The Boys season 3 gets its own YouTube teaser with this Fox News parody
[Ed. note: Major spoilers for season 2 of The Boys ahead.]
Amazon has yet to announce a release date for Season 3 of The boys, but it promises fans of superhero satire a steady drop of dark comedy and intrigue through the new Vought News Network video series. The first installment, posted on YouTube, explores the aftermath of certain events in Season 2 and teases new storylines to come.
In the world of The boys, Vought International is the company responsible for empowering children and turning superheroes into commodities, using them for crime-fighting, advertising campaigns and film shoots. The Vought News Network is a riff from Fox News, with Matthew Edison making his best impression of Tucker Carlson as Cameron Coleman, host of the news show Seven out of 7. Each episode of the show features seven stories focused on the Seven, The boys“Justice League version. Coleman will also be a recurring character in Season 3 of the series.
It’s unlikely that anyone will actually need to watch these videos before they jump into Season 3, but for fans there is some information that is worth knowing. Vought claims superhero Blindspot (intended as a parody of Daredevil) disappeared following a mission to Argentina, which is an obvious cover-up, given that the blind martial artist was maimed by the equivalent Evil Superman Homelander (Antony Starr) joining the Seven. Homelander himself hasn’t been seen publicly since the end of last season with the death of his Nazi girlfriend Stormfront and the son he was trying to hook up with has been taken into custody by the CIA. “Hey, we’ve all been there,” Cameron says.
Hugh Campbell (Simon Pegg) decided to give up his job as a vigilante fighting the supes at the end of Season 2 and approached Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) asking for a job. Neuman appears to be a crusading liberal in the mold of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but the finale reveals that she has psychic power that can make people’s heads explode. She is now director of the new Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs and has hired Hugh as an analyst. Hugh has served as the compassionate voice of reason throughout the series, and it is likely that he will clash with Neuman, given the number of people she has killed in a haphazard way.
One of his victims was Alastair Adana, leader of a Scientologist-type group who worked with Neuman to bring down Stormfront. Cameron says Alastair has also been publicly absent recently, so presumably his death has also been covered up. The video also reveals that the United States has abandoned plans to team up with Vought to create super soldiers. It’s likely that the plot isn’t really dead, given that Supernatural Star Jensen Ackles joins the series in Season 3 as the equivalent of Captain America Soldier Boy.
Beyond the plot snippets, the video features an ad for OurSheet, a truly excellent parody on MyPillow. A commercial break will be included in all of these videos, so look for more parodies, targeting Fox’s biggest sponsors.
the Seven out of 7 premise, which promises a new video on the 7th of every month until The boys Season 3 releases, has created speculation that Amazon plans to release seven of these videos. That would mean the last would arrive in January, setting up a Season 3 premiere later this month or in February. The boys Season 2 ended in October 2020, so the timing seems about right, given the COVID-19 delays.