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Small Details You Missed In The Boys Season 3 Trailer

The Boys are back in town, and they're just as violent and profane as ever.

On March 12, Amazon Prime Video released a trailer for the upcoming 3rd season of its hit superhero series "The Boys," and based on what we've seen, it looks like the show won't be missing a beat after that huge Season 2 finale. Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), and the rest of the titular team are still looking to take down Supes after defeating Stormfront (Aya Cash). But for every one Supe they deal with, two more seem to spring up in their place.

From Homelander (Antony Starr) threatening his fellow members of the Seven to people exploding randomly, the new trailer offers a lot to take in. And while it's easy to get distracted with all of the mayhem and guts flying everywhere, there are subtle references, clues, and Easter eggs within the trailer that may require a second watch to truly grasp. Here are some of the details you might have missed in "The Boys" Season 3 trailer to get you excited for the June 3 premiere.

Will Soldier Boy's storyline mirror Captain America's?

One of the most exciting additions to "The Boys" Season 3 is Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles). He's a prominent force in the comics, and now, he's set to make his live-action debut. But as tends to be the case with new Supes on "The Boys," there's likely more to this character than first meets the eye. 

As one can guess from his uniform and name, Soldier Boy is effectively a stand-in for Captain America in this universe. His personal history even dates him back to World War II, much like Cap from the world of Marvel. But the allusions seemingly go much deeper than that. At one point in the trailer, we see a person sitting in front of papers on a wall, one of which is a newspaper with a headline that refers to "Our Fallen Soldier Boy." 

It sounds as though he died in the line of duty, but if he's truly a Captain America knock-off, perhaps he just has a similar origin where the world believes he sacrificed himself during WWII, only to be revived decades later. Then again, several people have held the title of "Soldier Boy" in the comics, so perhaps it will have a similar legacy attached to it in Season 3. It could make for a particularly prudent development seeing how the mantle of Captain America has recently switched bearers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Meet the Crimson Countess

Jensen Ackles' Soldier Boy isn't the only new Supe coming to "The Boys" Season 3, as the trailer gives fans a look at "The Walking Dead" alum Laurie Holden as the Crimson Countess. Yes, in case it wasn't obvious, she's the one in the red outfit and domino mask. The Crimson Countess is a parody of Marvel's Scarlet Witch, and she also has similar powers to Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) in the MCU. In the trailer, we see this new hero throwing a red energy blast at someone dressed as Homelander, which makes them explode into a million gory pieces. So, she'll be a perfect addition to the Seven — if she's not already on another superhero team, that is.

In the comics, Crimson Countess is a member of Payback, the second most popular team in "The Boys" universe after the Seven (via IGN). It's worth noting that Stormfront is also on Payback in the source material, and Aya Cash played the fascist villain in Season 2. So, it's possible we could see other members of the team in Season 3.

The Boys trailer features parodies of real-world political events

After watching "The Boys" Season 3 trailer, it's clear that the show, a sharp satire at its core, is not shying away from parodying major real-life political moments in its upcoming season.

Firstly, we see A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) show up at a protest seemingly to help keep the peace ... only to pull out and promote a soda called Turbo Rush. For those familiar with a certain viral moment starring Kendall Jenner and a Pepsi can, the image looks familiar. In 2017, Jenner starred in an ad for Pepsi, in which she hands a can of the soft drink to a police officer starring down a group of protestors, which elicits applause from the crowd. The ad was soon pulled for "trivializing" the Black Lives Matter movement and "minimizing the danger protesters encounter and the frustration they feel," as reported by the New York Times. As "The Boys" points out, some public figures — or large soda companies — will bank on any kind of well-known movement to advertise their products.

Secondly, in one short clip, we see a crowd of Homelander (Antony Starr) fans holding signs in support of the leader of the Seven. One of the members of the crowd is wearing a headdress with horns — just like Jacob Chansley, aka the QAnon Shaman of the January 6 Capitol Riots. In November 2021, Chansley was sentenced to 41 months (via CNN).

A newspaper clipping teases the possible arrival of Tek Knight

Right at 27 seconds into this latest trailer for "The Boys" Season 3, amidst a number of newspaper clippings about various superhero activities, is a headline that reads: "Woman Paralyzed in Tek Knight Hostage Rescue." Viewers with knowledge of the comic book series on which the show is based should remember Tek Knight as a sort of exaggerated mashup of Batman and Iron Man. Just like the two heroes that serve as the basis for his character, Tek Knight has no superpowers of his own, which also sets him apart from most of the Supes in the universe of "The Boys." Instead, he relies on a mechanical suit to accomplish superheroic feats.

This isn't the first time "The Boys" has teased the introduction of Tek Knight. Previously, perhaps alluding to the same incident, a woman at a support group revealed that Tek Knight damaged her spine. Since Tek Knight has yet to appear in the live-action adaptation of "The Boys," this latest reference to his existence in the TV series' universe seems to be a possible clue that the show's producers plan on introducing the character at some point, whether or not that ends up happening in Season 3.

Are The Boys using Compound V?

It seems that the 3rd season of "The Boys" will be venturing further into the pages of the comic book the show is based on. Besides the appearance of Soldier Boy and mentions of Tek Knight, a significant takeaway from this preview may be that Butcher and potentially other members of his team are finally going to get powered up, thus changing the playing field forever.

Among the blink or you'll miss them moments, there is some evidence that our favorite gang of Supe-killers may be taking their own version of the Supe-creating serum Compound V. Besides showing Butcher testing out heat vision that could match even a staredown with Homelander, we also see him throwing up all over Hughie, whose track record of being covered in some form of unspeakable fluid looks to be untarnished this season. Interestingly, the teaser also shows The Boys' newest recruit enduring his arm being brutally snapped and Butcher not batting an eye. Could the reaction be down to the fact that Hughie also takes some V? And does that mean the live-action character's narrative could be lining up with his comic book counterpart? It'll be a tough pill to swallow for our hero, if so.