With the long-awaited “Invincible” season 2, “The Boys” season 4, “Foodtopia,” and “Gen V” all on the way, fans of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s television shows won’t be hurting for jaw-dropping butchery, debauchery, and other miscellaneous depravity in the future. “Gen V,” in particular, promises to be off the chain in that regard, what with it being a college comedy (itself a sub-genre that’s been historically prone to naughtiness). In fact, Rogen told Empire “every single one of them” has scenes that can go toe-to-toe with the most infamous moments from “The Boys,” the extraordinarily disturbing “Thanus”-inspired Termite sex scene included.
“‘Gen V’ has some really crazy s*** in it,” Rogen said. “The fact that they’re in college, they’re a little younger, makes it more shocking maybe.” Getting Prime Video to sign off on these shenanigans isn’t as difficult as you might imagine, either. According to Rogen:
“In general, if you’re making an R-rated thing, they let you do whatever the f*** you want, unless there’s some real legal thing that they think you might be bumping against. With ‘The Boys,’ maybe it requires one extra five-minute phone call, where they’re like, ‘Really?’, and you’re like, ‘Really.’ There are other things you’re on hours of phone calls about that are so much less interesting than that.”
“More shocking,” of course, is no guarantee of sharper satire or stronger storytelling, so it remains to be seen how “Gen V” fares in that department. That said, the spiraling costs and diminishing box office returns of several recent live-action Marvel and DC movies (coupled with their overall lack of inventiveness) have certainly kept the world of superheroes a prime target for continued ribbing by the likes of Rogen and Goldberg.
“Gen V” is expected to premiere on Prime Video in 2023.