Gore in superhero movies and television is almost inevitable nowadays. Main Videos The Boys has definitely been on trend since its 2019 premiere, followed by other recent examples like James Gunn. The Suicide Squad and Peacemakerthe animated series Invincibleand that of Sam Raimi Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, each offering their own version of blood and courage in a superhero story.
The third season of The Boyswhich premiered with its first three episodes on Prime Video Friday, takes this to new heights with an extended and extremely X-rated gag featuring an Ant-Man-type character named Termite.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for The Boys season 3 episode 1.]
In the first episode of the new season, Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) hunt a superhero named Termite. He can shrink down to a tiny size, much like Marvel’s Ant-Man.
When we meet Termite, he’s the life of the party – the guests all watch him simulate sex with a doll in a dollhouse. Shortly after, he retires to a private room with a romantic partner. The couple sniffs lines of cocaine together, and then, on request, Termite shrinks down and jumps into her romantic partner’s penis, like a speleologist walking into a giant falling cave. When inside, he touches the walls of this “cave” playfully, to stimulate his partner.
Unfortunately, Termite (which, it must be repeated, made a tuno of cocaine) sneezes while inside the penis, accidentally returning to human size and exploding the lower half of his partner in the process. In a show with a lot of “They did what?!?! ” gags, it is prominent in the field of sex and courage.
How much inspiration for the gag was Ant-Man from the MCU? A lotincluding the well-established “buthola theoryAbout Ant-Man fighting Thanos. After talking through which superheroes they had not yet parodied, the show’s writing room decided for Ant-Man.
“At the time it was that self of a resemblance, why doesn’t Ant-Man just go up Thanos’s ass and blow him up, right?” showrunner Eric Kripke told Polygon. “And we said, Well, let’s give the public that, because we can give them the thing they want. But Marvel can’t, just can’t, give them away. And then ridiculously, one of the writers […] He raises his hand and says: Did we do a butt blast in season 1? And it’s true, we did. And so, you know, after you take your ass off the table, there are really only so many holes, you know, a guy can come in. “
The scene includes a picture of Termite jumping into the giant (from his perspective, at least) penis, as well as a sequence where he is inside it. And yes, the giant penis is a practical effect. The Boys a team really built that.
“My favorite factoid about that scene is, although visual effects have sweetened it, that’s a practical penis,” Kripke said. “11 feet high and 20 feet long, built at great expense. So when he jumps up into that hole, that’s a real thing that happens. And it’s 7,030 exhibits of why I love this job. “
Kripke acknowledges the goret trend as something he has seen in the superhero genre as well, but does not want to attribute the change to The Boys.
“There’s definitely a tendency to deconstruct the superhero genre,” Kripke said. “But in the end, I think that’s inevitable when you have such a strong cultural force. Do you remember the comic book trend about how long you’ve had very straightforward superhero stuff? And then you had like this British Invasion by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman and Garth Ennis who did The Boys, and then they tear it down and tear it up, but rebuild it and pay homage to it and just start playing with the shape? I think you see the same thing happening on TV. So I don’t know if anyone is inspired by someone else. Just a little smell in the air. “
The first three episodes of season 3 of The Boys now available on Prime Video.