Though Zach Braff may not be very well-known among younger viewers, the former “Scrubs” star and “Garden State” director was a pop culture force in the mid-’00s. He also has a bit of a controversial history, much like “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon, who “The Boys” previously took a jab at.
Still, it can’t be overstated enough how much gall it takes to target the beloved “WandaVision” when there are much easier low-hanging fruit to mock from the television stable of Marvel adaptations like “Inhumans” or Netflix’s “Iron Fist.” All the same, as usual, the joke works in “Gen V,” despite how much fans might love the Disney+ series.
Fortunately for Marvel fans, “The Boys” universe is just as likely to take on the DC side of the comics aisle. After all, Homelander (Antony Starr) and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) are obvious send-ups of DC heroes, and the original series also features a movie called “Dawn of the Seven,” a clear satirical take on “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Who will be next to feel the sting of “The Boys” wit as “Gen V” continues to air will remain to be seen, but if the targets thus far are any indication, no franchise, movie, TV show, or hero is safe from the writers behind one of TV’s best fictional universes.