A conversation between A-Train and Blue Hawk in The Boys season 3 might drop a subtle tease for Amazon’s upcoming supe college spinoff.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Boys season 3, episode 5
Did A-Train just drop another breadcrumb for The Boys‘ upcoming supe college spinoff? After two seasons of mocking Marvel and DC’s multi-faceted shared universes, The Boys is getting a multi-faceted shared universe on Amazon Prime Video. An animated anthology (The Boys Presents: Diabolical) landed in March 2022 ahead of The Boys season 3, and a live-action spinoff is currently burrowing along Amazon’s pipeline like Termite pre-sneeze. Still officially untitled, the new show will center around a Vought supe college and loosely parody Marvel’s X-Men. Scheduled for release in 2023, names confirmed for The Boys‘ spinoff include Jaz Sinclair, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sean Patrick Thomas, and London Thor.
The Boys showrunner, Eric Kripke, previously confirmed season 3 would drop small Easter eggs connecting both shows. Sure enough, the episodes aired thus far have arrived laden with references to supes from the G-Men – an X-Men parody seen in Garth Ennis’ original The Boys comic books. Among those mentioned are Silver Kincaid, Stacker, Cold Snap and Europo. The Boys Presents: Diabolical, meanwhile, introduced an animated version of the Wolverine-adjacent Groundhawk. Even better, a photo of Jaz Sinclair’s character (Marie M.) can be glimpsed on the list of Red River kids Hughie flicks through.
The Boys season 3, episode 5 (“The Last Time To Look On This World Of Lies”) goes even further toward setting up Amazon’s college-based spinoff series. A painfully awkward meeting between A-Train and Blue Hawk finally takes place in Ashley’s office, and the latter aggressively policing Black communities sits top of their agenda. Unwisely attempting to play off his racism as a harmless no-nonsense attitude, Blue Hawk reminds A-Train, “You and me both trained with Coach Brink at school; we were taught to dominate totally.” The idea that A-Train and Blue Hawk coincidentally attended the same civilian high school or college and trained under the same coach seems desperately improbable. Instead, Blue Hawk’s line could establish the existence of a Vought school specifically for supes where many of the company’s registered heroes learned their trade.
This single line adds a major element of lore to The Boys‘ fictional universe. Entire generations of teenage supes are seemingly scouted by Vought (assuming they’re not already under the company’s guardianship) and attend a special college in the mold of Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters. Presumably, those who graduate then enter a fast-track toward becoming professional supes on Vought’s roster. A-Train’s Coach Brink comes across as the stereotypical “wannabe drill sergeant” gym teacher who delights in breaking his students mentally and physically. The name-drop in The Boys season 3, episode 5 could prove this is a character we’ll eventually meet in person when 2023’s supe college spinoff rolls around.
The Boys‘ college adventures will focus on a fresh-faced crop of entirely new youngsters, but now A-Train has been teased as a former student, more details about The Boys‘ main characters could also come to light. Fans will finally glimpse the place Vought’s values were imprinted onto A-Train, encounter the teachers who shaped his future, and perhaps even hear direct references about his time at the institution. Revelations about A-Train’s college years could explain how someone raised in a friendly, community-minded, family neighborhood ended up a murdering glory fiend with minimal self-respect.
And who else from The Boys‘ fictional universe could’ve potentially attended this supe college? Homelander was seemingly sheltered before his public debut, while the likes of Black Noir, Soldier Boy and Stormfront probably hit the scene too early. But Deep and Lamplighter seem like solid candidates for enrollment, while Queen Maeve, Starlight, Supersonic, Popclaw, Termite and Livewire are also in with a shout. Just like A-Train, learning more about how Vought molded these supes at an impressionable stage of life might add context around their personalities as adults in Amazon’s main The Boys TV series.
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