The Boys and Gen V Emphasize the Physical Cost of Superpowers

It turns out that not every superpower is the blessing that Vought makes it out to be on The Boys and Gen V.

Andre Anderson (Chance Perdomo) stands with his father Polarity (Sean Patrick Thomas) at a black tie charity event for God U in Prime Video's Gen V
Photo: Brooke Palmer | Prime Video

This article contains spoilers for The Boys and Gen V.

Between the original series and the latest spinoff Gen V, The Boys universe has done a great job thus far of showing us the insidiousness of Vought and the supe-fueled culture that they’ve fabricated. However, the difference in perspective that these companion shows give us helps to paint an even broader picture of just how much Compound V has impacted the lives of supes and humans alike, and just how much work Vought has done over decades to normalize it.

The Boys has dipped its toes into showing us the physical cost that having superpowers can take through A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) and the heart attack he suffers after overdosing on Compound V to enhance his powers. Even though he recovers, he has to limit the use of his abilities for a while, which threatens his position in The Seven and his relevance as a commodity of Vought. 

Because Gen V’s premise allows the show to focus more so on the perspective of supes rather than the humans fighting against them, we’ve gotten to see the greater impact that spreading Compound V throughout the population has had on people. The generation of young supes depicted on Gen V are among the first to know that they weren’t born with their abilities and were actually injected with a drug as a child. 


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