The Boys (2019)

Soldier Boy Joins 'The Boys' Season 3: Comic Backstory, Persona, & Payback Squad

By: Domonique Cox-Salberg

There is a new Supe in town. Set to join The Boys Season three, Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles will appear as the Captain America/Avengers parody character, Soldier Boy. The Boys showrunner, Eric Kripke, is also the creator of Supernatural. Moreover, known for being naïve and a comical relief, Soldier Boy is still a minor antagonist within the comics and serves as the leader of the superhero group Payback, while also holding aspirations to become a future member of The Seven.

Supernatural's Jensen Ackles will be Soldier Boy for the upcoming season.

The Two Soldier Boy’s Backstory

There are actually two Soldier Boy characters who are very different versions from one another. The original character’s statue can be seen in season two of The Boys in front of the Vought building. Referencing the Soldier Boy who fought during World War II, was the first Supe to gain popularity, and led a superhero group called The Avenging Squad (now ‘Payback’) who destroyed enemy tanks.

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The Soldier Boy statue outside the Vought building.

Though, it did not end well for this version of Soldier Boy and his squad. Causing a massacre of both his team and American soldiers he was supposed to assist, it resulted in him being killed by George Mallory (Grace in the show). Vought would present Soldier Boy to the public as a single individual who never aged, but in reality, the current Soldier Boy is far weaker than his predecessor. He is also dim-witted, naïve, cowardly, and known for being intimidated by his fellow Payback member Stormfront and urinating himself whenever faced with more powerful superheroes.

Power Set & Abilities

So, as a result of Soldier Boy’s naivety and blind aspirations, he is regularly taken advantage of by high-tier superheroes to either do their dirty work or please them sexually. For instance, Homelander promises him a spot in The Seven in exchange for a sexual relationship with him. He has a habit of reciting the names of states in the middle of combat and commits mass murder, usually when instructed by someone else.

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Then, as for his power set, he has superhuman strength, speed, expertise in hand-to-hand combat, and skilled use of his shield—hence the Captain America parody. Knowing this character description and Kripke’s history with Ackles, many changes are expected to be made. And seeing as the show has a strong emphasis on world-building, Jensen’s story could follow the World War II exploits of the original Soldier Boy.

Payback Squad

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Stormfront, the unofficial leader of Payback.

The superhero group lead by Soldier Boy they are the predecessor for “the avenging squad” and a parody of Marvels Avengers. They are also the second most substantial superhero group after The Seven. Its members include Stormfront, Tek Knight, Soldier Boy, Swatto, Mind-Droid, Crimson Countess, and Eagle the Archer. As we know, Stormfront was gender-swapped and changed a bit in the show, but the male version is noted for the real leader of Payback as he is much stronger and braver than Soldier Boy. A Nazi, the Stormfront from the comics, is one of the most powerful Supes, comparable to Homelander; his powers include electricity manipulation, flight, super strength, and weather manipulation.

He, along with the rest of the Payback members, are sent to eradicate The Boys and is partially based on Thor from Marvel Comics and Captain Marvel, nevertheless wretched in every way. Tek Knight is one of the only superheroes, not a Supe, relying on technology to do his fighting and hero work. Swatto is a bug-themed hero who presumably only speaks in buzzing noises and can fly and manipulate his size like Marvel’s Ant-Man. Mind-Droid pretends to be a cyborg, which is later revealed to only be a telepath in a robotic suit.

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Marvels Scarlet Witch.
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Crimson Countess from The Boys comic.

Crimson Countess—the only female member—she resembles Marvel’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch in costume and red color. In a romantic relationship with Mind-Droid, she was active during World War II and can fly and has heat generation. Lastly, Eagle the Archer is the only other Payback member who made a physical appearance on the show in an enigmatic storyline involving The Deep that we still are not sure where he will end up. Unlike most members, he seems to be a friendly, positive person, eager to help those around him. There we have it, all members of Payback. It should be interesting to see whom Eric Kripke brings on to the show along with Soldier Boy. A fan of Scarlet Witch, seeing Crimson Countess on The Boys, would be a great addition to the cast.

My Note To The Reader:

So are you excited to see Soldier Boy added to the cast? Which member of Payback would you like to see cast for The Boys?

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2 thoughts on “Soldier Boy Joins ‘The Boys’ Season 3: Comic Backstory, Persona, & Payback Squad”

  1. Jensen Ackles’ version of Soldier Boy is expected to blend past and present versions of the character. According to showrunner Eric Kripke he is a John Wayne type who is one hundred years old like Stormfront. They may have a connection. On the show he was the first American superhero. At present his powers and abilities are unknown. Ackles has been fitted for several costumes, past and present. There will be no sexual relationship between Soldier Boy and Homelander, and the word is that Homelander will feel threatened by Soldier Boy because the older Supe is more popular than he is. They won’t get along. Homelander’s image is tainted somewhat because of his romantic involvement with Stormfront, who was outed as a Nazi. Back in the day Soldier Boy was “Homelander before Homelander.” as Kripke has said. He’s been around Vought Corporation for decades, and might have received Compound V for that long a time. Whether that means Soldier Boy has Homelander’s powers remains to be seen. The show has been known to change the source material of the comics around. For instance, Black Noir on the show is not Homelander’s twin like he was in the books. So who knows?

    Even though Soldier Boy is presented by Vought as a version of Captain America he is just as twisted as the rest of The Seven. He’s not a hero. He has secrets which will be revealed during the course of season 3.

    1. Serbella McGee,

      Thanks for your in-depth comment and additional info about Kripke’s ideas for the character going into season 3. I read most of your points from ComicBookmovie.com and think from what they reported, Soldier Boy will be a good addition to the show.

      However, based on your response, I think you thought I was saying how he could be depicted in the show based on what the showrunner has reportedly said, or maybe my title isn’t the clearest? My article is meant to inform people that have not read the comics about who Soldier Boy is on the page and give that backstory for more concrete insight into what may come. Since as we know, some stories get passed onto other characters like The Deep getting Homelander’s sexual assault storyline, and it’s cool to recognize that. I never reference what Kripke has said, only the comic book material since I personally and others like to know the original story. I said, “Knowing this character description and Kripke’s history with Ackles, many changes are expected to be made. And seeing as the show has a strong emphasis on world-building, Jensen’s story could follow the World War II exploits of the original Soldier Boy.” Yes, is it not likely Homelander and Soldier Boy will have a sexual relationship; however, it is in the comics. I am just presenting the facts. Also, I stated that Soldier Boy is a minor antagonist in the intro. Considering most of the characters have only been changed in superficial ways throughout the two seasons (gender-swapping/taboo arcs for mainstream audiences), I wouldn’t ignore or deem the comics’ information obsolete. Kripke has not denied or addressed any other of these more taboo elements, so I wouldn’t assume they do not make it into the show somehow. I hope some do! The Boys is well-liked because it pushes the limits and should stay that way. So who knows what we will see? I know I’ll be tuning in.

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