‘The Boys’ Season 2 Quietly Proved It’s Superior to Marvel’s MC and DC’s DCEU

The LGBTQ community has made several strides in the past few years. Hollywood has slowly but surely began acknowledging the group with many films embracing the casting of gay characters. Although such is a new normal within film corridors, some studio executives still have a long way to go.

An excellent case in point is the rival universes DC and Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the two universes are known for being progressive, they are yet to embrace the LGBTQ community in their movies fully. They’ve even come under fire in the past few years for always cutting short scenes involving members of the pride community.

However, one series has just proved that it can go the extra mile in beating out the two universes mentioned above when it comes to progressiveness. The Boys recently announced the show’s renewal, and fans can’t help but notice one huge difference the previous season has from MCU and DC.

‘The Boys’ is also a superhero show

The Boys
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The Boys is a show that centers on a group of vigilantes who try to bring down the world-famous superheroes. Although many superheroes are do-gooders, the Supes are among the most corrupt individuals.

They are headed by a multimillion conglomerate called Vought International, which is in charge of selling their image to the public. The Boys take it upon themselves to show the world how evil their precious superheroes are.

The vigilante group was formed by Billy Butcher, who has a personal vendetta against Homelander, the Supes leader. Butcher believes that Homelander is responsible for his wife’s death in the first season. Butcher found out that Homelander raped his wife, which led her to take her own life due to the trauma that followed after the incident.

Since then, he took it upon himself to ensure that the Supes’ leader pays. Along the way of his quest for justice, he encounters more people who also hold grudges against the Supes.

Season 2 answered all the cliffhangers

Season 1 of The Boys ended with a major reveal that had fans on the edge of their seats. The show’s first season ended with Butcher realizing that his wife wasn’t dead. After Butcher tracks down Homelander using his mistress, Madelyn Stillwell, Homelander gouges out her eyes to prevent her from spilling the organization’s secrets.

Seeing as there is nothing more he can get from Madelyn, Butcher decides to blow up the apartment, hoping that he and Homelander would meet their deaths. However, in an exciting turn of events, Homelander saves Butcher’s life and takes him to a farm in the countryside.

While there, Homelander reveals to Butcher that his wife has been alive all along and that she has been in hiding raising a son. To Butcher’s dismay, it turns out that his wife Becca’s son is Homelander’s, and he has superpowers.

In season 2, fans get to see how Butcher deals with his wife’s son and the revelation that Homelander and Becca might have had a consensual sexual interaction.

‘The Boys’ season 2 has landed a big win aside from its incredible storyline

All of the superheroes on the show have their flaws, and they have to hide them to maintain a particular persona to preserve their image.

One such character is Queen Maeve, who had to hide her sexuality due to the fear of what Homelander might do if he ever found out, including hurting her partner Elena. Fans can remember that Homelander and Maeve dated a while back, and the latter feared the former’s rage.

When season two begins, Homelander finds out that Maeve is bisexual, and instead of hurting Elena, he decides to out her hoping that she would suffer from humiliation. Vought International uses this news in their favor, and they pair Maeve up with another female bisexual hero.

The show even went ahead to name a sandwich Lettuce Guacamole Bacon and Tomato as homage to the LGBTQ community. The Boys took a jibe indirectly at Marvel and DC with their show-within -a-show called Dawn of the Seven, where they intentionally showed a cut kissing scene between two members of the queer community.

By portraying an LGBTQ superhero, The Boys has outdone Marvel and DC. The nuanced portrayal of Queen Maeve’s sexuality and her privacy being violated by Homelander only further spotlights everything Marvel and DC is missing in their films.

The Boys season 3 is set to arrive in 2022.