The universe of The Boys is populated by superheroes parodying iconic Marvel and DC characters. Here are the top 10!
Satire of superheroic productions, the Prime Video series The Boys is interested in characters with superhuman abilities reminiscent of the most famous members of the avengers from Marvel or the Justice League from DC but in much less honorable, even downright evil versions. Who are Homelander, The Deep or the new Soldier Boy inspired by? We tell you everything!
Homelander refers to Superman
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From his powers to what he represents for the American people, the leader of the Seven, Homelander (the Protector in VF), corresponds in every way to the leader of the Justice LeagueSuperman (Henry Cavill). Except that the character ofAnthony Starr hides what he really is: a terrifying monster far removed from the blameless Clark Kent.
Queen Maeve refers to Wonder Woman
It’s hard not to see the similarities between Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) and wonder woman (Gal Gadot), from their fairly similar costumes to their expert swordplay! The two characters also have their origins in ancient mythology, Greek for Wonder Woman and Irish for Maeve.
The Deep refers to Aquaman
The Deep or the Fish Man in VF is, obviously, a parody ofAquaman. Like the DC hero portrayed by Jason Momoa in the cinema, the character of Chace Crawford can communicate with underwater creatures. At Marvel, it is Namor who has equivalent abilities.
Starlight refers to Stargirl
It is one of the rare Supers of The Boys to be on the side of the good guys, the innocent Starlight (Stella in VF, camped by Erin Moriarty) has a very similar temperament and look to star girla DC superhero played by Brec Bassinger in the series dedicated to him on the CW. In contrast, her powers are closer to those of Marvel’s Vega and Aurora twins. Starlight is also sometimes compared to Mary Marvel aka Lady Shazam.
Black Noir refers to Batman
Black Black (Nathan Mitchell) masters martial arts and stealth, abilities that are close to those of a certain Batmanwhich we recently saw at the cinema in the guise of Robert Pattinson. In other ways, such as his heightened senses and his ability to heal, Black Noir can be associated with the supervillain Deathstroke.
Kimiko refers to X-23
played by Karen Fukuhara, Kimiko is one of the few characters in the series to have powers but not to work for Vought. A member of The Boys, she has a wild side and is capable of perpetrating violent attacks. More dangerous than she seems, Kimiko is reminiscent of X-23, Wolverine’s “daughter” seen in Logan under the guise of Dafne Keen.
Soldier Boy refers to Captain America
Introduced with great fanfare this season, Soldier Boy (le Petit Soldat en VF) is a twisted version of Captain America (Chris Evans). Far from being as respectable as his Marvel counterpart, this character played by Jensen Ackles has several scenes directly inspired by the MCU in the series, as revealed by the trailers.
Stormfront refers to Tornado
Introduced in Season 2 of the series, Stormfront (Aya Cash) has a costume and powers that are very reminiscent of those of Tornado (Storm, in VO), the famous mutant embodied by Halle Berry in the movies X-Men. Xavier’s protege, on the other hand, does not share the Nazi ideology of the first!
A-Train refers to Quicksilver and Flash
In The Boys, the title of fastest man in the world initially goes to A-Train (Jessie T Usher). A title devolved to Quicksilver (Vif-Argent, in VF) in the Marvel universe where he is embodied by Aaron Taylor Johnson. DC also has its equivalent in the person of Flash (Ezra Miller at the cinema or Grant Gustin on TV). The two heroes being sources of inspiration for A-Train.
Crimson Countess references Scarlett Witch
With her scarlet costume, Crimson Countess (Laurie Holden), a newcomer this season, is obviously very reminiscent of Scarlett Witch, a character well known to MCU fans where she is played by Elizabeth Olsen. She notably had a central role in the last Marvel production to date, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.