With more swears and bodily fluids than even the most X-rated series, The Boys is like giving the Marvel Cinematic Universe a shot of adrenaline and sticking it in an adult book store — and fans can’t get enough.
If you wanted a souped-up superhero smorgasbord, there’s no denying Eric Kripke delivered just that with season 3 of Amazon’s The Boys.
Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic series of the same name, there’s still plenty of source material for The Boys to punch its way through.
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With news that the streaming giant has picked up The Boys for season 4, here’s everything you need to know about who’ll be squeezing back into their spandex, where we’re heading next, and what THAT explosive finale means for Billy Butcher and co.
The Boys season 4 cast
Although the writing was on the wall for Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Starlight (Erin Moriarty), the star-crossed lovers scraped it through the finale alive. The show’s very own Ross and Rachel are sure to have more trouble in paradise in season 4.
The fact that all of The Boys survived Soldier Boy’s assault on Vought Tower means Laz Alonso, Tomer Capone, and Karen Fukuhara are all sure to return as Mother’s Milk, Frenchie, and Kamiko, aka the Female. Front and centre, we’ve got Karl Urban, destined to lead the pack as the unhinged Billy Butcher. Given
Butcher’s grim diagnosis due to the effects of V24, season 4 could be his last, however, something tells us this won’t be the case.
Even though the ranks of The Seven might be scattered, Jessie T. Usher and Chace Crawford are poised to reprise their roles as A-Train and the Deep — under the tyrannical lead of Antony Starr's Homelander. Colby Minifie’s Ashley still has a shaky hold as Vought CEO, but with questions about what puppet master Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) has been up to, don’t count the Breaking Bad legend out just yet.
In terms of villains, there’s a double threat of Claudia Doumit’s Victoria Neuman setting her sights on the White House, and Cameron Crovetti’s snivelling Ryan realising his potential as the son of the psychotic Homelander.
Finally, there are question marks over Dominique McElligott’s Queen Maeve, Jensen Ackles’ Soldier Boy, and Nathan Mitchell’s Black Noir for very different reasons. Maeve, got her seemingly happy ending with her ex, but with Ashley hiding this secret from Homelander, the vengeful Supe could seek her out.
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Despite his best efforts, Soldier Boy was put back on ice, where a mournful Grace Mallory (Laila Robins) watches over him. Homelander has some serious daddy issues and might try to break papa out of his incarceration.
Even though Noir was seemingly killed by Homelander, those up on the comics will know there’s a twist the show seems to have completely ignored. While it might not be our Noir that returns, there’s still room for a Black Noir on The Seven.
Ironically, Kripke told Entertainment Weekly that Mitchell will be back (in a different role): “It's definitely not the last we've seen of Black Noir as a hero.
"It's just that the guy who was inside [the Noir suit] in season 3, he's gone. But we have Nathan playing a really interesting and hilarious character who wears the suit next season."
The Boys season 4 plot
As for where season 4 goes next, the comics give some indication of the plot. Going from promising Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez homage to full-blown Trump, Victoria Neuman is on track to be the most powerful Supe on the planet.
If the ability to pop heads wasn’t enough, she secured her position as Vice President when the Deep drowned her opposition in the finale. In the comics, Victoria is the male Vic the Veep, who eventually makes it into the White House when Dakota Bob is killed by a wolverine. Neuman has already shown herself to be a master manipulator, so we guess Stan Edgar trained his adoptive daughter well.
Starlight has officially joined The Boys full-time, and with her new ability of flight, it’s a major win against Homelander. Then again, the star-spangled psychopath has his own little protege to mould in the form of Ryan. Teasing Ryan’s expanded role, Kripke told Variety that there’s still hope Butcher can win Ryan back, knowing that he’s half Homelander’s and half Becca’s.
There could be a suitably dark twist on the horizon, as the showrunner explained: “If Homelander wins the kid over, that’s apocalyptic because then there’s two Homelanders. It’s like a child drama with apocalyptic stakes. It’s like ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ meets ‘Avengers: Endgame’. So that will be a really rich story moving forward.”
Speaking of Butcher, his diagnosis that he only has about a year to live gives Kripke the perfect chance to lean into the Butcher we see in the comics. With Ryan now Team Homelander and the ranks of The Boys bigger than ever, expect Butcher to have the leader of The Seven firmly in his sights. Whether it’s taking a full dose of Compound V to make him a permanent Supe, or finding someone with the powers to cure him, we don’t see Butcher leaving in a box yet. In the meantime, he’s sure to be his usual 'no f***s given' self.
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Much like Ackles and the Payback joined the fight in season 3, we expect some new characters to step up to the plate. There are four gaps on The Seven, and let's be honest, The Three doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Namely, fans are asking for the character known as Tek Knight, who is effectively The Boys’ very own Batman. Fans previously counted Tek Knight out because he’s too NSFW. but after 'Herogasm', all bets are off.
The Boys season 4 release date
Amazon only renewed The Boys for season 4 in June, and with the finale airing on 8 July, we’re likely a way off suiting up again. Looking at the show’s history, there was a gap of 13 months between season 1 and 2, followed by 20 months between 3 and 4.
The pandemic didn’t help, but this means The Boys season 4 release date could logically be anywhere between July 2023 and March 2024.
Giving hope to an earlier release date, Urban told Collider that filming will officially get underway on August 22, so expect more news on the foul-mouthed series soon.
The Boys S3 is streaming on Prime Video now. Watch a trailer below.