In Season 3 of The Boys, there are a lot of similarities between Karl Urban’s character Billy Butcher and his biggest enemy, Homelander (Antony Starr). When the season starts, neither man is in the best shape. Homelander’s relationship with Stormfront (Aya Cash) and Starlight (Erin Moriarty) making her co-captain of the Seven has made him unpopular with the public. Butcher, on the other hand, feels limited by the new deal the Boys have with the Bureau of Superhero Affairs and hurt that Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) left the Boys to work for the Bureau. They will soon both go down a slippery slope. Homelander takes over Vought after getting rid of its CEO Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito). Along the way, he puts the other members of the Seven through physical and mental torture. Butcher, on the other hand, starts to take a temporary version of Compound V by mouth. This gives him superpowers, but it also makes the other Boys dislike him. And the most recent episode, “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed,” ties them together even more by showing that they’ve both been hurt in the past.
Throughout the season, Butcher has been looking for the weapon that can finally kill Homelander. This leads him and the Boys to find out that Homelander’s predecessor, Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles), wasn’t as dead as everyone thought. After some very painful experiments by Russian scientists, the patriotic superhero can now fire a radioactive beam that takes the Compound V out of someone’s bloodstream, making them powerless. Butcher and Hughie make a deal with Soldier Boy: if they help him find and kill the members of his old superhero team, Payback, who sold him to the Russians, he’ll help them kill Homelander. In “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed,” the three friends are trying to find the hero Mindstorm. However, Mindstorm traps Butcher in a psychic nightmare where he remembers his childhood. Mindstorm also shows why Payback betrayed Soldier Boy: Vought wanted to make a new hero out of Soldier Boy’s DNA to replace him. So, the big news is that Soldier Boy is in fact Homelander’s father!
Most of “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed” is about how that relationship came to be, as well as Butcher’s problems with his father Sam (Brendan Murray). Sam would beat up young Billy and his brother Lenny (Jack Fulton) all the time, and he would always put down Lenny for being more in touch with his feelings. This made Billy act out at school: when confronted by a teacher for selling weed, he attacks the teacher, and when Lenny begs him not to join the SAS, Billy snaps, “You can’t be a poof all your life!” — basically saying the same thing his father said to Lenny. This leads to Lenny killing himself, which has been a problem for Butcher ever since.
Butcher has to deal with the fact that he may be killing Hughie the same way he killed his younger brother, as if that wasn’t bad enough. In Season 2, Butcher’s aunt Judy (Barbara Gordon) says that Hughie looks just like Lenny, and Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) says that Hughie is Butcher’s “canary,” or more accurately, his conscience. But Hughie seems to be going down a slippery slope of his own. When he finds out that his boss, Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit), is the superhuman who has been popping people’s heads, he rejoins the Boys and even takes some temporary V. Even though Hughie starts to like his powers, Starlight tells Butcher that the temp-V will kill him. Butcher doesn’t tell Hughie this, and even offers to get him more temp-V. Lenny’s psychic self says it best: Butcher is following in the footsteps of his father and leading Hughie to his death.
Homelander has his own father issues because he was made in a lab. Unlike Superman, his inspiration, he has never known the love and warmth of a parent. This changed when he found out that his sexual assault on Butcher’s wife Becca had given him a son, Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) (Shantel VanSanten). The goal of Season 2 of Homelander is to push Ryan to use his natural powers, even if that means pushing him off the roof of Becca’s house. All of this comes to a head when Ryan uses his heat vision to hurt Stormfront badly, but in the process, he kills Becca. And Ryan picks Butcher instead of Homelander, which hurts the superhero’s pride. In “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed,” he continues to be obsessed with making a son that looks like him. He threatens Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) by saying he will take her eggs and make a child that looks like her. For Homelander, family isn’t about unconditional love, but about making the best superhero there is, no matter what.
Soldier Boy also has this quality. In “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed,” Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) talks about how Soldier Boy hurt him and the other members of Payback in different scenes. This shows not only how Homelander treated the Seven, but also why the silent ninja and the rest of Payback betrayed Soldier Boy in the end. They had had enough of his abuse. And now that Homelander knows that Soldier Boy might be his father, the stage is set for him to either follow in his father’s footsteps if his allies turn against him or do something even worse if they work together.
The Boys: Erin Moriarty Teases Shocking Season 4 Storylines
Season 4 of Prime Video’s The Boys has already begun production, and the group is already teasing spectators with all of the surprises in store. Specifical
Season 4 of Prime Video’s The Boys has already begun production, and the group is already teasing spectators with all of the surprises in store. Specifically, actress Erin Moriarty, who teased something unusual on social media.
Moriarty remarked in an Instagram story, “Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” Attached was a photo showing herself and co-stars Jack Quaid, Karen Fukuhara, Tomer Capone, and Laz Alonso gazing out of a vault-like area, similar to the one they were in during Season 3.
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Vernon Sanders, Amazon Studios’ head of global television, previously teased the escalation of The Boys, saying before Season 3’s release, “We knew from our first conversation with Eric Kripke and the creative team about Season Three of The Boys that the show was going to get even bolder – an impressive feat given the show’s Emmy-nominated second season… The Boys keeps pushing narrative limits while simultaneously being compulsively entertaining and threading the line on social satire that seems all too true.”
Season 4 was announced before of Season 3’s broadcast, with actor Karl Urban announcing in March, “I’m filming The Boys until the end of the year.” This followed previous claims, dating back to 2021, that Prime Video had approved a fourth season.
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In Season 3, Billy Butcher and Hughie used a temporary version of Compound V to take on the Vought and members of The Seven. Butcher and the Boys, desperate to bring Homelander down, searched for and awoke a dormant supe, Soldier Boy. While specifics about the new season’s narrative are scant, actor Jensen Ackles hinted that the Seven’s previous leader may not have met his end.
Season 4 of The Boys won’t be available on Prime Video for a while, but the Vought Universe has lots more in store. Prime Video is producing a spinoff series set on a supe college in addition to a second season of the anthology series The Boys Presents: Diabolical! The project, dubbed Gen-V, is the franchise’s first live-action spinoff. Jaz Sinclair as Marie Moreau, Chance Perdomo as Emma Shaw, Shelley Conn, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Patrick Schwarzenegger as Golden Boy, Sean Patrick Thomas as Polarity, and Marco Pigossi as Doctor Edison Cardosa are among the cast members.
The Boys’ first three seasons, as well as The Boys Presents: Diabolical!, are now accessible on Prime Video.
Jensen Ackles Landing The Role On The Boys Just As Supernatural Was Ending (And Beat Movie Stars To Do It)
Jensen Ackles is no longer Dean Winchester from Supernatural, and his follow-up role as Soldier Boy on The Boys took a drastically different turn. His new
Jensen Ackles is no longer Dean Winchester from Supernatural, and his follow-up role as Soldier Boy on The Boys took a drastically different turn. His new post resulted in a Supernatural reunion, since creator Eric Kripke also oversees the Amazon Prime program. The actor has spoken openly about how he landed Soldier Boy just as Supernatural was wrapping up. It even included defeating some Hollywood stars.
Eric Kripke described how Jensen Ackles got the part of Soldier Boy in 2021, but now it’s Ackles’ turn to tell his side of the tale. In a recent interview with Men’s Health, he discussed his experience on The Boys and how he got the part of Supe. Soldier Boy was originally intended for an older actor, but when Ackles contacted Kripke to ask his thoughts on a different project, the discussion took an unexpected turn: “I said, ‘So what’s going on over there at The Boys?” We were about to finish watching Supernatural when I realized, ‘You know, I’m going to be jobless.’ I just tossed it out there playfully. ‘Look, dude, if you want to come over to The Boys, I’ll bring you over here no problem,’ he offered right away. I’d be delighted to have you.’ ‘Sign me up!’ I said.
Given that Supernatural was nearing the end of its 15-season run, it’s no surprise that Ackles leaped at the chance to join The Boys! The actor said that Kripke gave him several audition tapes and that he instantly wanted in.
However, Ackles was skeptical that he would even receive the role. While he didn’t say who since he’d be blacklisted, he did say that after hearing who was on the shortlist, he was certain he wasn’t going to get Soldier Boy: I do know that there were certain names that I believe the network was considering. A brief list of names was provided. And when [Kripke] recited a handful of those names to me, I said to myself, ‘Oh, well, there’s no way.’ I don’t stand a chance. Those people are Hollywood stars.’
Fortunately, Jensen Ackles was cast as Soldier Boy, and the rest is history. It makes me wonder who else was up for the position and who made Ackles so concerned that he wouldn’t win it. Maybe one of those actors will appear as a different hero in The Boys Season 4, when it airs?
Meanwhile, Ackles was not the only Supernatural performer to go right into a new project once the show wrapped. Jared Padalecki agreed to play the title character in the Walker revival before the last season of Supernatural had even wrapped (and prior to the COVID shutdowns). Walker launched in SPN’s timeslot the following year, and the third season is already in the works, with prequel series Walker: Independence set to debut this autumn. In addition, Ackles’ Supernatural prequel The Winchesters will air in a few months.
There isn’t much information regarding The Boys Season 4 or if Soldier Boy will return. It’s unclear if he’ll return to cause more havoc now that he’s been taken back under and frozen in the season finale. Jensen Ackles, on the other hand, has been cast as a series regular on ABC’s Big Sky.
Season 3 of The Boys is now accessible with an Amazon Prime membership, while all 15 seasons of Supernatural are available with a Netflix subscription.
In One Important Way, The Boys’ Soldier Boy Outperforms Captain America
While The Boys’ Soldier Boy seemed to be a crude parody of Marvel Comics’ Captain America, the copycat supe actually outperformed the original in one essen
While The Boys’ Soldier Boy seemed to be a crude parody of Marvel Comics’ Captain America, the copycat supe actually outperformed the original in one essential way—at least in terms of the live-action version.
Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) is a Super Soldier in the Amazon Prime Video original series The Boys who was produced via the usage of Compound V—a serum that can convert individuals into superhumans. Soldier Boy was originally only extraordinarily strong and invulnerable. However, after extensive testing in a Russian laboratory, Soldier Boy obtained the ability to take away the abilities of other superheroes with a catastrophic explosion that he can generate from inside his own body. While that powerful skill is amazing (and one that Captain America lacks), it isn’t the reason The Boys’ Soldier Boy is more impressive than Captain America. The true explanation is significantly more subtle, but immensely more helpful in combat settings.
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The Avengers receive a distress call from a region of the planet that has been taken over by communist tyranny in Avengers #18 by Stan Lee and Don Heck, which was a huge matter given that this issue was published not long after the ‘Red Scare’ in the United States. Following a distress signal from a place in eastern Asia, the Avengers are met by communist officials from that region who pose as people in danger in order to deceive the Avengers into falling into their trap, all as part of their strategy to show that communism was better to capitalism. When the Avengers realize their error in taking this call, they are promptly attacked with a knockout gas that renders all of them unconscious, including Captain America.
M.M. tosses a smoke grenade at Soldier Boy in The Boys season 3 episode 6 titled ‘Herogasm,’ but Soldier Boy picks up the grenade and inhales the deadly smoke merely for the head rush, indicating that it has absolutely no effect on him at all. Captain America’s physique isn’t as powerful as Soldier Boy’s, as seen by Cap being put unconscious by the same chemical that took out Hawkeye, who is practically just an ordinary human, in Avengers #18. Being resistant to sleeper gas during a combat is very valuable since it is generally one of the first things an adversary would attempt to employ to target a group of heroes they intend to capture. Soldier Boy can only be knocked unconscious by a fatal nerve poison, therefore if he had been in Captain America’s place in this Avengers issue, the enemies would have had no idea what struck them.
Of course, this comparison is only valid between the comic book Captain America and the live-action Soldier Boy, since Soldier Boy in the comics cannot compete with any version of Captain America. Butcher immediately kills the Soldier Boy from The Boys comics after he is repeatedly insulted and molested by Homelander. Soldier Boy in the comics is the polar opposite of Captain America in terms of strength and ferocious courage. While The Boys’ live-action Soldier Boy is similarly a dark twist on a Captain America-like figure, he is more strong than the original since his body can withstand much more torture than Marvel’s top Super Soldier.
Following that, Captain America’s Avengers training is much too grueling for the MCU.
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