Eric Kripke clarifies “The Boys: Mexico” spinoff is 'a while away' from being official (exclusive)

The showrunner of the main series and executive producer behind the spinoffs gives an update on the franchise's future.

While The Boys universe continues to expand between the mothership show and the Gen V live-action spinoff, we're still a ways away from seeing the next big supe-centric drama that's currently in development.

Gael García Bernal confirmed last December that he's working on a new spinoff series for The Boys that's set in Mexico, with Blue Beetle scribe Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer reportedly writing the treatment. "I'm very excited about what we can do, because we can do something very interesting in Latin America," Bernal told Variety at the time.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of The Boys season 4, the conductor of this television franchise, Eric Kripke, says we're still "a while away" from that coming to fruition.

<p> Courtesy of Prime Video; Frazer Harrison/Getty</p> Gael Garcia Bernal is developing a Mexico-set spinoff series for 'The Boys'

Courtesy of Prime Video; Frazer Harrison/Getty

Gael Garcia Bernal is developing a Mexico-set spinoff series for 'The Boys'

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"They are still making the deal with the writer for the pilot," Kripke tells EW. "He has an amazing pitch, and we all giggle and think about how fun it would be. But there are a lot of hurdles for that show before it's a real show. He's got to write an amazing pilot, he's probably got to write an amazing episode 2. I think he can and he will, but we're a while away from truly starting to drop in the Easter eggs and the setups and stuff."

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The true hurdle for a spinoff to be a part of The Boys universe, according to Kripke, is whether it's strong enough to stand on its own if the main series didn't exist. That's why Gen V was greenlit. The college-set spinoff followed Marie Moreau (Jaz Sinclair), a teen with the power to manipulate and weaponize blood, who enrolled in Godolkin University, the premier college for young supes with a sinister secret that Marie and her new friends uncovered. Even though the events of Gen V directly bleed over onto The Boys season 4 (premiering June 13 on Prime Video), Kripke admits he's "really sensitive" to this subject.

"I really don't want people to feel they have to watch one [show] to understand the other," he explains. "I never want it to feel like homework or mandatory viewing. I think that's hurt Marvel in a certain amount of ways, and I don't want to do that. I want you to watch both shows. It certainly expands your enjoyment and experience of both shows because you understand some of the backstory of where things came from, but by no means do you have to."

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The Boys season 4 now sees a terminally ill Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) with months left to live discovering a man-made virus that can kill supes — the same virus that played a huge part in Gen V. This new weapon couldn't have arrived at a better time as Homelander (Antony Starr) continues radicalizing his extremist supporters in the name of supe supremacy. Actors Maddie Phillips and Asa Germann from Gen V are also reprising their characters for this season.

"I have an ending in mind for The Boys. We'll see how long it takes to get there," Kripke says. "And then Gen V is its own animal that will have its own ending. They inform each other, but we let each one breathe on its own."

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