The Boys Returns for a Bloated, Super-Sized Third Season | TV/Streaming

When last we left The Boys and their nemeses, the corporatized Justice League known as The Seven, things were a-shambles. The Seven, and their parent company Vought, are in the middle of a PR nightmare in the wake of the reveal that hot new superhero Stormfront (Aya Cash) was actually a Nazi, and Homelander’s (Antony Starr) allegiance with her has tarnished his star quite a bit in the public eye. A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) struggles to reinvent and rebrand himself now that his heart condition has slowed down his superspeed, and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) is fully checked out after seeing her image as a queer woman swallowed into the corporate pride checklist. (A glimpse at the cloying, Magic Kingdom-like “Queen Maeve’s Inclusive Kingdom” will be catnip for queer fans looking to prod at the rainbow-ification of corporations this Pride Month.)

The Boys themselves are scattered to the four winds, trying to capture a semblance of real life. Snarling supe-killer Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) gets rolled into a heavily-supervised superhero task force with more red tape than a blood-soaked mummy, while Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) tries to retire and be a good husband and father again. Mute Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), meanwhile, dreams of losing her superpowers and being able to speak, dance, and sing, with mon coeur Frenchie (Tomer Capone) by her side. 

Baby Hughie (Jack Quaid), on the other hand, has found himself on Cloud Nine, enjoying a very public relationship with rising Seven star Starlight (Erin Moriarty), whose girl-next-door persona may well rehabilitate the team. And, he’s found himself working for political hopeful and clear AOC analogue Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit), despite us finding out at the end of last season that it’s her who’s been exploding Congressional skulls in her own quest for power.

Still, even though Homelander’s down, he’s not yet out, and Billy’s got a plan to finally kill the bastard: Track down the weapon that allegedly killed Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles), a Captain America-like super soldier and founding member of Payback, a pre-Seven superteam, in the ‘70s, and turn it on the star-spangled sociopath. His quest will rope the rest of The Boys back into the fold, and the quest to kill famous capes continues. 

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