Back in 2019, Sonny Bunch wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post entitled “Environmentalists make good movie villains because they want to make your real life worse.” The piece focused on Thanos, the Malthusian villain of the Avengers films, but Bunch provides other examples, and more have emerged in the two and a half years since.
The latest is found in the recent episode of “Rick and Morty,” titled “A Rickconvenient Mort” as the show’s writers self-consciously adopted the same motivations for the superhero “Planetina.” As usual, the show takes the trope to the next level.
Planetina (voiced by Alison Brie) is based heavily on the ‘90s cartoon hero Captain Planet. Summoned into being by an ethnically diverse group of teenagers wearing magic rings, Planetina uses her superpowers to save the Earth from polluters. She also happens to be a hot green chick with whom Morty instantly falls in love.
Like Captain Planet, Planetina is grounded in a form