How The Boys 3.1 Pulled Off THAT Scene and Cameo [SPOILERS]

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Well, that first episode of The Boys series 3 started with a bang. Literally. When a superhero named Termite shrinks down to enter a partner’s urethra, it’s all fun and games till he sneezes and accidentally regrows. And if you were thinking this scene was inspired by jokes about Ant-Man going up Thanos’ behind, you’re absolutely correct, as showrunner Eric Kripke just confirmed to Variety. [Warning: the Variety article spoils plot points from other episodes as well]

“These evolve in a writers’ room and the evolution of that sequence started with, ‘We need The Boys to fight a superhero.’ So then we ask, ‘What big superhero haven’t we done yet?’ Someone says, ‘We haven’t done Ant-Man.’ And then someone else says, ‘There’s that meme of Ant-Man climbing up Thanos’ butt and blowing him up. So we should do that. We should give the audience the thing that Marvel can’t give to them.’ Then someone else raises their hand, hilariously, and says, ‘Didn’t we already do an ass explosion?’ Which we did, in Season 1, with Translucent, which is hilarious.”

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Kripke continued: “And so, once you take butts off the table, there’s really only so many orifices you can go in. And it was Craig [Rosenberg] who mounted that argument. He’s like, ‘Look, the mouth isn’t funny and the butt has been done.’ So we’re going to blaze some new trail through the eye of the needle, as it were.” He confirms, “That is an 11-foot high, 20-foot long penis head that has a urethra, a tunnel in it, and built at great expense.”

In another Marvel-adjacent moment, The Boys landed the exact same surprise celebrity cameo as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Charlize Theron. In this case, she plays herself, as a last-minute substitute actress for Stormfront in “The Bourke Cut” of Dawn of the Seven. “Like most cameos on our show, it follows the rigorous and stringent screening process of whoever returns Seth Rogen’s phone calls,” Kripke says, noting the two had just made Long Shot together. They did not know about Doctor Strange at the time. “I was in the theater watching Doctor Strange with my kids and then that cameo came up and I was like, ‘Yes!’” Kripke adds. “Anything we can do to draw a line between us and Marvel is a good day.”

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Recommended Reading: The Boys Omnibus Vol. 3

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