The Boys, based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis, is a superhero show for people who don’t like superhero shows. The heroes in this world are, on the whole, fame-hungry narcissists at best and violent sociopaths at worst. And because they have superpowers, they’re a lot more dangerous than the narcissists and sociopaths we meet in our world. The show has been running for three seasons with a fourth on the way, and we can’t wait to see it.
The show has gotten pretty popular, and Amazon Prime Video has noticed. It’s already created a couple of spinoffs and is working on another, including:
- The Boys Presents: Diabolical, an animated anthology series with one-off adventures featuring characters from the original show.
- Gen V, a show set at a college for supes. The first season wrapped up in November and a second is on the way.
- The Boys: Mexico, a Spanish-language series set in Mexico City. This is not just a Spanish-language remake of the original show but a whole new series set in the same world. They must have dangerous, delusional superheroes in Mexico, too.
So all together, there are four spinoffs of The Boys either available to watch now or in the works. Showrunner Erik Kripke has promised that you’ll be able to watch one of these shows without having to see the other, but I worry that the universe could get too big to be easily digestible by a casual viewer. Right now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going through a rough patch as movies bomb and interest wanes, a consequence of the universe expanding too fast, too soon. I hope the same thing doesn’t happen with The Boys.