As The Boys kicks up the action in season two, there's a new member of The Seven in the form of Aya Cash's Stormfront. The latest addition to the team has been jostling with Antony Starr's Homelander, but a new theory suggests there's more than just Compound V that ties the two together.
September 11's 'Nothing Like It in the World' delivered a twist worthy of Watchmen when Stormfront was revealed as the supe previously known as Liberty.
Although TV's Stormfront is a gender-flipped version of her comicbook counterpart, it looks like she has the same abilities and ages differently to the rest of the superheroes. This means Stormfront is currently the oldest supe fans have been introduced to, and could link back to Vought's shady days of human trials and Nazi experiments.
The question remains, is Stormfront's interest in Homelander more than just his aptitude as a poster boy for the Aryan race?
Eric Kripke's superhero series has already given a major family reveal with the fact Butcher's wife is alive and well while currently raising Homelander's child, so who's ready for another? Posting on Reddit, u/sinburger posits that Stormfront is actually Homelander's mother.
Talk about a jaw-dropping plot point. When The Boys revealed Stormfront used to masquerade as Liberty, it was suggested she vanished from the public eye in 1979 after she beat a young man to death in a race-related attack. Vought used its considerable wealth to slap a gagging order on the victim's family, so it doesn't make sense that Liberty would have to disappear.
The theory guesses that Liberty actually went to ground because she was with child.
The timelines marry up with Homelander being in his early '40s (the same age as Starr), and would also expand on his sketchy backstory. Apart from the fact Homelander was "raised" in a lab and given his own fictional family tree, the writers have conveniently skirted around how Homelander was brought up.
While he's not specifically channelling Stormfront's racism, it's clear he's had a pretty screwed-up life that has given him some serious mummy issues.
The Boys comics also offer up another clue that Homelander and Stormfront are more than just spandex-clad colleagues. In the comics, Stormfront was the head of a team called Payback, murdered his own teammates and was pummeled to death by The Boys.
After his death, it was revealed his DNA was used to create Homelander, making the leader of The Seven a partial clone of the xenophobic supervillain. In a much more literal sense, Homelander could be Stormfront's biological son. After all, there's a big gap in her story between Liberty in 1979 and the arrival of Stormfront to The Seven.
Finally, there's the idea that Stormfront was brought in to keep a leash on Homelander like Madelyn Stillwell tried to do in season one. In a case of mother knows best, it was Stormfront who suggested Homelander needed to revamp his image. The joke of Stormfront being decades older than Homelander and branding him "gramps" wasn't lost on viewers, and as Stormfront has shown with her social media-savvy rants, she's down with the kids.
With Homelander continuing to lose a grip on his control of The Seven and the Vought bigwigs, Stormfront could tame him. While Stillwell had her skull lasered out, the latest episode confirmed Stormfront is nearly impervious to Homelander's laser gaze.
This brings us onto THAT final scene. After charring Stormfront's bosom and putting their differences aside, Homelander and his frenemy engaged in a raunchy romp that showed, yep, supes can have sex in the air. Even though Starr's blue-eyed beau was the big bad of season one, it's Stormfront causing waves within the ranks of The Seven and The Boys in the latest run of episodes.
Everyone from Starlight to Kimiko has her in their sights, meaning she's a likely candidate to go full Stilwell and bow out before season two's final credits roll.
If the theory is on the money, it means The Boys would somehow manage to top Game of Thrones in terms of incest and live up to its R-rated nature. An incestuous relationship between Homelander and his mum might seem a little much, but in a show that hasn't been afraid to tackle the Deep being molested in his gills, someone having their head mushed during oral sex, and Translucent being blown up from the inside out, nothing really shocks us anymore.
Still, The Boys has its censors and famously axed one scene in season one where Homelander pleasured himself atop the Chrysler Building. Is mother-son incest too much for the show that has the mantra of trying to out-Preacher Preacher? Watch this space.
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