Before its premiere The youngSeason 3 was hyped for the arrival of Soldier Boy, but in many ways it was actually the season of MM.
As the voice of reason in the ragtag group of anti-supes, Laz Alonso’s character shone in scenes that were both dramatic (his explanation of his OCD) and comedic (his reaction to Herogasm). By connecting MM’s past with the introduction of Soldier Boy (who was responsible for the murder of MM’s grandfather), the Prime Video drama dug deep into one of its most underrated players.
“It’s like [being] a kid in a candy store that has such a large cast and spends so much screen time filling in really a lot of blanks about your character and your character’s backstory,” Alonso tells TVLine. “The character definitely had fans from seasons 1 and 2, but they also had a lot of questions on Twitter. You would always hear them [asking] like, “Well, why would MM do that? Why don’t you tell us about MM?’ Various things like this, and it feels really good to be able to answer a lot of these questions that used to be kind of Twitter tossups. Now people understand the true backstory and what drives him.”
Below, Alonso also talks about MM’s rift with Butcher, whether his character will become the leader of the Boys in Season 4, and the “insanely hilarious” Herogasm things he’s improved.
TVLINE | How much did you know about MM’s backstory and Soldier Boy connection ahead of Season 3? And what kind of conversations have you had with showrunner Eric Kripke about it?
We actually had a lot of of conversations because unlike our other season where we really only had a few months off and then we’re back at it, this particular season we’ve had a full year off because of COVID and 2020. So it really facilitated a tremendous amount of conversation. Also, I spoke to Kripke every day during the George Floyd situations and told him that our show shows society a mirror, that I would like to be able to somehow tell this story of abuse and brutality in the black community through mine Character. And here Eric Kripke took that and played with it and found a way to connect good old American idealism to a character like Soldier Boy, that hero in America [who is] worshiped like our bright and shining armor, and behind closed doors he really wasn’t what he imagined. And even when it came to how he behaved in the BIPOC communities, he wasn’t as upstanding and honorable.
TVLINE | This season we’ve also seen a split between Butcher and the rest of The Boys, particularly at MM. Is that friendship permanently damaged?
If it hasn’t been permanently damaged, it’s definitely cracked to the point it is can be permanently damaged. It will be interesting to see how they progress as 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 both knew each other’s demons. What Butcher has done, lying to MM and ganging up on his nemesis behind his back for his own personal vengeance, is something they must contend with and deal with. This is not something they can just sugarcoat. So I imagine Season 4 will likely address the lack of trust [with] Metzger and also questioned his leadership.
TVLINE | Given what happens in the season finale, do you see that MM will take more of a leadership role within The Boys in season 4?
I don’t know because MM really doesn’t want to be the leader of The Boys. It’s something he absolutely despises, which is to have the title. But he’s probably the grown-up in the room, and that includes Butcher when it comes to letting anger, revenge and impulse guide him. He’s usually the voice of reason, the voice of logic, and he keeps the ship afloat.
TVLINE | And MM and the rest of The Boys don’t know about Butcher’s diagnosis, right?
no It will be interesting to see how and when it comes.
TVLINE | I envision a butcher who has nothing to lose, more than ever, with that kind of deadline in his life to potentially be a very scary thing for all characters.
Yes, if he was hard to control before, now it’s going crazy.
TVLINE | I love that Annie is now a part of The Boys because some of the funniest and most emotional scenes this season took place between your two characters. So it’s fitting that he welcomes her to the group.
Yeah, they’re the kind of couple that no one saw coming. Similar to how Butcher and Soldier Boy became a duo. Who knew MM and Annie would work so well together? If you think about the role she played in the Supes, they’re definitely a reflection of each other, and they’re both the voice of reason. It helps to have them there, to have an extra person in the room with a logical mind, a non-reactive mind, to try and keep us on a mission.
TVLINE | They also now have two people with skills on the boys’ side. How do you think that will shake up the momentum next season?
starlight [also] discovered some new powers she didn’t know she had… One thing we’ve seen this season is that the tables have turned a bit in our favor with Temp V, so it’s going to be interesting too see what happens to Temp V because that toothpaste is out of the tube now. So it can fall into many hands, both good and bad. So it will be interesting to see the dynamic that plays out with the team.
TVLINE | Speaking of Annie and MM, I loved their reactions in the “Herogasm” episode and their kind of weird buddy comedy energy. What was your fondest memory of filming Herogasm?
This episode was filled with various crazy moments that to this day are just too many to mention. But I think the outtakes after the Love Sausage reunion were insanely hilarious. Like the moment they yelled “Cut!” the whole set just bursts out laughing. So it would be nice to see those outtakes one day.
TVLINE | Were you able to improve significantly in this interaction?
Yes, absolutely. A lot of what didn’t make the show came from improvisation because these guys have such a common history that the character Annie wasn’t aware of. That moment where they kind of reconnect was pretty funny.
TVLINE | You have to Give me one of your impromptu lines that has been cut.
When Annie described MM’s ability to please her verbally, some of that physical humor I did had the entire set on the floor, and I’ll let you imagine what some of that physical humor was. There was a lot of tongue movement during this scene.
TVLINE | In the finale, there’s this great little moment in that massive fight sequence where you say, “F–k your shield, bitch!” to the soldier boy. Was it script or improvisation?
It was actually scripted. But we played it in different ways. So the delivery is where the improvisation came into play. was that funny Did that come across as funny?
TVLINE | Yes. And it felt So gratifying for the character to be able to say that to Soldier Boy.
OK, because we played it in so many different ways, how intense and painful… We played it in so many different ways. I haven’t seen the season finale yet, so I’m curious to see which one they end up dealing with.