The war between corrupt, evil superheroes and a ragtag band of vigilantes out to expose their true nature and curb the power of "super" in society will escalate dramatically, judging by the first teaser for S2 of The Boys. The Amazon Prime series—one of the most-watched on the streaming platform when it debuted last year—is based on the comics of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
(S1 spoilers below.)
The Boys is set in a fictional universe where superheroes are real but corrupted by corporate interests and a toxic celebrity-obsessed culture. Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) is a self-appointed vigilante intent on checking the bad behavior of the so-called "supes"—especially The Seven, the most elite superhero squad and, hence, the most corrupt. Butcher especially hates Seven leader Homelander (Antony Starr), a psychopath who raped his now-dead wife. Butcher recruits an equally traumatized young man named Hugh "Hughie" Campbell (Jack Quaid, son of Dennis) to help in his revenge, after another Seven member, A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) used his super-speed to literally run through Hughie's girlfriend, killing her instantly.
At the same time, an idealistic young woman with powers, Starlight (Erin Moriarty), has just joined the ranks of The Seven, but the harsh reality of her coveted position doesn't match up to her dreams. In addition to Homelander and A-Train, her new super-cohorts include The Deep (Chace Crawford) who can breathe underwater and converse with the creatures there; Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), who is burnt out and disillusioned with the superhero life; Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), who has superhuman strength and rarely speaks; and Translucent (Alex Hassell), who turns invisible by changing his skin into a carbon meta-material that warps light around him. He's not above taking advantage of that ability to indulge his perverse voyeuristic tendencies.
In the first season, Butcher and Hughie join forces with Marvin, aka Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko, aka The Female (Karen Fukuhara). She has enhanced strength and healing abilities thanks to being injected with a performance-enhancing substance called Compound-V. The Boys track the source of the compound back to Vought International, the parent corporation behind the Seven, which has been using it to create more superheroes. But someone else has gotten their hands on Compound-V and is using it to create superpowered terrorists.