Adult Swim is making an aggressive push to deliver fans more deranged animation. Just a week after giving the green light to one-off movie sequels for The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Metalocalypse, the company announced on Wednesday plans for several spinoff series to its popular programming. That includes the first-ever expansion of Rick and Morty.
Produced by Rick and Morty’s Erica Rosbe, Sarah Carbiener, Dan Harmon, and Justin Roiland, The Vindicators picks up with the knockoff Avengers/Justice League supergroup first introduced in the season 3 episode “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender.” A logline promises that Supernova, Vance Maxiumus, Alan Rails, Crocubot, and Noob Noob will “fight crime, avert genocides, and yuk it up without Rick and Morty.”
“We are thrilled to work in the Rick and Morty universe again, and these shorts are an incredible opportunity to explore what happens in the aftermath of the Vindicators saving (or destroying) worlds,” said Carbiener and Rosbe in a statement. “We’re so excited to show how this team of superheroes is plenty dysfunctional whether Rick’s around to have half of them murdered or not.”
Other planned shows include Alabama Jackson, a Robot Chicken spinoff of Donald Faison’s “smooth-talking time traveler who lands in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time, every time.” Aquadonk Side Pieces will follow the lives of Aqua Teen Hunger Force side characters like The Mooninites, The Plutonians, MC Pee Pants, The Frat Aliens, Happy Time Harry, Handbanana, and The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past to see what happened after the events of the series. Casper Kelly and Dave Willis’ bizarre, Hell-set sitcom Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell will somehow get even weirder in a new animated series.
Adult Swim has set the shows, which will comprise of 8-10 episodes, for digital platforms and a global release. With their current stock of outlets, that could mean AdultSwim.com, HBO Max, social media, or beyond. As for when we’ll see them, a news release promises the first premiere in 2021 with subsequent shows rolling out in 2022.