Starlight is “adjusting great” to her new role in The Boys season 4

The Boys Season 3 -- Courtesy of Prime Video
The Boys Season 3 -- Courtesy of Prime Video /

The fourth season of The Boys is coming straight for us! Amazon kept the memory of its subversive superhero alive this year with the spinoff Gen V, but the original show is set to return in 2024. There are posters and everything:

The third season of The Boys ended with some big changes. The homicidal Homelander (Antony Starr) grew more powerful and unstable than ever, and Starlight (Erin Moriarty) finally decided to abandon the Seven for the Boys, going from Homelander’s colleague to one of the people working to bring him down.

That’s definitely the more morally defensible position, but also very dangerous. Not only is she in Homelander’s crosshairs, but the leader of the Boys, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), isn’t a huge fan of her, either. Butcher hates pretty much all superheroes, even the helpful ones.

Still, speaking to during the BoxLunch Holiday Gala to benefit Feeding America, Moriarty suggested that things are going well, when she was able to fight through her nervousness about revealing spoilers to say anything at all. “Oh my God, okay I’m sorry it’s just, maybe this is just a good advertisement for Season 4, that I can’t answer that without maintaining composure,” she said. “I can’t! No that’s my earnest response! I’m actually scared to answer … She is adjusting great.”

The superhero-killing virus from Gen V will factor into The Boys season 4

We don’t know exactly what will happen in The Boys season 4, but we know it will involve a supe-killing virus that factored into the plot of Gen V.  In a coda at the end of Gen V season 1, we see Butcher learning about it. That is definitely the kind of thing he’d be interested in.

“For Butcher, by the time they were making the finale [of Gen V], we were pretty deep into breaking Season 4 [of The Boys],” said showrunner Eric Kripke. “We knew that we wanted that virus to be a pretty big part of Season 4, and we knew that we wanted Butcher to be aware of it. It seems crazy that he wouldn’t be aware of it. It became kind of tricky, because how do we show that he knows about it without it just being dialogue? This idea came up that it probably shouldn’t even happen in The Boys, it should happen in Gen V.”

Hopefully those who skipped Gen V will be able to watch The Boys without feeling like they missed something. As for when we’ll get to see Starlight, Butcher, Homelander and the rest, we don’t have an exact release date yet, but Kripke assures us that things are on the move. “[M]ost of the editing is done, we’re now deep into the music and visual effects. Marketing is starting to taxi their planes on the runway. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes of The Boys Season 4, I can say that.”

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