There has been a lot of talk regarding The Boys spinoff since it was first announced in September 2020 under the name The Boys Presents: Varsity. Tidbits had slowly drifted out, but few details were confirmed, not even the series’ name. Development delays took longer than expected, forcing some cast members to move on to new projects. The recasting process caused additional delays. The official name of the new spinoff, Gen V, was released on July 15, 2022, along with new cast introductions via Twitter.
Gen V is the second spinoff series from The Boys, preceded by the animated anthology Diabolical. Now, the time has finally come with official details being released and production underway for the much-anticipated spinoff to Amazon Studio’s hit anti-superhero show based on the popular comic book series written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters will serve as showrunners while also executive producing with The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur, Pavun Shetty, and show creator Craig Rosenberg.
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The Boys just wrapped its third season with a fourth season confirmed for production. Season 3 ended with a new perspective on Homelander and his superpowered son, Ryan, along with an earthshaking conflict with Soldier Boy. Victoria Neuman makes a political move that leaves the Boys concerned about the future of Supes, Vought, and frankly, America. Needless to say, Gen V has some very big shoes to fill. According to cast members, the show is in the same over-the-top, gorefest, superhero satire as The Boys.
Let’s take a look at what is known so far.
Gen V: The Plot
According to Gen V’s official synopsis:
“Gen V is set at America’s only college exclusively for superheroes, run by Vought International. irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. It’s part college show, part Hunger Games — with all the heart, satire, and raunch of The Boys.”
The school’s name will be Godolkin University School of Crimefighting, presumed to be named after John Godolkin, a character from The Boys comic book world who is a very dark version of Professor Xavier of the X-Men series.
The Boys’ showrunner Eric Kripke says,
“Just like Mork & Mindy separated from Happy Days — which is an insane and true fact – our spinoff will exist in the Vought Cinematic Universe yet have its very own tone and style. It’s our bid for a college show with an ensemble of fascinating, complicated and at times deadly Young Supes. Michele and Tara are rocking geniuses, we’re happy to have them steer this ship, and grateful to Sony and Amazon for the opportunity. We love this show and can not wait to see it. Also, Baywatch Nights separated from Baywatch, and it had vampires. Vampires! “
Kripke goes on to tease:
“There’s definitely crossover, and we’re doing our best to design a universe that sees some of the issues and storylines in Season 3 hand off to the first season in Varsity. Like there’s a presidential campaign happening in the background of that season, and there’s certain things that are happening at that school that are both in reaction to Season 3 of The Boys. There’s Soldier Boy, etcetera, but also some new storylines that are happening in that season of the spinoff that we have to pick up and take into Season 4 of the show.”
Gen V: The Cast
Jaz Sinclair will play Marie Moreau. She is best known for her work as Rosalind Walker on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, will play Golden Boy. He has appeared in films such as The Benchwarmers, Grown Ups 2, and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. His first starring role was in Midnight Sun, released in 2018.
Sean Patrick Thomas, cast as Polarity, has a long list of credits, including For All Man Kind, The Good Fight, Barbershop, and Save the Last Dance. Marco Pigossi, a popular Brazilian performer, has been cast as Edison Cardosa.
Additional cast members include Shelly Conn, who played Lady Mary Sharma on Bridgerton; Chance Perdomo, who played Ambrose Spellman on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; Maddie Phillips, who received critical acclaim for her work on Netflix’s Teenage Bounty Hunter as Sterling Wesley; and Derek Luh, who played the purity ring-wearing teen neighbor Ryan on Shining Vale. Rounding out the cast are Asa Germann, Lizze Broadway, and London Thor. The performers introduced themselves and shared a few plot descriptions on Twitter by way of announcing the start of production.
No official release date has been set, although the show began production in May 2022.