FEATURE: ‘Rick and Morty’ Creators Need To Make Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’

Sep 28, 2015


Marvel’s Phase Three has a lot of things up in the air, as the studio hasn’t announced too many creative people for their solo flicks. Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel have writers, while Inhumans and Black Panther don’t have creative teams, none have directors.

I’ve already mentioned a couple of people who I’d like to see make Captain Marvel, Panther, and Ragnarok, but I haven’t really mentioned too many names for Inhumans, and I think I’ve found who should get involved with the project.

Inhumans is being tagged as X-Men meets Game of Thrones, and they’re going to need a group of people who can really work with and build upon that source material. Mainly, because we’ve seen how Marvel has sort of wasted potential with their Thor franchise, and they really need to play-up the fantasy and science fiction side of these characters, like they did when they embraced Guardians of the Galaxy.


One creative team that I’d love to see tackle Inhumans is Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Harmon is best known for his time working alongside The Russo Brothers on Community, the duo went on to make Captain America: The Winter Solider, Captain America: Civil War, and the two Avengers: Infinity War movies. I think Harmon and Roiland could be just as effective to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Dan and Justin currently work together on the massively popular Adult Swim series Rick and Morty.

Marvel is now flirting with hiring comedy directors for their films, the track record includes the Russos, James Gunn, and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. It’s been a successful and profitable experiment, and I don’t think it’s going to end anytime soon. I could see them either writing, directing or both.

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In the last couple of days, I rushed through the two seasons of Rick and Morty, and I’m totally in love with the show, along with being shocked a studio hasn’t picked-up these guys for live-action films. The show is a huge mash-up of things like Back To The Future, Doctor Who, Star Trek/Wars, Sliders, and Galaxy Quest, making it a sci-fi nerd’s wet-dream.

It’s easily an example of how these two could really work within the cosmic universe started by James Gunn, and they obviously have enough original ideas that could only benefit Marvel, who don’t really have a lot of access to their cosmic characters.

Here’s just a window into the huge sprawling universe they’ve already created with science fiction comedy series Rick and Morty.




Inhumans might be set on Earth, and even the Moon, but moving it towards exploring the cosmic universe needs to happen, as the cosmic side allows for the scale these films need to be. Earthbound stories have their heroes, they need to go a bit more Star Wars with characters like these.

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Roiland/Harmon could help build upon what James Gunn started with Guardians of The Galaxy. They’re also creative enough that they could come-up with a bunch of different new villains, characters, and aliens, as Marvel is restricted to the comic book characters from the cosmic universe they can use for the films. The biggest attribute these two have is helping Marvel expand upon their cosmic universe to allow for it to be as big if not bigger than Star Wars.

Marvel is introducing the microverse with Ant-Man, and interdimensions in Doctor Strange, they could also help develop and mange/explore those worlds as well. The cinematic universe is going to get rather large soon, and Marvel needs to hire people like Justin and Dan to help out with making these films a bit more coherent and cohesive.


Adam McKay has been rumored for a while now as a possible writer/director Inhumans, but it remains to be seen if he’ll get hired or not, it’s more likely he’ll be asked to help write Ant-Man 2.

In a director capacity, I think it could work if Harmon/Roiland are just too busy with the Adult Swim series, and other projects. Then again, Inhumans isn’t due out until 2019, which would give the pair plenty of time to work on a script and finish-up multiple seasons of Rick and Morty.

Who would you like to see make Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’? 

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