The Boys is a raunchy, crude, bombastic take on super heroes showing a world in which they aren’t quite so heroic and instead egotistical corporate commodities. The third season is poised to be even more insane then the first two with not only the infamous Hero-gasm storyline being explored, but a whole new team of Supes set to be explored.
ERIC KRIPKE TEASES WHAT IS TO COME IN THE NEW SEASON OF THE BOYS
During the 2021 Saturn Awards we had the chance to catch up with The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke. We asked him if there were any particular characters fans should look forward to in season 3, aside from Soldier Boy played by Jensen Ackles. Here is what the creator had to say:
“I mean all of them! I mean I think they all get amazing things to do. I mean season 3’s fun because it’s not just about Soldier Boy, but it’s about the team he was a part of which is called Payback. And Laurie Holden plays Crimson Countess and there’s a bunch of other heroes who are amazing. So, sort of seeing who was the Seven before the Seven. And what was life like for Vought? In the history of Vought what was it like in the 60s and 70s and 80s? To dig into the history of the world, not just the present has been a lot of fun.”
The Boys’ Eric Kripke Interview With The Illuminerdi at The Saturn Awards 2021
The newest season of The Boys will be introducing a whole new slew of Supes with Soldier Boy and his team, Payback. Throughout the first two seasons of The Boys most of the Supes tied to Payback have been mentioned or make some sort of appearance, including a very different take on Stormfront. A statue of Soldier Boy himself is in the background of Stormfront and Homelander’s rally during the second season.
Stormfront was a major player in Payback in the comics. However, in season 2 of the Amazon series Stormfront was gender swapped and became a part of the Seven. This isn’t the only change from the comics with Soldier Boy shown as a meek and cowardly figure. However, in The Boys Amazon series Soldier Boy will be the original “superhero.”
In an interview with Variety, Kripke described Soldier Boy as the Homelander before Homelander, which is in stark contrast to the comic book version. Payback will also be the Seven before the Seven in The Boys season 3, where in the comics it was a team of Supes who had all been denied entry into the Seven at one point or another.
The history of Vought is something that has been teased especially in the second season when Stormfront revealed the truth about the company’s founding and motivations. Initially formed by a Nazi scientist who defected to the United States, Vought has grown into one of the largest corporations in the world of The Boys. Vought founder Frederick Vought invented the first Compund-V during WWII and injected it into his own wife who would become the first successful Supe.
Exploring the history of Vought makes sense given the fact that Payback will be framed as the Seven before the Seven in season 3 of The Boys. The 60s, 70s, and 80s should be interesting eras to explore in Vought’s history and how it has shaped the entire world of The Boys and how it has become what it is today. Vought has held an impressive amount of power over the world for decades tricking the public into believing Supes were born instead of created before the start of the series.
Seeing how Vought has shaped the world and led to where The Boys is at in season 3 should be fascinating. And seeing a new group of powerful Supes in Vought’s history should be especially intriguing. The Boys continues to build out this universe not only by diving into the history of Vought and other Supes, but the spin-off series as well. We here at The Illuminerdi revealed character descriptions for The Boys spin-off series which will take inspiration from the G-Men in the comics. Hopefully season 3 of The Boys will help build out the world for the spin-off series as well.
Are you excited for season 3 of The Boys? Which member of Payback are you looking forward to meeting the most? Are you excited to learn more about the history of Vought? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more The Boys news.