If Disney isn’t going to make any “X-Men” films or TV shows anytime soon, well Amazon and “The Boys” are ready to beat the studio to the punch. It was recently revealed that the streaming service had greenlit development of a new spinoff of its massive hit, “The Boys,” focused on a group of supes in college. Well, according to a new interview with The Wrap, showrunner Eric Kripke confirmed that the show is actually going to take inspiration from the “X-Men” mythos for the new series.
For those not aware, “The Boys” is based on a long-running comic book series of the same name that not only told the story of the group of people tasked with taking down The 7 (the universe’s version of the Justice League), but the series also fleshed out its own entire universe, including analogs for the X-Men, called the G-Men. And apparently, the G-Men are going to figure into this new untitled spinoff coming to Amazon.
“I would say it’s loosely inspired by an element of the comics, which is the G-Men. Part of the G-Men is there’s sort of an educational, college experience,” Kripke said. “And we just used that as a jumping-off point, kind of similar to ‘The Boys,’ where we sort of take an initial notion and then we are going to run with it in our own weird direction.”
Of course, don’t expect a typical version of the X-Men in the spinoff. This is “The Boys” after all. And in the comics, the G-Men are anything but typical. Much like their Marvel counterparts, the G-Men were created by a single man that runs a school to help train heroes. However, in “The Boys” universe, the G-Men were kidnapped by their teacher and given constant injections of Compound V to give them superpowers (or die). Then they were given unlimited money and no rules, which led to some serious debauchery.
Those worried that the success of “The Boys” means the studio is going to rush out multiple spinoffs and try to flood the world with a brand new cinematic universe, don’t fret. According to Kripke, this is a special case.
“Me and Seth and Evan and Craig Rosenberg, we don’t feel the need to jam spinoffs out there,” Kripke explained. “We were just talking and we stumbled onto this idea and we were so excited about it, we took it to Amazon. Because we think there’s a real opportunity to see another part of the Vought world. But probably, more importantly, to make a show that isn’t really made that often, which is what we love about it, which is, as ‘The Boys’ is an unflinching look at reality, the goal for this is to make this superhero show one of the most realistic college shows anyone’s made. And really deal with real college issues and really explore what it’s like to be that age.”
It’s unclear when the G-Men-focused spinoff will arrive on Amazon, but it’s clear the studio is trying to move fast to get the show in production.