From 'The Boys' to 'Ms. Marvel' and 'She-Hulk,' here are the superhero shows to watch this summer

Brian Truitt
USA TODAY

The Boys are back on TV this summer, not to mention a bunch of superpowered siblings, a DC cartoon fan favorite, a couple of Marvel heroines making their debut and the king of dreams.

While “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” and the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder” are exploding on the big screen, streaming superhero shows based on comic books will keep fanboys and girls satisfied. Some, like Amazon’s “The Boys,” are returning, while others such as Disney+’s “Ms. Marvel” (arriving this week) add freshness to the spandex-clad adventures over the next few months.

Here are seven super-duper series to watch if you’re into heroic shenanigans or delicious villainy:

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Billy Butcher (Karl Urban, left) confronts unhinged superhero Homelander (Antony Starr) in the third season of "The Boys."

'The Boys' (Amazon Prime)

The third season of the show about superheroes who are corporately funded jerks finds Karl Urban and Jack Quaid’s group of “supe”-fighting antiheroes going to extremes to fight caped psychopath Homelander (Antony Starr) – including getting a morally questionable taste of powers themselves.

Devoted Captain Marvel fan Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) gets superpowers and becomes a New Jersey teen superhero in "Ms. Marvel."

'Ms. Marvel' (Disney+, Wednesday)

Canadian newcomer Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan, the first Muslim hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A teenager – and devoted Captain Marvel superfan – from Jersey City, New Jersey, Kamala becomes mysteriously endowed with abilities and has to figure out how to use them while trying not to disappoint her Pakistani parents.

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The Hargreeves siblings (from left, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda and Robert Sheehan) return from 1963 to find a broken timeline and new enemies in the third season of Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy."

'The Umbrella Academy' (Netflix, June 22)

After stopping an apocalypse in 1963 last season, the disparate Hargreeves siblings (including Elliot Page, Tom Hopper and Emmy Raver-Lampman) return home to present day in Season 3 and find the timeline has been broken, a family of young superheroes known as the Sparrow Academy has taken their place, and the hostile new kids don’t take kindly to strangers.

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Health care companion robot Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) sets out to help the residents of San Fransokyo in the Disney+ animated comedy “Baymax!"

'Baymax!' (Disney+, June 29)

The spinoff of the animated 2014 film “Big Hero 6” focuses on lovable health care companion robot Baymax (voiced by “30 Rock” actor Scott Adsit) as he embraces his core programming of helping people and gets into all sorts of comedic high jinks aiding the residents of San Fransokyo and the occasional stray cat.

Tom Sturridge stars as Dream in "The Sandman," a Netflix dark fantasy based on Neil Gaiman's 1990s comic book series.

'The Sandman' (Netflix, Aug. 5)

The seminal Neil Gaiman comic finally comes to the screen in this dark fantasy series starring Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, Dream of the Endless, who’s summoned and captured on Earth but escapes to fix his cosmic and human mistakes. Among the impressive supporting cast, “Game of Thrones” actress Gwendoline Christie co-stars as Lucifer and Kirby Howell-Baptiste plays Death.

The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) gives his cousin Jen (Tatiana Maslany) a crash course in being a superhero in Marvel's "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law."

'She-Hulk: Attorney at Law' (Disney+, Aug. 17)

The MCU gets its own legal comedy, headlined by Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black") as Jennifer Walters, who can transform into a muscular powerhouse just like her cousin the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). She’s tapped as the face of a new superhero law division of her firm, and while she yearns to be an ordinary attorney, Jen instead becomes a green-skinned phenomenon.

Ivy (voiced by Lake Bell, left) and Harley (Kaley Cuoco) enjoy each other's company in the third season of the HBO Max animated comedy "Harley Quinn."

'Harley Quinn' (HBO Max, late summer)

Kaley Cuoco voices the foul-mouthed Gotham City bad girl in a cartoon comedy that’s definitely not for youngsters. The third season features Harley and her beloved Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) – who left Kite Man at the altar – exploring their new relationship, the return of King Shark (Ron Funches) and new folks including Nightwing (Harvey Guillen) and James Gunn (as himself).