NB: This article contains spoilers The Boys Episode 7.
The penultimate episode of season 3 of The Boys (2019– ) revealed the backstory of Black Noir, played by Nathan Mitchell, with Soldier Boy, played by Jensen Ackles, in the cutest and somehow still bloodiest way possible.
Imaginary Cartoon Friends
During episode 7, Noir is hiding in an abandoned children’s restaurant called Buster Beaver’s after running away from Vought Tower after learning that Soldier Boy is still alive. Noir tells no one, including his best friend and Captain Homelander, played by Antony Starr, where he went and lives in seclusion – along with several imaginary cartoon friends.
Noir’s animated animal friends make him face his fears of Soldier Boy by recreating the event that made him so afraid of Soldier Boy in the first place, a day when Soldier Boy beat him up after standing up to him, as well as the near-fatal attack Soldier Boy made on Noir the day he led Payback in a conspiracy to have Soldier Boy taken off by the Russians, disfiguring Noir’s face.
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History between Black Noir and Soldier Boy
The revelation of Noir’s facial disfigurement comes in several episodes after the first – and so far only – time fans of The Boys have met the man under the mask. In Episode 3 of Season 3, a young and unmasked Black Noir, played by Fritzy-Klevans Destine, is seen briefly talking to Stan Edgar, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Noir tells him he doesn’t want to wear the mask anymore and wants to be taken seriously as a black superhero and actor before Soldier Boy is kidnapped. He is shown again in that episode after Soldier Boy is taken, this time with half of his face bloodied and damaged beyond repair, although in that episode it is implied that the general warfare led to the wounding.
So far, these are the only times viewers have seen Black Noir’s face — and the show has still never unmasked Mitchell — and Kripke says it will be the only time in the rest of The Boys season 3.
We wanted to explore Noir’s origin story and really reveal who he was and where he came from. And in the flashbacks, he was a handsome young superhero with the ambition to be the next Eddie Murphy, but he was attacked by Soldier Boy and in such an extreme way that he ended up really disfigured. And in our minds, once he recovered from that and put the mask back on, he rarely, rarely takes it off, Darth Vader style. So there was no point in it feeling natural. We played with it, when he’s in Buster Beaver’s, does he take the mask off? And we were like, but why? He’s so ashamed of who he’s become that it just didn’t feel right.
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