MoDaD wrote:marklungo wrote:...we might assume that either Morbulus hasn't heard of Viper, or underestimates how dangerous he is.
When he's in Dr. Viper's Swamp Tree-house, Morbulus does have this line of dialog:So, this is the secret lab of the legendary Dr. Viper.
So, Morbulus knows about him, and that "legendary" doesn't sound sarcastic to me. It's used in the scene to try to flatter Viper, probably in a (futile) attempt to keep from getting harmed. And, it's a subtle use of exposition to give Viper a little bit of gravitas in the audience's eyes, too. Though, after going over this episode in the podcast, it would not have surprised me if in that scene Dr. Viper had outright said something along the lines of "I am the legendary Dr. Viper."
Oops! Well, then, my theory is deader than Morbulus. He really should have just let himself get arrested.