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'The Boys' Season 2 Episode 7: Who is Black Noir? Here's why fans think he is connected to Homelander

This is a theory that fans of the original comics have confirmed and hence, we suggest that you stop reading further to avoid spoilers for 'The Boys' Season 2 in case you haven't read the comics
(Amazon Prime Video)
(Amazon Prime Video)

Since the beginning of 'The Boys', one of The Seven's identities has not been revealed and that is Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). He has never revealed his face before and even when Maeve (Dominique McElligott) stuffed Almond Joy in his mouth to save Starlight (Erin Moriarty), only a part of his face was revealed. Hence, fans of the show have been extremely curious about who could be the man behind the mask and the answer to this question is available in the comics.

In fact, not only do comic lovers know of Black Noir's identity but he also begins to speak in the latter part of the comics. So, according to comic readers, the Vought counterpart in the comics believed that Homelander (Antony Starr), considered to be the most powerful supe in the verse, was unstoppable. As an attempt at balancing powers and believing in checks and balances, Vought created a version of Homelander that could stop him in case he gained uncontrollable power.

That version happens to be a clone and that clone is hidden in plain sight. This clone happens to be Black Noir. Now, this may not be the route that the TV show might follow and the man who is allergic to tree nuts might be someone else entirely. Also, will the show even reveal the identity behind Black Noir after that brilliant set up for a finale?

In the meantime, within the show as well, there have been quite a few references in passing that led fans to believe that Black Noir might be Billy Butcher's clone instead. At the beginning, it was mentioned that Black Noir used to work for the CIA and that his skills are acquired from having trained at Langley.

Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) also used to work for the CIA and there is definitely a connection between the two characters because we also saw Black Noir search for Butcher with the help of one of the analysts at Vought International when Butcher had tried to visit Becca. If there wasn't animosity between the two, why would Black Noir take a special interest in Butcher? It cannot all be to please Homelander.

Another interesting clue lies in Butcher's interest in Homelander's childhood. When Butcher visits Jonah Vogelbaum (John Doman) to convince him to appear as a witness in front fo the congress, he had taken a specific interest in Homelander's childhood and wondered how he was as a child. He seemed satisfied when Vogelbaum informed that he was quite sweet as a child. Why was Butcher interested? Will the finale episode answer our questions? 

'The Boys' Season 2 new episodes release on Fridays and can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.