The Boys season 3 will be here before we know it – and we have a trailer to watch over and over again while we wait. But if that’s not enough for ya, the animated anthology spin-off The Boys: Diabolical is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video – and one of the episodes gives us a deep dive into Homelander’s origin story.
The lads have returned to town. In March 2022, Amazon unveiled the first look at The Boys season 3, which may leave fans with more questions than answers.
Tweets like that, from The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke, are why fans of his Prime Video superhero satire series can’t wait for what’s sure to be a surprising, irreverent and darkly funny Season 3. And now we know exactly when that season’s first three episodes will drop: Friday, June 3, with the rest of Season 3’s eight installments premiering on subsequent Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about The Boys season 3, from plot teases and possible storylines to new characters and cast members like Soldier Boy, played by Jensen Ackles. Plus, Billy Butcher is set to become a supe this season – and we’ve got a quote from Karl Urban himself about the change. For all that and more, scroll on for everything you need to know about The Boys season 3.
Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) appears to shoot beams of heat out of his face after gazing into the mirror with glowing eyes. That’s a little disconcerting for a person whose life aim has been to kill superheroes.
The show, based on a comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, turns the superhero genre on its edge. “Our show is the real world in every single way, with the one difference that the superheroes that everyone is worshiping happened to be real,” says Kripke. The “supes” in the show aren’t the courageous heroes people expect; one could even say they’re the conceited villains. They’re in a constant, rowdy fight against The Boys, a small vigilante group that operates under the radar to take down the supes, as well as their major corporate sponsor.
The Boys season 3 release date is officially set for June 3, 2022. The first three episodes drop then, with the remaining five episodes dropping weekly every Friday thereafter.
The first season of The Boys was well-received, but praise for the second season went into the stratosphere, with viewing numbers to boot: The Season 2 premiere garnered better ratings than both The Mandalorian on Disney+ and Stranger Things on Netflix. And that’s not all. The Boys was also the first non-Netflix series to crack the Nielsen Top 10 Streaming Shows list—plus, it scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series this year. The show even made former President Barack Obama’s list of his favorite TV shows of 2o2o.
The Boys season 3 trailer
The first The Boys season 3 trailer dropped and, surprisingly, it was completely dialogue-free. What it lacks in words, though, it makes up for in action – including a superpowered Billy Butcher, a new look at Solider Boy and Crimson Countess, several exploding bodies, and Homelander… milking a cow.
“That’s the dilemma: does Butcher become a superhero or a super villain?” Karl Urban told Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) of the superpowers reveal. “In order to defeat the monster, do you become the monster? And I think that’s one of the cool things about this season is every character is faced with that choice. How far are they willing to go? What line are they willing to cross in order to achieve what they want to achieve? For all the characters on the show, it creates a conflict and it’s fun to see who actually ends up on whose side.”
There’s also a commercial for a restaurant named Buster Beaver’s (opens in new tab) which seems to factor into the next season somehow, with Kripke claiming on Twitter (opens in new tab) that “#BusterBeaver & his Pizza Pals are crucial to the Season 3 storyline” We’ll have to see how that plays out…
Plus, you can see the previously released, shorter teaser which shows Homelander slowly losing his mind during a photocall.
However, all was not well. Billy was last seen grieving the death of his wife, Becca (Shantel VanSanten), so it’s unclear how he gained supernatural abilities in the new video. Some brief scenes in the trailer give the impression that his abilities aren’t limited to heat vision. The bereaved widower may even possess superpowers, but that won’t be the biggest surprise in the July premiere.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Urban remarked during Saturday’s SXSW event in Austin, Texas, “I assure you have never seen anything like it in the history of cinema.” “This season, we went bigger. “It’s an exhilarating roller coaster experience.”
While there haven’t been any other new trailers, a new image was released that shows Billy Butcher, Frenchie, The Female, and Mother’s Milk dressed to kill in some matching jumpsuits.
The Boys season 3 cast
The Boys season 2 ending means The Boys season 3 cast has been shaken up.
Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) are all back, and ln the Supe side of things, there’s Homelander (Antony Starr), Maeve (Dominique McElligott), Starlight (Erin Moriarty), A-Train (Jessie Usher), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) forming the Seven. The Deep (Chace Crawford) is still sticking around, too. Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) is also back.
Is there a The Boys Season 3 release date?
Yes! Get ready to kick off summer with The Boys, as the first three episodes of Season 3 will debut Friday, June 3, on Prime Video. There’s eight episodes to the season in total; the remaining five episodes will premiere one per week every Friday after that.
Season 3 started filming on February 24, 2021, which Kripke commemorated by tweeting a pic of a Homelander statue.
Erin Moriarty (who plays Starbright) also marked the occasion by posting a pic with Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell), captioning it “Back on our bulls***!”
Outside of that, the biggest name is Claudia Doumit’s Congresswoman Victoria Neuman. After being revealed to be behind the head-exploding attacks, it’s clear that she’s going to be a major focus of season three. According to Deadline (opens in new tab), she and Colby Minifie (Vought PR Ashley) have been promoted to series regulars.
Talking of head explosions, escape Sage Grove patient Cindy is now on the loose and “as dangerous as ever.” Chances are she’ll have a presence in The Boys season 3.
One confirmed new addition to the cast is Soldier Boy, a Supe who is essentially a twisted take on Captain America. He will be played by Supernatural star Jensen Ackles.
Eric Kripke describes the character as “the very first Superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role.” Kripke also told TV Guide (opens in new tab) that Soldier Boy has a surprise connection to Stormfront. Comic Book (opens in new tab) also reports that Ackles has shared a picture of his new hairstyle, seemingly during quarantine for filming on The Boys – if this is for the show, it’s a style shake-up for Soldier Boy, who in the comics has shorter hair and is clean-shaven. The first official images of the character reveal a slightly less unkempt version of Ackles, with shorter hair and beard. He’s also in full costume, and you can even see his shield. Check the pictures out below, alongside the first look at Blue Hawk.
Are there The Boys Season 3 spoilers?
Starting with the obvious: In a movie about people with superhuman powers, is Stormfront really dead? Cash seems to think so. “I had a wonderful experience on The Boys, I was always signed up for one year, so who knows?” she said in an interview.
However, even if Cash doesn’t return, Kripke says she’s still alive. “No, she’s not dead! She’s Stumpfront! She’s a stumpy little Nazi. She’s actually not dead,” Kripke told TV Line in October 2020. “The best poetic ending for that character is someone who so believed in some kind of pure race finds herself mutilated and having to live with it for potentially centuries felt like a fate worse than death for her. So no, Stumpfront is not dead. Hashtag Stumpfront lives!”
“Soldier Boy is the original badass,” costume designer Laura Jean Shannon said. “Our goal was to highlight a bygone era of overt masculinity and grit. With that pedigree we dove headfirst into baking in an all-American quality grounded in a military soldier’s practicality with a heavy dose of old school cowboy swagger. We knew that the actor had to have Steve McQueen looks and chops with a John Wayne attitude, luckily Jensen Ackles embodies all of that.”
There are also three new Supes in town: Sean Patrick Flannery, Nick Wechsler, and Miles Gaston Villanueva will play Gunpowder, Blue Hawk (who you can also see above), and Supersonic respectively. The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden will be playing Crimson Countess.
Meanwhile, Hughie is working for legislator Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit), but it soon becomes clear that she isn’t only seeking to pass supes legislation to protect Americans. The disgusting blood splatters around Hughie in the season 3 teaser hint that he’ll learn out her little secret.
Victoria will not be an exact adaptation of the character from The Boys comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, who also serve as executive producers. Showrunner Eric Kripke teased at the end of season 2 that Victoria will not be an exact adaptation of the character from The Boys comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, who also serve as executive producers.
Among those who might not be returning are Stormfront (Aya Cash) and Becca (Shantel VanSanten), who both perished in the season 2 finale. Of course, the show hasn’t been shy about bringing back dead characters via other means – such as Doppelganger turning into Elizabeth Shue’s Madelyn Stilwell. So don’t rule out some form of flashback or cloning shenanigans just yet. An installment in the Seven on 7 (opens in new tab) videos revealed that the character is still alive, so watch this space.
Cash seems fairly certain she’s not back, though, telling Metacritic (opens in new tab): “The Boys comes out on June 3 and I’ll be watching with the rest of you guys, unfortunately. That’s my update.”
The Boys season 2 finale has major ramifications for the show moving forward. Not least of all season 3, which has to deal with characters going their separate ways, new alliances being formed – and some not surviving at all.
We can expect plenty of focus on Victoria Neuman. The secret Supe politician has been blowing up brains and surely has some sort of diabolical plan up her sleeve.
Butcher, too, might be in the sightlines of Vought and the reformed Seven after going back on his word and keeping Ryan out of the clutches of Stan Edgar. That, and the introduction of the first Supe, Soldier Boy, could mean more of the corporation’s origins are laid bare, too.
Therefore, Kripke says, think John Wayne for Soldier Boy, not sweet-faced Marvel hero Steve Rogers. “As we’re writing him in this, we’re getting to really talk about the history of Vought [International] because he’s like John Wayne: He’s one of these guys that’s been around for decades of Vought history. And he was Homelander before Homelander, so he’s from a different era, but he’s got the ego and the ambition — it just comes across in a different way because he’s from a different time.”
Helpfully, we also pressed both Victoria Neuman actor Claudia Doumit and Black Noir actor Nathan Mitchell on what we can expect from their respective characters in the third season – which should serve as a nice appetizer until we find out more concrete aspects of The Boys season 3 story.
“I’m excited to see what happens with Hughie and her. I’m excited to find out more about her. I’m excited to really dig into what her backstory is and how she got to where she is. Also, I’m very excited to see her fuck some shit up, blow some heads up,” Doumit said of what she hopes to see from Neuman in the third season.
As for Black Noir? He has the potential to fuck shit up in a very different, scarier way. On the potential changes to the Seven in season 3, Mitchell said, “Him and Maeve are not going to get along! That’s pretty evident. It is so interesting because you have this forced alliance between people. Homelander doesn’t trust Maeve, doesn’t trust Starlight. Noir just fought Starlight, he definitely doesn’t trust Maeve. A-Train just clawed his way back in, he has this uneasy alliance with Starlight, so now they’re frenemies.”
“Everybody’s crossed, it’s like this house that’s divided within itself but still together. There are a lot of interesting undercurrents to the dynamic that’s going to come out of season 3.”
There’ll also be what Karen Fukuhara calls “a full-on musical moment,” per Entertainment Weekly. The scene will take place between Kimiko and Frenchie, and is glimpsed in the trail. Laz Alonso also revealed more about what’s ahead for Mother’s Milk, saying season 3 will be “a deep dive into trauma and what makes us tick as people” for his character.
The Boys story has never shied away from real-world events. You-know-what is dominating at the moment – and Eric Kripke is sure that COVID-19 will influence some of the stories he and his writing team will tell moving forward.
During a roundtable, Kripke teased, “I can tell that season three, without being specifically about COVID – we’re having a lot of conversations about the government response to COVID here in the States. And my guess is, you’ll see that metaphorically show up in one way or another.”
One idea that has been floated for season 3 is “Herogasm.” As the name implies, it’s an arc ripped from the comics that involves Supes getting hot and sweaty with each other on a Vought-paid-for vacation getaway. That is set to make up the season’s fifth episode.
In a Reddit AMA, Kripke confirmed he wanted to film those sex scenes for one episode. It looks to be happening, even if season 3 is already shaping up to be a doozy without any more bodily fluids being spilled.
What happened in Seasons 1 and 2 of The Boys?
(Warning: Spoilers follow, obviously!) Season 1 of The Boys introduced viewers to “The Seven,” a collection of mighty superheroes who are contracted out by Vought International, a pharmaceutical company that makes Compound V, to fight “supe-terrorists” and other “villains”—some of their own design. The superheroes, led by the ego-driven Homelander (played by Antony Starr) are conceited, amoral and nothing like the selves they present to the public. Homelander, seemingly a Superman type, is the obvious star of the crew, joined by several other “supes” with differing powers. In Season 1, they’re joined by new recruit Starlight, who quickly starts to have conflicting feelings about the group she’s taken up with.
If Kripke’s recent Tweets are any indication, season 3 will even feature the Dawn of the Seven world premiere. The Avengers-style Vought movie was ‘filmed’ during the events of The Boys season 2, and we could see the finished product in future episodes. Actor Laz Alonso has also teased a serious amount of blood is being spilled in the upcoming season.
Kripke also recently told EW (opens in new tab) that “the craziest thing we’ve ever done” is tucked away in the third season’s premiere.
We also have one final clue. A word: Payback. That’s the title of The Boys season 3 premiere and is also a reference to a group torn from the pages of The Boys comics, one that includes Soldier Boy and (at one time) Stormfront. Could we see more of the super-team in season 3?
Some more concrete plot teases have also been provided recently. In the lead-up to season 3, teasers in the style of a TV news bulletin are being released, and in the two that have hit the internet so far, the Vought News Network broadcasts have already teed up some interesting story developments.
In just two (opens in new tab) episodes (opens in new tab), we learn that: Homelander is sulking in the Tower after what happened with Stormfront in season 2, there’ll be no Supes in the military, Dawn of the Seven is in limbo, Blindspot is being reported as missing, Hughie Campbell is working for Congresswoman Neuman as a senior analyst, Eagle the Archer and the Deep are both taking on the Church of the Collective, Starlight’s ‘Never Truly Vanish’ is a chart success (and her ex-boyfriend Supersonic is making a comeback, while she’s subject to “fake news” reports of exhaustion), Homelander’s supporters have made a human wall to “keep out superterrorists” (and fallen ill from sunstroke and dehydration), production of Compound V has been halted, Queen Maeve has been at the openings of two LGBTQ+ teen centers, and A-Train is returning to the Seven. Episode 2 of the faux-news bulletin also advertises Vought’s Global Wellness Center for struggling heroes.
Episode 3 (opens in new tab)’s reveals includes that the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs has partnered with Vought to find “bad apples” in the Supe ranks, A-Train has released a single, Homelander made a public appearance at a Vought-a-Burger grand opening, and Vought continues to deny a connection to the Sage Grove Center, and has purchased the building to turn it into the Global Wellness Center.
Episode 4 tells us that Stormfront is “securely locked away,” but still has vocal supporters, Starlight has switched back to her classic costume, the Deep has a new job with Liquid Death Mountain Water, Cindy the Sage Grove Center escapee is still (violently) on the loose, and Ezekiel is being charged with multiple counts of abuse and misconduct.
Episode 5 (opens in new tab) reveals a Supe has accused Starlight of blackmail, Black Noir is recovering from his allergic reaction, and Homelander has pledged to restore faith in Supes. Episode 6 (opens in new tab) features an appearance from Hughie himself, and also reveals that the search for a new member of the Seven is taking place in a reality TV show hosted by Starlight.
The Boys Season 3 will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. If you’re just catching up, you can also binge Seasons 1 and 2 right now on the platform as well.
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