- Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, reportedly considered hiring writers from "Rick and Morty" for MCU projects before the Writers Guild of America strike.
- A rumor suggests that Feige's affinity for the animated show led to discussions with "Rick and Morty" writers, despite earlier concerns about their involvement in the MCU.
- Writers like Michael Waldron, Jeff Loveness, and Jessica Gao transitioned from "Rick and Morty" to Marvel projects, with varying degrees of success and reception.
It comes as no secret that Kevin Feige is a big fan of Rick and Morty, one of the most popular adult animated shows in recent years. According to new information, Feige wanted to recruit more writers from the animated show to Marvel Studios to bring the same style of humor to the MCU.
According to a new rumor shared by reliable Hollywood insider MyTimeToShineHello, Feige was in talks with Rick and Morty writers before the Writers Guild of America strike to work on various MCU projects.
The leaker previously tweeted that Feige's addiction to the animated show was "destroying" the MCU. This prompted a user to comment that Marvel's boss learned his lesson since Michael Waldron and Jeff Loveness were removed from Avengers: Secret Wars and The Kang Dynasty.
MyTimeToShineHello added that it was a little too late for the MCU as Feige has already spoken to other writers from Rick and Morty to work for Marvel. The insider went on to add, "It's far from over." Michael Waldron, Jeff Loveness, and Jessica Gao were writers for Rick and Morty before being hired by Marvel.
True BUT, pre-strikes he was in talks with other Rick and Morty writers for other MCU projects. It's far from over https://t.co/sOZWKOKsA4
— MyTimeToShineHello (@MyTimeToShineH) September 6, 2023
Waldron is credited for writing one episode "The Old Man and the Seat" for Rick and Morty and produced several other episodes for the show. He was hired in 2019 by Marvel Studios as head writer for the Disney+ series Loki which got rave reviews. Waldron went on to write the script for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness which received a mixed reception from fans and critics.
Loveness wrote several episodes of Rick and Morty before being hired by Marvel to work on the latest installment of the Ant-Man trilogy. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania received criticism for the screenplay and departure from the tone that made the previous two movies successful. Ant-Man 3 is one of the few movies in the MCU that did not break even during its theatrical run.
Jessica Gao worked as a writer and story editor for the adult animated series and won a Primetime Emmy for the episode "Pickle Rick." She was hired as lead writer for the Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The show was quite controversial at times but received generally positive reviews.
Eric Martin, another of the writers for Rick and Morty, worked as lead writer for Loki Season 2. The second season of the popular Disney+ series is coming in October, so we'll have to reserve judgement on its quality until it premieres.
There were recent rumors that Loveness would no longer be working on Avengers: The Kang Dynasty while Waldron was dropped from Secret Wars. There is no official word from Marvel that the duo have been removed from their respective projects.
It is hard to say if Marvel made the right call in hiring writers from Rick and Morty or not. While only Ant-Man 3 was a flop among the projects that the writers worked on, Marvel does have a lot of more experienced writers in its stable to take on the task of working on the upcoming Avengers movies.
We will know if the rumors are true once the Writers' strike concludes. WGA members are prohibited from signing new contracts with the strike still in effect.