Who is Soldier Boy in “The Boys”? Boy soldier powers, backstory
There is a satisfying catharsis in The boys‘ perversion of classic comic superheroes. Think Homelander—Superman, but a war criminal who flirts with neo-Nazis. Or the Deep—Aquaman, but as a sexual predator. For the weary hero, The boys is like a shot of super-soldier serum straight into our cynical veins and, god, it feels good.
Season 3 promised to go even further, with the trailer already hinting at a recent Marvel moment – with Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) playing John Walker (Wyatt Russell), who in Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier bludgeons a villain with Captain America’s shield. Of course, in the MCU, the moment plays out as a corruption of character, a taint of Steve Rogers’ good name. In The boys, we expect the tone to be full of irony; there’s no good reputation to smear when America’s heroes are murderous psychopaths. And now that perversion is coming for the comic book kingdom’s most redeemable hero: Captain America. It’s time his image was ceremoniously dragged into the shit.
We met The boys‘Soldier Boy character before, at least in name. He was already mentioned by Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) as the first hero, much like the “first Avenger”. (That makes Stan Edgar the anti Nick Fury, by the way.) We also know he’s responsible for the murder of Mother’s Milk’s (Laz Alonso) family.
In episode 2, we learn a bit more about this Supe foundation through an informational video clearly parodying the same museum information found in the MCU. (We’re talking about all that hokey Captain America propaganda shit.)
“Soldier Boy grew up in the cradle of American freedom. Born poor on the poor streets of South Philadelphia, he was taught the values of hard work, tenacity, and bravery. He used these values to prove America’s exceptionalism to the world. He defended us against the encroaching red menace. He helped guide America to a brighter future, and along the way he found the love of a good woman. Which made his sacrifice all the more noble, when he gave his life to save us from a nuclear holocaust.
Soldier Boy is shown fighting for the Allies in World War II and initiating McCarthyism during the Cold War. His death is believed to have occurred during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
Of course, none of the Boys are buying into this prank, and we learn shortly after that Soldier Boy has died by an unknown weapon in Central America. Soldier Boy’s final appearance: Nicaragua, his body carried off by a Soviet plane after a skirmish between CIA-backed guerrilla soldiers and Russian special forces.
Oh, and all that tenacity and hard work and love of a good wife, well, turns out Soldier Boy really was just cocky shit. Big surprise.
What are Soldier Boy’s powers?
Soldier Boy is often compared to Homelander. He’s also invincible (apparently), making any weapon that killed him a possible tool for our heroes to destroy Homelander.
His powers are the standard leading man abilities in the comic book world: superhuman strength, superhuman speed, and superhuman longevity. He can move as fast, hit as hard, and age as slowly as Homelander. In the comics, he can also generate powerful energy blasts.
Who plays Soldier Boy?
The Captain America parody is played by Jensen Ackles, who fans of the genre will know for a long time Supernatural. He also appeared in another comic book-inspired franchise, Smallville, and two anime Batman movies as a voice actor.
The boys writer Eric Kripke (who also created Supernatural) said in an interview with vanity lounge that he hadn’t thought of Ackles when writing the role of Solider Boy. His Ackles casting only came after a phone call with the actor, during which Kripke complained about his attempts to cast Soldier Boy. Originally, Kripke wanted to cast someone older. On the phone with Ackles, Kripke realized he was talking to the right guy.
In an interview earlier this year, Ackles described her octogenarian character.
“He’s a grandfather. He’s from the 40s. He fought in World War II, and he’s just this bigoted asshole. He doesn’t age, so he’s this 40-year-old young superhero who’s really 80 or 90. There’s so much material there, you’ll see what I mean when you see the show but he has a taste for people who were from his era.
We don’t know exactly what all of this means yet, but we’re excited.
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