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25th Mar 2023

Rick and Morty has finally explained the origin of its opening credits Cthulhu baby

Stephen Porzio

Rick and Morty

In keeping with the show, the explanation is quite meta.

Since the smash hit sci-fi animation’s first season all the way back in 2013, Rick and Morty’s opening credits have included a sequence in which a large Cthulhu-like creature chases the show’s characters Rick, Morty and Summer.

In the intro – which can be watched below – Summer is holding what appears to be a baby version of the creature.

For years, fans of the series have wondered if it would ever be explained how the Smith family found themselves in such a scenario. Now, however, that day has arrived.

As reported by Screenrant, the details come via the Rick and Morty comic Rick and Morty vs Cthulhu #4 and, as can be expected for the show, they are quite meta.

Basically, the outlet states that the comic depicts a battle between the Rick and Morty franchise and the Cthulhu Mythos, which famously originated in the works of American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft.

In the comic, Rick lays out how the Cthulhu Mythos is always aiming to infect other media properties in a bid to stay relevant culturally. In keeping with this, the issue concludes with Morty impregnated with the ‘Star Seed’ of Cthulhu’s daughter named Cthylla (Cathy for short).

As it turns out, Cathy was sent to impregnate Morty as a way to birth the Mythos into Rick and Morty’s continuity, thus ensuring more crossover stories between the two.

Screenrant reports that in the comic’s epilogue, readers get to witness the Cthulhu chase from the TV series opening credits, with the Grandfather Cthulhu chasing Rick, Morty and Summer in an effort to claim Marty’s monstrous offspring.

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