The third season premiere of The Boys opened with their most shocking and gruesome sequence to date when an Ant-Man-esque character Termite shrank himself and crawled inside his lover's penis to titillate him from the inside. Unfortunately, as he was going his way through the prostate, he suddenly sneezed which led him to go back to his normal size and explode his partner in the process.
The sequence reminded fans of a popular MCU fan theory regarding how Ant-Man should have shrunk himself and gone inside Thanos' butt and expand inside in order to easily defeat him. As it turns out, the scene was indeed inspired by that popular fan theory according to The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke when he spoke to Variety.
"Craig Rosenberg wrote the script and deserves most of the blame for it," Kripke said. "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.’"
He continued, "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. And so, once you take butts off the table, there’s really only so many orifices you can go in. And it was Craig 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. And it was so funny."
Kripke also revealed that the production design team did build an actual giant penis on the set in order to practically film the scene. "Even though it was very much sweetened by the effects, that is a practical penis," he said. "That is an 11-foot high, 20-foot long penis head that has a urethra, a tunnel in it, and built at great expense. We got Sony and Amazon to pay so much money to build this set. And it’s just another reason why I love my job."
The sequence was definitely the most-talked-about moment so far in the season that still had a lot of fans shocked even up to this moment because of how bonkers, raunchy, and bloody the entire scene is. It's not surprising to hear that they were inspired by the fan theory since they always do homage or lampoon some of the events and theories that we're seeing in comic book movies. It would be interesting to see if they have more craziness in store for the rest of the season.
New episodes of The Boys season 3 premiere every Friday on Prime Video.