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The Boys Season 2 Final Trailer Gives Fans A NSFW Preview Of The Battle To Come

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BY August 4, 2020
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One of the most exciting new superhero stories to come out in the post-Avengers: Endgame world is Prime video’s The Boys. The Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic series continues the post-Watchmen tradition of offering a deconstructionist look at what a world with superheroes might really be like. Thus, this is the perfect time for such a series to debut as both Marvel Studios and DC and Warner Bros. attempt to enter the next phase of superhero storytelling on screen. The Boys season 2 final trailer definitely goes deeper, while also mirroring the situation of the current United States. 

Be warned, this final trailer is completely NSFW for scenes of explicit language, violence, gore and a weird laser-eyes kink near the end.

How The Boys Season 2 Becomes So Painfully Relevant

The Boys season 2 final trailer politics. Image via Prime Video.

The Boys season 2 comes at a time of major social upheaval in the United States, where it’s set. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is at its peak and the country is taking a hard look at the idea of law enforcement, all during an election year.  So the makers of The Boys seem to have ample opportunity to weave in those situations and themes into the new season. Season 1 of The Boys already showcased a world where corrupt corporate sponsored superheroes supplement traditional police. With all the abuses of power that come with it. The major story arc was about they were going to spread that power over to providing military support as well. 

Season 2 can easily use these real-world causes in the story to further enhance the brilliance of the show. Scenes from The Boys season 2 final trailer even shows the villains’ rabid need for “more Supes”. This mirrors the cry by many in the country who constantly demand more freedoms given to police with less oversight. It’s very close to home and I’m very excited to see how it all plays out. Also, it’s worth noting that “Stormfront” is a very specific name, with a clear tie to white supremacy. However, the choice to make the character a woman (he was a blond man in the comics) is interesting to say the least. 

The Boys Season 2 Final Trailer Finally Provides Context From Season 1

Through all of The Boys teasers, trailers and clips, the cliffhanger of season 1 was the burning question in my mind. But The Boys season 2 final trailer addresses that with a straightforward story trailer that outlines what’s to come. Picking up exactly where we left off in season 1, Butcher’s (Karl Urban) is the star of this new trailer. Through voice-over narration, he recaps how his thought-to-be-dead wife is alive and held captive by Homelander (Antony Starr) and the Vought Corporation. 

The rest of the trailer lays out the mission of the new season. Our heroes are on the run as criminals. So they have to clear their names, get back their lives, while Butcher hopes to free his wife. The best way to do that? Bring down the corporation responsible for the whole superhero mess. There’s also the unresolved romantic tension between Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Annie (Erin Moriarty), and it’s unclear where her loyalties lie. The trailer ends with a test of her commitment to The Seven, as Homelander asks her to kill Hughie.

More Real-World Themes In The New Trailer

The Boys season 2 final laser eyes. Told you it was weird. | Image via Screen Grab.

Along with the national ground level issues in the season 2 final trailer, there are also larger issues at play. Season 1 had Terrorists with superpowers, which furthered the evil corporation’s agenda of superheroes in the military. This season it looks like they’re using that to get unlimited power from the government and public. There’s a scene with the newest member, Stormfront (Aya Cash), whipping crowds into a frenzy for more superheroes to fight the terrorists. 

One can’t help but compare the situation to the way that the U.S. government behaved in a post 9/11 world. Many times at the expense of individual civil liberties. And it’s hard to believe that the parallels are unintentional. Creator Eric Kripke did mention during the Comic-Con At Home panel that one of his mandates was to mirror and feature real-world topics in The Boys as means of having his art mirror reality. These deep dives into our very real societal flaws, juxtaposed with the comic book fantasy of superheroes is really what makes The Boys stand out from the other shows currently out there. 

The Boys season 2 premieres on Amazon Prime Video on September 4. 

What did you think about The Boys season 2 final trailer? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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