Is there an official statement from Eric Kripke (showrunner) or The Boys comics creators (Garth Ennis or Darick Robertson) of at least one superhero parodying a Marvel superhero or made in the image of a Marvel superhero? My question is not limited to a superhero. It can also be any other noticeable parallel like if Vought Studios is a parody of Marvel Studios. I already know about Supes parodying DC.

In my opinion, the Supes who draw parallels with Marvel heroes:

Kimiko/Popclaw -> is parodying Sabertooth/Wolverine

Dopelganger -> Mystique

Stormfront -> Storm

Gecko -> Deadpool

and so on, so are these parallels/parodies confirmed officially?

  • 8
    It's "parodying" the superhero genre as a whole.
    – Paulie_D
    Oct 14 '20 at 8:39
  • 3
    thanks for the down vote, but from this article we can see it was started at DC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boys_(comics) and didn't have any focus on Marvel
    – Edwin
    Oct 14 '20 at 8:48
  • 6
    The fact that it was published by DC does not make it a parody of DC.
    – Paulie_D
    Oct 14 '20 at 9:25
  • 2
    "Stormfront -> Storm" Given that Storm is black, that would be an odd intention. Oct 15 '20 at 0:20
  • 1
    Surely Eagle the Archer in S2E1 is a parody of Hawkeye in the MCU: Multiple shooters, I showed up, I'm letting arrows fly, my aim is perfect. But... there's only so many arrows a quiver can hold. I just... ran out. Oct 23 '20 at 5:14

As mentioned by Paulie_D, yes The Boys parodies the entire idea of superheroes being shown as all ideal and good who will save us all in time of need as said Eric Kripke (show developer) in this interview.

Now, The Boys TV show is inspired from the comics of the same name where, as mentioned in Wikipedia, Darick Robertson (co-creator of the comics) acknowledges that The Seven is indeed a parody of DC's Justice League.

As for Marvel, there seems to be no official statement (your question should have been more like "Is there any official statement from showrunners or comic creators about superheroes parodying Marvel?"). There has been only fan speculation. For example, you will find a list of similar The Boys supes and Marvel supes here. However, it says "hardcore fans of The Boys, who have been following the narrative from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book days, have drawn similarities". It is not official.

Similarly, Eric Kripke has announced that there will be a spin-off show based on G-Men who were a team in The Boys. Anyone who reads about G-men will notice the strong parallel between G-men and X-men but again, there is no official word about it.


Pop Claw was very similar to Wolverine, or X-23. There's also the upcoming portrayal of "Soldier Boy" by Jensen Ackles, who is pretty clearly a copy of Captain America. In the comicc. There may be some others, but these stand out the most to me.


They tend to copy powers but then diametrically change some aspect.

Lamplighter is Pyro played by the actor who was Iceman in the films, and instead of starting on the "good" side and joining the bad he starts working for Vought and then joins the Boys, however briefly.

Doppleganger was Mystique, except instead of a sultry woman he's a dumpy looking guy.

Ezekiel is Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic except instead of being a famous scientist he's a religious nut.

Gecko is Deadpool with a massive healing factor.

Blindspot is Daredevil... probably not anymore after his meeting with Homelander though.

There is also an unidentified shrinking hero who does that "dive" into a woman's nether region in the first episode who could be Ant Man.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .