The Boys has become a worldwide sensation, mainly thanks to the clever way it mocks superhero culture. Both the streaming series and the original comic portray superheroes as narcissistic celebrities at best, and sociopathic monsters at worst. In an era where superheroes dominate media, it’s a refreshing (although cynical) take on the very concept of heroism and celebrity. But what if Marvel heroes came to The Boys? It’s time for a MCU and The Boys mashup.
YouTube channel Alternative Cuts has created a hilarious parody video that perfectly edits Marvel heroes into scenes from The Boys. And it pulls no punches. You can watch it in full right here:
Most of the footage used comes from a conversation between Hughie and Billy Butcher from The Boys’ pilot episode. Butcher explains the truth about Supes to the then-innocent Hughie. Only now, they’ve littered the scene with promotional material from the MCU. You can see posters for movies like Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more. The video also includes some cleverly edited footage of a drunk Tony Stark going on a dangerous rampage from Iron Man 2. Only this time, there are casualties. As would be common in the debased world of the Seven.
Despite using lots of MCU signage, the footage in the video seems to poke the most fun at a non-MCU hero, Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. (Although, we guess he’s technically part of the MCU now, thanks to No Way Home). The mashup includes a lot of edited footage of Maguire’s Peter Parker being an outright menace. Although most of it is from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, a lot of it is new footage made to resemble Maguire’s Spidey. While it’s fun seeing the Marvel heroes be total jerks, we’re glad they’re the (mostly) nice guys they are. The Boys is fantastic, but we like our jerk superheroes in limited doses, thanks.