The Boys Season 4: Release date, cast

The Boys Season 4 release date is just around the corner now. As we eagerly await the return of these crazy superheroes, here’s all we know about the cast, plot, and more.

It’s back, and it promises to be bloodier than ever—the funniest, most vicious superhero television series ever. And what do you know? We are eager!

These days, The Boys are the gift that never stops giving. In addition to being based on some of the greatest graphic novels available, viewers may also immerse themselves in the spinoff series, Gen V.

Though Gen V Season 2 will take some time to get out. Fortunately, though, The Boys Season 4 premiere date is approaching faster than a furious Homelander, so read on for all the details.

When is The Boys Season 4 release date?

The Boys Season 4 will premiere with two episodes on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

Its renewal was first reported by Deadline on June 10, 2022, a week after Season 3 hit Prime Video. In figures shared by the platform, The Boys’ global viewership has increased 17% from Season 1, and an incredible 234% from Season 2.

“From our first conversation with Eric Kripke and the creative team about Season 3 of The Boys, we knew the show was continuing to get even bolder— an impressive feat considering the wild success of the Emmy-nominated second season,” stated Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios.

“We’re thrilled to continue Butcher and The Boys’ fight against Homelander and The Seven, as well as comment on the insane world we’re living in,” showrunner Eric Kripke continued. Furthermore, this is the first time ever that an explosion of genitalia has resulted in further success.

In an interview with Collider ahead of production kicking off on The Boys Season 4, Karl Urban said: “I’m getting back, getting my Butcher back on, and I can’t wait. It’s a fun gang to play with, we work hard and play hard, and I can’t wait to see where they take the characters from where we leave them at the end of this season.”

Filming for The Boys Season 4 reportedly wrapped filming back in April 2023. In an April 9, 2024 tweet, Kripke shared that the episodes were “completely, totally, absolutely DONE” and ready for release.

“I’m really grateful and so proud of this cast & crew.” Kripke said of the season. “Could be our best yet.”

Is there a trailer for The Boys Season 4?

Yes, a new trailer for The Boys Season 4 dropped on May 3, 2024. Check it out below:

Additionally, a fictitious campaign announcement has surfaced that offers a glimpse into the Season 4 narrative. You can view it below:

In the video, Ashley Barrett, the CEO of Vought, claims that Homelander is now on trial for killing a civilian protestor at the very end of the previous season. She declares his innocence, mocking the American court system in the process, and begs viewers to tweet #HomeFree, which will surely serve as a lead-up to Season 4.

The Boys also unveiled a campaign video from Victoria Neuman, the show’s prospective vice president, with a Super Tuesday theme. Neuman provides some insight into what the Boys could encounter this season in the video.

Most interestingly, Neuman says that if she and Robert Singer are elected, they will do more to give Supes a “seat at the table” including creating a special position for them. Could that be hinting at putting Homelander in the US government or even the White House?

The Boys Season 4 cast

We know Anthony Starr will lead the way as Homelander once more, and that Karl Urban will reprise his role as Billy Butcher in The Boys Season 4 cast.

Other series regulars including Tomer Capone (Frenchie), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko), Jack Quaid (Hughie), and Laz Alonso (MM) will be joining them. Regarding the Supes, Erin Moriarty (Starlight), Dominique McElligott (Queen Maeve), Chace Crawford (The Deep), and Jessie T. Usher (A-Train) will all be making a comeback.

With Claudia Doumit continuing her role as the head-popping politician, Victoria Neuman will be the main antagonist for the upcoming season.

Two members of the Gen V cast will appear in the main series of The Boys, based on the most recent teaser. In the latest tease, Sam and Cate (Asa Germann and Maddie Phillips, respectively) are positioned close to A-Train, suggesting that they may be joining The Seven in the future.

The Boys Season 4 cast:

  • Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
  • Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell
  • Laz Alonso as MM
  • Tomer Capone as Frenchie
  • Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko
  • Erin Moriarty as Annie January/Starlight
  • Antony Starr as Homelander
  • Chace Crawford as The Deep
  • Dominique McElligott as Maggie Shaw/Queen Maeve
  • Jessie T. Usher as A-Train
  • Cameron Crovetti as Ryan
  • Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett
  • Claudia Doumit as Victoria Neuman
  • Asa Germann as Sam
  • Maddie Phillips as Cate
  • Valorie Curry as Firecracker
  • Susan Heywood as Sister Sage
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Joe Kessler
  • Simon Pegg as Hugh Campbell Sr.
  • Rosemarie DeWitt as Hughie’s mother
  • Rob Benedict
  • Elliot Knight

We’re also expecting Jensen Ackles to make a return as Soldier Boy. Kripke previously told Entertainment Tonight: “The old TV adage is like, never kill anyone unless you really, really have to. Never close a door, open a window. We’ll all have to wait and see, but I can’t imagine the series ending without Soldier Boy making another appearance.”

Cameron Crovetti, who plays Homelander’s son Ryan, has been bumped up to a series regular for Season 4. We’ve also got some new additions with Valorie Curry’s Firecracker and Susan Heyward’s Sister Sage. Neither of these characters have any origins in the comics.

In addition, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has formally been hired as a recurrent guest role in The Boys Season 4. It is believed that he will portray Joe Kessler, the comic book character known as Monkey.

Hughie’s father, played by Simon Pegg, will be back. He only made five appearances in Season 1, disappeared in Season 2, and then reappeared in Season 3. Rosemarie DeWitt, who plays Hughie’s mother but whom we haven’t yet met, will accompany him.

Rob Benedict from Supernatural and Elliot Knight from Once Upon a Time have both joined the cast in unspecified capacities.

The Boys Season 4 plot: What will it be about?

There is no official plot for The Boys Season 4 yet, but we know politics will play a bigger part than ever, as Butcher and the gang try to stop Victoria Neuman and Homelander from getting even more power.

Antony Starr as Homelander in The Boys Season 4

Kripke previously teased what to expect, telling Collider: “Moving forward, Ryan is a really important part of it. Both Butcher and Homelander have very good reasons to fight over Ryan, because the stakes could not be higher.

“The world would face a nightmare if Ryan follows Homelander’s lead and there are two Homelanders on the earth. The strongest defense Butcher has against Homelander is likely to be able to pull Ryan into the light. The theme of the show has always been family. I think it seems fitting that the focus of Season 4 is sons, because Fathers was a major theme of Season 3.

At the very end of Season 3, we know Homelander will be on trial for the death of a civilian protestor. Still, he seems to be the Captain of the Seven, and he could be set free without penalty.

Homelander’s Starr promised things are going to get even weirder in the next chapter. Speaking to Variety, he said The Boys “somehow gets weirder and weirder and weirder.” For one scene, he said “I was looking at the person I was opposite, and I said, ‘What are we doing? I can’t believe this! I could have done anything else with my life, but here I am doing this?’ It was truly the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done.”

That seems to be a common theme. In an interview with Collider, Pegg teased: “You know how crazy The Boys is? It’s gonna get crazier. I had so much fun on that show. It was so great to go back and play Hugh Sr. I love Jack [Quaid]. It was great to work with Rosemarie DeWitt, who plays Hughie’s mom, who comes back. It’s going to be great. You’re gonna love it.

“I’m in about four episodes, and it was a joy to be back. It’s a great crew. They are an amazing bunch of people, and that show is sick as fuck!”

Homelander in The Boys

We also know that The Boys spin-off show Gen V is going to act as a springboard for what’s to come.

“It was great to shoot Gen V because they tee up a lot of stuff that’s going to happen in season 4 for The Boys,” Claudia Doumit said during a pre-strike interview with EW. “Gen V lays a lot of the groundwork and a lot of the foundations that season 4 will be built on for The Boys. So, watch it because it gives you a lot of information.”

Kripke also affirmed the chronology between Gen V and Season 4 in a Variety interview. “In our imaginations, the events of Gen V occurred just a few days ago. The chronology is meant to be as basic as possible; everything is fairly modular. It is similar to the sequence of events that occurs following Gen V, The Boys Season 4, and The Boys Season 3. The second season of Gen V then begins. Everything resembles vehicles on a train more than a spaghetti plate.

The Boys Season 4: What happened in Season 3?

Neuman was exposed as a superpower at the conclusion of Season 3, having utilized her abilities to blow up a whole lot of heads in Congress. Additionally, we witnessed Homelander lose his composure in public and kill a protestor—a move that was applauded by his supporters.

Beginning the season as an employee of Neuman, Hughie went on the prowl for supermen with the resentful assistance of Butcher, Frenchie, and Kimiko.

The most graphic scene on the program to far was featured in the first episode, when Termite—basically the Ant-Man of the show—crawled inside his boyfriend’s penis and sneezed, causing him to burst open and spill his guts onto the floor underneath the bed.

Maeve has been secretly assisting Butcher behind Vought’s back, providing him with a temporary Compound V that gives him superpowers, namely superstrength and laser vision. She advises him to look into Soldier Boy’s and Payback’s deaths since they could have information on a weapon that might kill Homelanders.

Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy in The Boys Season 3

Hughie rejoins the former group and they travel to Russia after discovering that Neuman is a superman, who also betrays Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) and passes over control of Vought to Homelander. They find Soldier Boy there, alive but not feeling well. He unleashes a powerful radioactive blast that immobilizes Kimiko.

Oh, and Hughie acquires the capacity to teleport after obtaining Compound V. Starlight begs him to quit, but Hughie refuses, endangering their relationship. Starlight is certain about it.

The Boys partner up with Soldier Boy to help find the former Payback supes who betrayed him, against the demands of MM, who wants retaliation for Soldier Boy killing his grandpa by tossing a vehicle through his apartment. In return, he vows to murder homelander.

Homelander hugging Starlight in The Boys Season 3

Homelander, meanwhile, has been progressively deviating from reality from the premiere episode. Stormfront begins in the midst of a nightmarish PR campaign after being exposed as a Nazi, which only gets worse when, hours before his birthday special, Stormfront takes her own life by cutting off her tongue.

Nevertheless, things improve when Homelander goes on a far-right tirade during his celebrations, which causes his ratings to soar. In addition, Starlight’s enormous viewership has compelled her to pretend to be in a relationship with Homelander, a show that is horrifyingly called “Homelight.”

The much anticipated Herogasm, a weekend-long orgy for superheroes, was finally revealed in Episode 6. Aside from the sexual content, it includes one of the best superhero battles ever seen on television, with Homelander, Butcher, and Soldier Boy. Remarkably, Homelander is defeated, but not before making a swift getaway.

After openly quitting from The Seven and loudly criticizing Homelander in a livestream, Starlight is staying quiet in Episode 7. Reluctantly, she assists Kimiko in recovering her Compound V from the tower so that she can regain her abilities following Soldier Boy’s explosion.

As Hughie, Butcher, and Soldier Boy pursue Mindstorm, we discover more about Black Noir’s background. He was severely beaten and mistreated by Soldier Boy during his time in the Payback squad, which made other supes angry with him.

Through a cartoon flashback, we also learn that Stan Edgar gave Black Noir the order to kill Soldier Boy during an operation in Nicaragua so that Homelander could be accommodated. Soldier Boy pummeled him so hard during the next fight that half of his face melted and his skull shattered.

But the most impactful part comes in the last few seconds: Calling Homelander, Soldier Boy admits he’s his father.

In the epilogue, Homelander pays Ryan a visit and, sensing his loneliness, assures him that she will always take care of him. Butcher tries to persuade Soldier Boy to continue killing Homelander while he struggles with his latest revelation.

After Black Noir makes amends with Homelander and returns to Vought Tower, Homelander tears out Black Noir’s insides when he finds out he was aware of Soldier Boy the entire time.

When Soldier Boy tries to kill Ryan, everyone gathers at the tower, where Butcher and Soldier Boy battle. Butcher and Homelander form a temporary alliance as a result, albeit the latter gets into a fight with Maeve.

As Butcher heals from using temporary V, Starlight joins The Boys. The only issue is that he’s been told he doesn’t have much more than a year and a half to live.

As the episode is about to end, Homelander descends upon his supporters and introduces them to Ryan. When a Starlight fan shouts “fascist” at Homelander, he blasts his head off in front of everyone. Instead of being condemned, Homelander’s met with cheers, putting a chilling smile across his face.

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