Antony Starr's performance as the maniacal superhero Homelander in Amazon series The Boys is one of the clear highlights of the show. With the second season due to be released in a few months' time, Starr has now shared a pretty ominous black-and-white photo of the character offering a nice, big, hug. A hug that will no doubt end in tears.

Though Antony Starr attempts to persuade us that Homelander is cuddly, anyone who has seen the show should know better than to enter the open arms of the psychopathic superhero. Along with the photo, Starr also teases a lot of blood when The Boys returns, something that is a more likely than any comforting cuddles.

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While we wait to see exactly what kind of murderous shenanigans Homelander will be getting up to in the second season, with the actor offering plenty of details regarding the character's upcoming journey. "Of course, he is always gonna be looking for a new mommy, or maybe daddy who knows," he recently teased.

That "daddy" figure could very well be new addition Stan Edgar, played by The Mandalorian baddie Giancarlo Esposito, who, according to Starr, is going to bring some turbulence to the show. "Homelander thinks he's the most important player in the game, so to speak, but Edgar very much comes from a different angle," Starr said of the relationship between the super and his new boss. "He represents a big corporation and he really puts Homelander into a very interesting position for a superhero that is used to getting his own way and being so strong and in control. Edgar really throws the cat amongst the pigeons there and it sets old Homey off on a bizarre trajectory."

Coming courtesy of Amazon Prime, The Boys is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The series is set in a universe where superpowered individuals are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by powerful corporation Vought International, which markets and monetizes them. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. The series primarily focuses on two groups: The Seven, Vought International's premier superhero team, and the titular Boys, vigilantes looking to keep the corrupted heroes under control.

Season 2 is set to introduce several new characters alongside Esposito's Mr. Edgar, including Aya Cash's rival superhero Stormfront, and X-Men alumni Shawn Ashmore's troublesome retired super, Lamplighter. The Boys stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as the Female, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, and Chace Crawford as the Deep.

The second season of The Boys will premiere on Prime Video with the first three episodes on Friday, September 4, and new episodes available each Friday following, culminating in an epic season finale on October 9. The show has already been renewed for a third season. This comes to us courtesy of Antony Starr's official Twitter account.

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