Adult Swim Announces Rick and Morty Spinoff: The Vindicators

A couple of years ago, Adult Swim renewed its sci-fi animated series Rick and Morty for a ton of episodes: 7 seasons worth. The show has exploded in popularity in the last several years, and it looks as though the network is going to add to the universe: It’s ordered a new, digital spinoff series called The Vindicators, about a group of misfit superheroes that were introduced back in season three.

The series is one of four such spinoffs that Adult Swim ordered that focus on the side characters from other hit shows. The Vindicators will be accompanied by Alabama Jackson (to be led by Donald Faison’s character from Robot Chicken), Aquadonk Side Pieces (a continuation of Aqua Teen Hunger Force), and Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell: The Animated Series, a workplace comedy set in Hell.

The shows are described as short-form projects consisting of eight-to-ten episodes, available across global digital platforms. They are expected to debut sometime later in 2021 or 2022.

The Vindicators popped up in Rick and Morty‘s third season episode “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender,” in which the show’s titular characters are summoned to help stop their arch nemesis. In the episode, we learn that the Vindicators have been brought in before, but Rick’s abrasive personality put them off. Rick ends up going on a bender and sets out to prove that they’re not really as great at saving the world as they think they are, and ends up killing most of them—leaving only two survivors, Supernova, and their intern, Noob-Noob.

Former members included Vance Maximus (a charismatic Tony Stark-like frontman), Alan Rails (a man who can summon ghost trains), Crocubot (a cybernetic crocodile), Million Ants (a creature formed entirely of ants), Lady Katana (a katana-wielding cyborg), Calypso (a sorceress), and Diablo Verde (some sort of demon).

Adult Swim notes that the series will feature most of those characters, so presumably, this will be set prior to their untimely ends. We’ll find out when it premieres.

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