Supernatural star Jensen Ackles will play Soldier Boy - a direct parody of Marvel's Captain America - on The Boys season 3.
The Boys season 3 will signal the debut of Soldier Boy — a character that bears more than a superficial similarity to the beloved Marvel superhero Captain America. The Boys began their journey as a series of comic books co-created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
Developed by Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg, the story was tailored for television and debuted on Amazon Prime in mid-2019.
Before the first episode had even hit the streaming platform, The Boys received the green light for the second season. Likewise, the series was confirmed for season 3 before the release of season 2. Work on the script is now officially underway with the latest revelation Supernatural star Jensen Ackles is all set to join the team as Soldier Boy.
Comic books and the show, both of them revolve around a unique, self-appointed task force headed by Billy Butcher, consisting of Hughie, Frenchie, Mother's Milk, and The Female. All of them primarily concentrate on keeping crooked superheroes to account.
Much of their adventure sees them battle with The Seven — a sinister assemblage of famous superhero teams, similar to Marvel's The Avengers or DC's Justice League. Joined by the deranged (and superman-inspired) Homelander, The Seven's got an ever-changing roster. As a matter of fact, Stormfront joins the team in The Boys season 2.
It's not sure if Soldier Boy is a part of the team or, as in the comics, will be an independent force willing to be hired. Whatever shall be the case, he's almost definitely going to be an adversary rather than an ally to Butcher and his gang.
Needless to add, The Boys will follow the trend of parodying established superheroes, as well as the fame and success that encompasses them.
Just like the name implies, Soldier Boy is essentially a pale imitation of Captain America, which is also glaringly evident in their identical outfits - the traditional American colors: red, white, and blue.
Their respective suits often display a substantial white star adorned across the chest. Soldier Boy and Captain America both hold shields to fight. While Cap's is circular, Soldier Boy's is more like a pentagon shape, which then includes the no-less American symbology of an eagle.
Besides their designs, aspects of the original narrative of Captain America can be seen as part of Soldier Boy's own story. Both of them were boosted with a serum during the second World War.
The outcomes were pretty much the same. Both Soldier Boy and Captain America were granted super-strength, stamina, and endurance. Unfortunately, although Cap achieved improved intellectual, cognitive skills, Soldier Boy could not. As a consequence, he is usually outsmarted, scared, and finds himself completely out of his depth.
Upon acquiring their expertise, they were then in charge of their own units. Captain America commanded the Invaders in the comics and the Howling Commandos in the MCU. Likewise, Soldier Boy's World War II group was called The Avenging Squad.
There was also a kid sidekick in on Soldier Boy's team, close to how Bucky Barnes was first portrayed. Unfortunately, under the presumption that the super-powers ignored the need for adequate military preparation, Soldier Boy eventually got his squad and several other soldiers destroyed.
As such, it acts as a believable satire not just of Captain America, but of general nationalist, militant-patriotic types with little-to-no actual knowledge.
Both protagonists wind up battling in modern times, too. Although not the most powerful individual and often disrespected, they are widely regarded as leaders in their respective groups.
While Soldier Boy is reported to have operated as a superhero all over the world following the conclusion of World War II, it's discovered that this is not the case. Instead, Soldier Boy is a term passed down to several distinct individuals. This, in itself, is another similarity to Captain America, which Sam Wilson previously illustrated when picking up the mantle.
In light of this, Soldier Boy always presents himself as being from another age. Ignorant to the current era, more sincere and naive than anyone around him, he's reluctant to speak impolitely.
This is something Cap has always leaned into. People may have to wait to see, though, how much of the satirical similarities would make it to the show on The Boys season 3.