THE Boys has not only become the biggest smash hit on Amazon Prime, but it’s beaten every Marvel show in terms of popularity too.
A few years ago Marvel dominated both the box office and the streaming services for superhero content.
However, in the run up to the launch of Disney+, the corporation has been axing their popular Netflix shows Jessica Jones, Daredevil and The Punisher.
Maybe that’s just as well, as Amazon Prime’s skewering of the superhero genre, The Boys, is now one of the biggest superhero shows of all time.
According to a chart released by Parrot Analytics, The Boys garnered close to 50million Demand Expressions per day in its fifth week of release.
A Demand Expression is a measurement for total audience demand for a title within a country or platform.
The closest rival to this from Marvel is Jessica Jones, with just over 20million expressions during the same period. The other titles are all lagging behind.
This doesn’t mean The Boys have complete dominance, though, as Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy – based on the comics by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá – became the biggest show in the US on its release.
Both shows turn the superhero genre on its head with its depictions of the caped crusaders.
The Boys, based on the comics by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson and produced by Seth Rogen, follows a group of vigalentes hell bent on ending the dominance of superheroes in society.
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Their main targets are The Seven – incredibly powerful beings who appear to the public as heroes but use their powers for villainy.
They are led by Homelander, a man with all the powers of Superman but none of the moral compass.
Amazon Prime has already commissioned a second series, with regulars Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie), and Erin Moriarty (Annie/Starlight) set to return.
Meanwhile, Disney is gearing up to launch their streaming service and have announced a whole slate of superhero shows to keep fans happy.
Fans can expect The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki on the platform from late 2020 to early 2021.
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