The Boys Star Breaks Down MM & Butcher's Damaged Friendship
The Boys star Laz Alonso, aka Mother's Milk, discusses how fractured his relationship with Karl Urban's Butcher is after the events of season 3. The most recent season of Prime Video's superhero satire has been one dominated by daddy issues, as both Butcher and MM have struggled with the threat of losing their children to other father figures. In MM's case, he was able to salvage his relationship to his daughter, while Butcher lost control of his step-son Ryan to Homelander.
The rift between the two men has always existed on The Boys; MM has a strong moral compass and thinks rationally, while Butcher is driven by rage and is willing to do whatever it takes, no matter the cost. Typically, they've been able to temper one another and work together in their common goal to take down the supes. In The Boys season 3, Butcher took it a step too far by teaming up with Soldier Boy, the supe who killed MM's grandfather as collateral in a botched robbery. Soldier Boy was also the reason MM's father worked himself to death, trying to legally take the patriotic supe down. Butcher knew MM's history with Soldier Boy, but ignored it in his own selfish pursuit to get closer to killing Homelander.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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In an interview with TVLine, Alonso opens up about the damage that's been done to the relationship between MM and Butcher, and what it means for The Boys moving ahead. He acknowledges that their partnership together is on its final straw, but seems to think that straw hasn't quite broken yet. Check out Alonso's quote below:
"If it hasn’t been permanently damaged, it is definitely cracked to the point where it can be permanently damaged. It’s going to be interesting to see how they move forward, because Butcher broke an ideal bond of trust. These guys were best friends. They both knew each other’s backstories, they both knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and they knew each other’s demons. What Butcher did by lying to MM and hooking up with his arch nemesis behind his back for his own personal revenge, that’s something that they’re going to have to wrestle with and deal with. That’s not something that they’re going to be able to just gloss over. So I can imagine Season 4 will probably address lack of trust [with] Butcher and put his leadership in question as well."
Beyond teaming up with Soldier Boy, further strain has been put on MM and Butcher's relationship because of Butcher's use of Temp-V. Butcher is willing to kill himself with the drug, not only by causing a deadly amount of brain damage in his pursuit of revenge, but also by becoming the very thing he detests to gain it. Considering he concealed the fact he was taking Temp-V in the first place, he's likely not to tell MM or the rest of the Boys that he's dying until the exact moment he needs to in order to gain their sympathy for another one of his dangerous plans.
The Boys season 3 has better fleshed out MM, whose motivations have previously been ill-defined. It has gone a long way in showing why he and Butcher are so fundamentally different, and why this break in their partnership was bound to happen. MM is nothing if not loyal, though, and he will likely stick to Butcher one way or another until the bitter end (and hopefully that ending is different than the comics). Although reluctant to do so, MM has always been the glue of the titular group, and if anyone has the qualities to make a strong leader, it's him. If Butcher can't see his revenge through, it's more than possible MM will step up to lead The Boys down the line.