Dominique McElligott should be more than just the “savior” of the cast of “The Boys.”
The Boys, who are used to making high-quality parodies, decided to join in on the fun of “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” by having the cast of season 1 read one-star reviews on video. The actress Dominique McElligott, who is Queen Maeve, laughs as she reads, “Felt like Queen Maeve is throwaway character. The way her story went – could have been done better.” McElligott looks up at the camera and says, “More screen time for Queen Maeve,” without skipping a beat.
Frankly, I agree.
This post gives away what happens at the end of season 3 of The Boys.
In the last episode of The Boys’s third season, Queen Maeve tried to take down Homelander (Antony Starr) again, but this time with the “help” of Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles). In particular, season 3 and its finale are two of the best parts of the show. But “The Instant White-Hot Wild” stands out in a good way because one of its main characters was Queen Maeve, who hasn’t been used much in other episodes.
In the last three seasons, Maeve has been slowly building up the courage to leave a toxic environment (Vought and Homelander) and reclaim her strength and identity. It’s about finding hope at the lowest point or finding something that could turn into hope in the future. It’s a very complicated story that hasn’t been told in comic books or the superhero subgenre to this extent. But little about her journey seems to be shown on the show.
Queen Maeve has been a regular on The Boys since the first episode. She has been a member of the Seven for a long time. After Homelander, she is thought to be the second strongest person in the world. They did a lot of missions together and even dated in the past. But it becomes clear quickly that Maeve has been selling parts of herself to Vought to keep up the “superhero” image and keep Homelander away from herself. By the time the audience meets her, she is a very cynical and sad woman who drinks to forget about the terrible things she has been through. She doesn’t believe in the world, in herself, or in the concept of a hero. She wants to stop trying. Some might even say she has, until the season 2 finale, when she finally gets the courage to stand up to Homelander.
But even though Maeve’s story has a lot of depth, she never lives up to her full potential. The Boys is a show about a group of people, so Maeve is technically a supporting character. But even though her story is about standing up to abuse, it’s not unusual for her to only have one or two scenes per episode that are actually about her. The rest of the time, she’s usually in the background. I can’t shake the feeling that Maeve should have had more.
Even though Maeve doesn’t have much screen time, Dominique McElligott is a very talented actor who is able to show Maeve’s anger, hopelessness, and inner strength. So, her fight against Stormfront (Aya Cash) in the season 2 finale became an instant fan favorite, as did the time she tried to blackmail Homelander with footage of the plane crash from season 1. She was ready to get her freedom back and fight against the people who had made her a shell of a person. People wanted to see Queen Maeve fight back even more.
But when season 3 starts, Maeve’s story of being strong and getting better is completely wiped out. Even more, Maeve fades into the background. She is still the angry, cynical woman we know, but now she is only Butcher’s (Karl Urban) drug dealer. She sells him Compound V and helps them find a possible “weapon.” Maeve came up with the whole Soldier Boy plot, but we never see her do anything because it all happens off-screen. It’s like the rest of season 1 and all of season 2 didn’t happen. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she isn’t in any of the episodes where she grows up. It seems like Maeve’s goal in season 3 isn’t to take down Homelander as season 2 set up. Instead, she’s there to help Butcher’s story by giving him superpowers and having sex with him sometimes. This is used to set up Homelander’s arc of becoming an unhinged, explicit villain who locks her up for these actions. She’s a part of the story.
At least the end was great for Maeve. She gets away, insults Hughie (Jack Quaid) at first glance again, meets up with Starlight (Erin Moriarty), and, most importantly, starts a brutal fight with Homelander where they seem to be about even. She’s almost done with him, but then she sees that Soldier Boy is about to blow up the Tower and kill everyone in it, so she kills him to save everyone else. Maeve shows she is one of The Boys’ real heroes when she gives up her own plans and safety for the good of the group. She is the type of person who would rather help other people than help herself, even if it means putting herself in danger. That person is a hero. It’s a bold move in an episode that finally gives McElligott the chance to tell the story of her character. But it also seems like they are trying to make up for how Maeve was treated while trying to fit all of the character development from a whole season into one episode. Why has she only been used right once this season?
What happens now might be even more important. Queen Maeve is thought to be dead, but she is actually alive, but she has lost her power and is running away with her girlfriend, Elena (Nicola Correia-Damude). Now, after the character was played so well, it seems like The Boys is either writing her out or putting her further away. On the one hand, it’s great that Maeve is finally happy with Elena and no longer tied to Vought and Homelander. But Homelander is still alive and likes Maeve, so it seems likely that they will meet again. Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), who had lost her powers, got them back, so Maeve can too. It doesn’t look like Maeve’s story is over. She has too much going for her to lose everything. But it seems like a farewell for now, which is very disappointing and, to be honest, not fair to Maeve, her fans, or McElligott.
If Queen Maeve got half as much attention as the other characters on the show, she would really take off and become one of the most popular TV characters in recent years. She has a great story, a good actor, and a good bad guy, so she should be able to fly. However, showrunner Eric Kripke doesn’t let her fully fly, which is a shame and a waste of a great character. Kripke knows about Maeve’s journey, but he never gives her a chance to tell it in full, and this season it was painfully clear why. So, when it’s time to finish her storyline, it’s satisfying because of McElligott’s performance, but it’s also not very exciting because she was gone the whole season. Why should we care about a character if we only get to see her story develop in one episode a season?
Queen Maeve has been a human deus ex machina for the whole series. She goes missing most of the time and only shows up at the last minute to save the day. Her climactic moments in the endings are great and show how strong Maeve and McElligott are as a force. But her journey is broken up into a few episodes, so it never gets to be as good as it could be.
This makes the ending feel like a taste of how good The Boys could be if Maeve got the respect she deserves. The fact that we don’t know what will happen to her in the rest of the series makes it hard to care about what she does in the series finale. Kripke and the other writers tell us that they know the character, but then they get rid of her right away. People don’t realize how important she is to the show.
Maeve needs more screen time
After the end of season 3, it’s clear that Queen Maeve is not only The Boys’ hero, but also the unsung hero. That one-star review was right; her arc could have been handled better, and at this point in the series, it should have been. McElligott is right: Maeve needs more time on screen. When she is on the show, it is much better and makes you think more. Queen Maeve is The Boys’ secret weapon. Kripke and Amazon don’t even know they have this treasure. But it looks like they will have to lose her in order to realize this idea. Sometimes you don’t realize how good things were until they’re gone.
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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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