The young This is followed by the spoilers of the finale of the second season – including the ending.
Warning: Contains graphically violent comic book content (including strong language).
Phew They didn’t lie when they said girls can do it.
The youngSeason two made great strides in expanding her female representation, giving Kimiko’s character arc the care and attention it always deserved, and expanding Maeve’s influence on The Seven in a much more meaningful way.
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But it’s hard not to draw parallels, and the show itself does just that.
Whether through open-ended games with DC and Marvel characters (Deep, Aquaman wants his suit back), buckets of shadows aimed at the Snyder cut, or more subtle themes revolving around the pressure of keeping a spandex-enabled body, everything is there if you look carefully.
The controversial and explosive finale of the second season also reflected a much-discussed scene from Avengers: Endgame – just yes, we will say it The young did it better.
Ryan and his mother Becca had been rescued from the grip of Homelander and Stormfront and were on their way. A very angry storm front (which was eventually evicted as a literal Nazi) crashed to stop them, wrecking the car and creating havoc for Starlight, Hughie, Breastmilk, Kimiko and Frenchie nearby.
When Butcher left with Becca and Ryan to get them to safety, Stormfront had to face the rest of the gang. In a refreshing change to what we’re used to, the men were relegated to the sidelines while Starlight and Kimiko used their powers to kick a bad guy in the buttocks.
It wasn’t long before Maeve arrived and we were faced with a three-on-one scenario with Starlight, Kimiko, and Maeve kicking the living daylights out of Stormfront. To say it was satisfactory is a severe understatement, to say the least.
While it may have returned to a kick – why not use those super powers, ladies? We would have gone out of our way to see Kimiko tear Stormfront’s face clean – it turned out that the moment in question was a direct nod to frames from the graphic novel the series is based on.
As you may already know, with the same backstory, Stormfront was originally male in the comic. Scenes in the source material show the boys (along with the now infamous love sausage) stomping and kicking him in anger.
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This suggests that the Amazon series deliberately went all-in with the role changes to ensure the female characters had their moment of power and catharsis.
Many have noticed that this female scene is reminiscent of a sequence in Avengers: Endgame, A number of women from the MCU, including Shuri, Pepper Potts, and Valkyrie, were known to have lined up to help Captain Marvel fly the Infinity Gauntlet.
The problem was, they actually didn’t to do very consistent. As you may recall, there was a lot of fighting (cheers, Thanos) at that particular time, however Endgame I did little more than pan the camera over the female heroes to indicate they were there too.
For comparison: Kimiko, Starlight and Maeve gave the show’s biggest villain a bloody and violent disguise. And when they were done, they ran to their men, who were safely watching from the sidelines to see if you were okay.
The young Not only did they give their girls time to shine, but they were ultimately responsible for thwarting Stormfront and – at least for now – keeping Vought’s plan to release Compound V to the masses at bay.
Then it comes full circle on Maeve. Has been exploited and defeated by patriarchy, heteronormativity and As the corporate machine for the entire show so far, it finally got its moment of empowerment and autonomy.
Because it was Maeve (and the threat of The compromising video footage) that Homelander eventually silenced, arguably a symbol of all the above constructs that they had kept as ransom for so long.
For a show that is called The youngWe love everything it does for female reps in the superhero space. Let’s hope that the third season continues.
The young The second season can now be viewed in full Amazon Prime Video.
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