Following a couple of previously-released sneak peek images, the first look footage from Season 4 of Rick and Morty has finally been revealed. The unveiling of the video clip came during the show's official panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and the footage was also posted to the series' Twitter account. Also revealed at the event was how Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi was going to voice a character in the new season, and it's believed to be the alien named Glootie shown in the first look footage. You can take a look at it below.
In the clip released in honor of San Diego Comic-Con, , Morty and his dad Jerry appear to be celebrating a "Launch Day" with an alien named Glootie. Jerry tells Glootie to "take down the app," and the alien replies that he can't as he's "just an intern." This causes a distressed Morty to begin trashing the room with a tennis racket, as the boy and his father further demand Glootie take this mysterious app off the server. The alien then starts beeping wildly, as if a self-destruct sequence has been activated, but this turns out to be nothing more than an "ominous beeping app." Because the scene is taken out of context, all we can do for now is speculate what all of this is about.
At the SDCC panel, series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland also confirmed the series was renewed for a fifth season ahead of its Season 4 premiere. It was also stressed that the wait between seasons will not be nearly as long as it's currently been between Seasons 3 and 4. The upcoming fourth season will consist of 10 episodes, as did the prior seasons, so it stands to reason Season 5 will continue with this same format. Previously, the network put in an order for 70 new episodes of Rick and Morty, though it wasn't clear at the time how many seasons it would take for all of them to play out.
Originally conceived as a parody of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty follows a cynical mad scientist and his timid grandson as they go on insane misadventures throughout both space and time. Since its inception, the series has evolved to be a tremendous hit on Adult Swim, and among its many awards includes a 2018 win at the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Series. The setup of the series allows for virtually no end to the creative possibilities for where the duo could wind up going next, and its creators envision the animated series going on for many years to come.
We haven't seen a new episode of Rick and Morty since all the way back in October 2017, which is really insane to think about. The show is clearly popular with viewers and a hit with critics, but we're looking at a gap of about two years between seasons. Fortunately, the wait will finally come to an end this November when the series returns to Adult Swim. Details about the Rick and Morty SDCC panel come to us from IGN, and the first look footage comes from Rick and Morty on Twitter.