Soldier Boy and Crimson Countess revealed in The Boys purple band teaser

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Prime Video’s hit sequence The Boys returns for a 3rd season on June 3.

Prime Video unveiled a brand new purple band teaser for the third season of its hit sequence, The Boys, throughout a SXSW panel on Saturday. The present relies on the comedian guide sequence of the identical identify by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. There are a few new faces among the many forged, plus a scene within the teaser that positively takes place in THAT notorious storyline from the comedian guide sequence.

(Spoilers for the primary two seasons under.)

The Boys is ready in a fictional universe the place superheroes are actual however are corrupted by company pursuits and a poisonous celebrity-obsessed tradition. Probably the most elite superhero group is known as the Seven, operated by the Vought Company, which created the supes with a substance referred to as Compound V. The Seven is headed up by Homelander (Antony Starr in a career-making efficiency), a violent and unstable psychopath disguised because the All-American hero. Homelander’s counterpart as the pinnacle of the titular “boys” is Billy Butcher (Karl City), a self-appointed vigilante intent on checking the unhealthy conduct of the Seven, particularly Homelander, who brutally raped Butcher’s late spouse.

The S1 finale ended with a significant cliffhanger: Butcher, intent on blowing himself up and taking Homelander with him, modified his thoughts when the psychotic superhero instructed him he’d found that Butcher’s ex-wife, Becca (Shantel VanSanten), was nonetheless alive—and elevating her (superpowered) son, Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), the results of her rape by Homelander. That is just about the place S2 picked up.

Because the season opened, the Boys have been fugitives, having been framed for a S1 homicide really dedicated by Homelander. Their makes an attempt to clear themselves have been hampered by a mysterious murderer who saved blowing up anybody who may give them helpful leads. They have been additionally charged with monitoring a telekinetic terrorist who turned out to be Kimiko’s (Karen Fukuhara) youthful brother, Kenji (Abraham Lim). Butcher struggled to just accept Becca’s son Ryan, whereas Homelander tried to be a father determine and educate Ryan tips on how to use his powers.

Homelander (Antony Starr) must deal with the aftermath of the S2 finale, plus a possible new superpowered rival.
Enlarge / Homelander (Antony Starr) should cope with the aftermath of the S2 finale, plus a doable new superpowered rival.

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Homelander’s dominance of Vought was additionally challenged when CEO Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) introduced on a brand new member—Stormfront (performed by Aya Money, who stole scene after scene). The 2 grew to become lovers and Stormfront helped Homelander recuperate from a PR catastrophe. After all, Stormfront turned out to be a Nazi-affiliated superhero previously often known as Liberty, and the primary superhero created with Compound V. And Homelander skilled his first ethical dilemma, torn between the girl he cherished and his common hatred of all issues Nazi.

Within the S2 finale, Homelander and Stormfront kidnapped Ryan, forcing a showdown between Butcher and Becca. Ryan crippled Stormfront along with his laser eyes when she threatened his mom—however by chance killed Becca too. Ryan was taken into CIA custody after a grief-stricken Homelander was blackmailed into letting them go. A-Practice (Jesse T. Usher) and Starlight (Erin Moriarty) rejoined the Seven, however The Deep (Chace Crawford) was as soon as once more excluded. In the meantime, Hughie (Jack Quaid) left the Boys to work for Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit)—who, unbeknownst to him, is the mysterious murderer.

What’s going to S3 convey? One useful clue is that the primary S3 episode is entitled “Payback.” Within the comics that is the identify of an early Vought group of superheroes, the successor to The Avenging Squad, which was destroyed within the Battle of the Bulge within the Nineteen Forties. Payback is loosely primarily based on Marvel’s Avengers. Its members embrace Eagle the Archer, who appeared in S2 of the TV sequence (performed by Langston Kerman). He is the one who recruited Deep and A-Practice to the Church of the Collective, earlier than the cult turned in opposition to him. A fictional Seven on 7 information report final summer season knowledgeable us that Eagle had give up the superhero gig after the Church publicly humiliated him, and is now attempting to turn out to be a rapper.

Jensen Ackles plays Soldier Boy, a former WWII cohort of Stormfront, aka Liberty.
Enlarge / Jensen Ackles performs Soldier Boy, a former WWII cohort of Stormfront, aka Liberty.

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Two different Payback members are becoming a member of the forged in S3: Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles)—briefly name-checked in S2 as a colleague of Stormfront again when she glided by Liberty—and  Crimson Countess (Laurie Holden), who has heat-related powers. There isn’t a information but on whether or not we’ll be seeing different Payback members comparable to Tek Knight, Swatto, and Thoughts Droid (who’s romantically concerned with Crimson Countess within the comics), however the odds appear good.

We additionally know that the third season will incorporate one of many comedian’s most stunning storylines: Herogasm, a standalone comedian miniseries by which the Boys infiltrate Vought’s annual occasion for its superheroes on a secluded island, which which seems to be only one lengthy weekend of kinky intercourse and drug use. Followers had been daring showrunner Eric Kripke to convey that storyline to the display, and he confirmed on Twitter final January that the sixth S3 episode will certainly be titled “Herogasm.”

Laurie Holden joins the cast as Crimson Countess.
Enlarge / Laurie Holden joins the forged as Crimson Countess.

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Simply how far will the sequence take the Herogasm storyline? It is troublesome to foretell—the comedian panels are fairly express—however the mere idea alone ought to push the boundaries of what Prime Video has so far allowed The Boys to placed on display. I imply, aside from all of the blood and guts, S2 had a hilarious throwaway scene the place the Boys encounter Love Sausage (Andrew Jackson), whose publicity to Compound-V gave him a stretchable prehensile penis that he can deploy as a weapon. It performed out precisely the way you’d count on. All we see within the teaser is a snippet of Deep gazing longingly at a starfish whereas engaged in intercourse—which is simply so Deep. (We already watched him fend off the advances of a attractive dolphin in S1.)

As for the remainder of the teaser, the largest reveal is that Butcher decides to even the percentages by taking Compound V himself, thereby gaining his personal laser-eyed superpowers. On condition that the substance is understood to have some severe unwanted effects, will Butcher turn out to be much more unstable? (Yeah, in all probability.) We get glimpses of Soldier Boy and Crimson Countess, and a variety of exploding heads and our bodies. In different phrases, the sequence exhibits no indicators of reining within the gloriously violent outrageousness that has turn out to be its trademark.

The Boys S3 debuts on Prime Vido on June 3, 2022.

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