“Just another day at the ‘NEW’ office. Happy taco Tuesday, folks,” Ackles wrote on Instagram, along with a photo of him pointing toward his trailer with the label “Soldier Boy”, which is the name of his character in the hit Amazon superhero series.
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The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke, who previously worked with Ackles on The CW’s Supernatural, reposted the actor’s picture on Twitter with the caption: “Enter #SoldierBoy. BUCKLE UP MOTHERF-KERS.”
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 11, 2021
Soldier Boy is The Boys’ direct parody of Captain America and the eventual leader of the superhero team Payback, which is the show’s twisted version of Marvel’s Avengers. In the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book series on which the show is based, Soldier Boy is very much clean-shaven, so Ackles’ long shaggy hair and big bushy beard in his recent Instagram photo seem to suggest that the show is taking some major liberties when it comes to the physical appearance of the character’s live-action version.
While Ackles’ Soldier Boy may look different from the one in the comics, Kripke previously confirmed to Variety that the persona of the live-action incarnation of the character is pretty much the same with its counterpart in the source material.
“I think anyone expecting Jensen to show up and be a good guy, they will be disappointed. I’ll say that!” Kripke told the news outlet last October. “In the comics he’s mostly just kind of bumbling and subservient to Homelander (Antony Starr), I would say. As we’re writing him in this, we’re getting to really talk about the history of Vought because he’s like John Wayne. He’s one of these guys that’s been around for decades of Vought history. And he was Homelander before Homelander, so he’s from a different era, but he’s got the ego and the ambition — it just comes across in a different way because he’s from a different time.”
The Boys season 3 doesn’t have a release date yet but if the past two seasons are any indication of when the next season is to be ready, The Boys could possibly return in the late summer or early fall.
The Boys seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.