This post-credits scene in Multiverse of Madness strangely ties into Prime Video’s superhero parody series.
[Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers for “The Boys” Season 3 premiere.]
A fake movie set in a real genre parody show with a surprise A-list cameo from a real superhero movie? Yes, our heads are spinning great right now.
Within the first minute of the premiere of Prime Video’s third season of “The Boy,” Oscar-winner Charlize Theron takes on the acting duties of the disgraced Supe Stormfront (Aya Cash), revealed to be the timeless Nazi who helped bring about the sinister Vought -Conglomerate set up century ago. Stormfront’s ex and leader of Avengers-meets-Justice-League superhero group The Seven, Homelander (Anthony Starr) has to go on an apology spree for “falling in love with the wrong woman” — and that means Vought International in similarly leading must be a PR blitz, including recasting Stormfront in the upcoming Dawn of the 7 movie.
“The Boys” introduced the fictional production of “Dawn of the 7” in season 2, and after Stormfront’s true identity was leaked in last season’s finale, Vought recast her with Theron and firmly placed the Stormfront character as a Nazi villain of the film.
“You will always be in my heart, but the Fourth Reich is in my soul,” Theron says of Homelander as a version of Stormfront. “Join me and we can reign together for a thousand years.”
Prime Video has marketed “Dawn of the 7” like a real Amazon streaming movie, including an official website and plot synopsis for “The Boys” movie within a series joke.
“When darkness falls over the world and all hope seems lost, seven heroes will rise,” the logline reads. “Seven that will stand. Seven who will fight. Seven to restore light and hope and see the sun rise in a new era. This is the true story of the greatest team of superheroes the world has ever seen. This is the dawn of the seven.”
Theron last appeared in the indeed Superhero ensemble film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the sorceress Clea, who eventually marries Doctor Strange in the comics and later becomes Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme.
So, is the timing of Theron’s super surprise on The Boys just a few weeks after the premiere of Doctor Strange 2 really a coincidence?
It’s all part of the larger meta-game of The Boys series: just look at the other plot details for direct parodies of the film industry as a whole.
On the series, Adam Bourke (PJ Byrne) was the filmmaker hired to direct and write Dawn of the 7, although the screenplay was rewritten by Joss Whedon, a nod to Whedon, who took over from Zack Snyder’s Justice League”. A reference to Tony Gilroy reshooting Dawn of the 7 also refers to Lucasfilm hiring the screenwriter to oversee the reshoots of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
And with Theron replacing Stormfront (Cash) in the movie-within-the-show, Vought is forced to present “Dawn of the 7” on the Vought+ streaming service, prompting fans to take a social media stance #ReleaseTheBourkeCut campaign identical to #ReleasetheSnyderCut that led to “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” on HBO Max.
Snyder even joked about the “Dawn of the 7” joke Twitter, write, “Congratulations to Director Bourke. Excited to see your vision come true” after Amazon released the fake trailer for the film.
As for Theron, we don’t have to wait long to see her as another franchise villain: Theron reprises her villainous role as Cipher in Fast X, the tenth Fast and Furious movie currently in production.
The Boys season 3 is streaming now.
Congratulations to Director Bourke. Excited to see your vision realized.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 20, 2022
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