window. They grab him and fish into his pocket, where they pull out a smartphone with on “ominous beeping noise” app open.
A second clip (in unfinished animatic form) showed Rick and Morty leaving on an adventure–though not before Rick makes Jerry float through the air out of annoyance. “I wasn’t born into the god business,” Rick utters. “I f***ing earned it.”
Up in space, Rick and Morty get a flat tire on their ship (somehow). They get out to change the tire, and Morty gets bit by a “space snake”–to Rick’s chagrin.
The Rick and Morty Comic-Con panel included Harmon and Roiland, as well as Spencer Grammer (Summer), Chris Parnell (Jerry), and Sarah Chalke (Beth), and it was hosted by comedian and actor Rob Schrab, who also writes on the show.
There’s been a long gap between Seasons 3 and 4, but although Season 4 has yet to premiere, Schrab revealed that he’s already “working on Season 5.” Harmon and Roiland took the opportunity to explain some of what’s been going on, though not in very great detail.
“There was a lot of stuff that had to happen between Seasons 3 and 4 that won’t ever have to happen again,” Roiland explained.
“We’re just finishing Season 4 while we’re starting Season 5,” Harmon added, explaining that they could start airing Season 5 before Season 4 begins if they wanted to.
Earlier during Comic-Con the first Rick and Morty Season 4 images were released, while the show’s creators said the wait for new seasons won’t be so long in the future.
Schrab directed several questions at the cast members throughout the panel, asking Parnell why it’s so fun to watch Jerry fail constantly. “Jerry has an innate patheticness about him that I tap into really well,” Parnell joked. “He’s very easy to laugh at and to mock. He’s not a great human being. He doesn’t have a strong moral core. He does love his family, he tries, but he’s so misguided most of the time. He’s not the brightest guy.”
Speaking to Chalke, Schrab asked whether it’s hard to be so mean all the time as Beth. “She’s not mean,” Chalke replied. “She’s just correct. She’s just right.”
Morty’s sister, Summer, has changed a lot over the course of the series, which Schrab asked actress Spencer Grammer about. She said Summer’s role can sometimes change frequently throughout production. “The first episode [of Season 4], I’ve recorded her storyline about six times I think,” Grammer said. “It’s changed that much.” Specifically, the amount Summer is involved in the episode’s plot has oscillated. “I love watching her transition and grow and she has grown a lot over these years,” Grammer added.
She revealed her biggest guilty pleasure working on the show: listening to Dan Harmon do rough voiceover passes to fill in Summer’s dialogue before Grammer records it. “So I’ll have to listen to his temp and copy it directly, but like, it might be my most guilty pleasure, listening to Dan do Summer impressions,” the actress said.
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