Not all supes in the world of The Boys are created equal; look at the power level between Homelander and Queen Maeve to Pop Claw or Love Sausage. The same is true for the students of Godolkin University in Gen V; while the main cast all have useful powers, some of the student body have….dolphin blowholes in their backs. There is one that’s considered to be the strongest, and it’s not Sam (Asa Germann); it’s the blood-bending Marie (Jaz Sinclair).
The fifth episode of Gen V, “Welcome to the Monster Club,” gave Marie a power upgrade and alluded to the upper-limit of her power.
We know that Marie is powerful for a few different reasons: the first is Dean Shetty (Shelley Coon) outright telling Dr. Cardosa (Marco Pigossi) that’ Marie is one of the most powerful supes she’s ever seen. In addition, Dean Shetty admits that Marie’s power is one of the most unique.
Gen V has highlighted very different power sets than those found in The Boys, but Dean Shetty’s admission is true, as no “bender” abilities have been seen so far. The closest might be Starlight (Erin Moriarty) and her ability to absorb and redirect light. That’s still far removed from what Marie can do with blood manipulation, which she’s already shown can be used to create blades, moved back into a body, and in “Welcome to the Monster Club,” even manipulated while it’s still inside a human body.
The fine control Marie has over her power has grown by leaps and bounds since it first manifested as a teenager, especially when she can detect the tracking chips implanted in her friends. She can tell a chip is sitting just under the skin and pinpoint exactly where it is by focusing on blood flow. Gen V amplifies the sound of a heart pumping blood while she’s focusing, which has the terrible implication that with her blood control, Marie could cause anyone’s heart to explode with just a thought.
Gen V has highlighted very different power sets than those found in The Boys, but Dean Shetty’s admission is true, as no “bender” abilities have been seen so far.
The Boys has shown us how dangerous Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) can be with her ability to explode heads, Scanners-style. Though effective, it’s not subtle, while Gen V heavily implies that Marie’s ability to inflict instant death would look like natural causes. Stopping blood flow for just a second can induce a stroke, which wouldn’t even kill someone but could leave them incapacitated.
The final clue Gen V’s latest episode gave us was the revelation that Marie has a benefactor, someone high up in Vought who’s protecting her from being experimented on in The Woods.
Marie’s capabilities are rapidly expanding, with a quick throw-away conversation with Emma (Lizzie Broadway) revealing a new level of power. Using her “blood-bending” affinity, Marie was able to tell Emma that her period was going to arrive in two weeks. This level of fine control takes skill to utilize properly, especially in the few seconds that Marie was focusing on her roommate, and is further proof that Gen V’s most dangerous supe isn’t Sam (despite the puppet fight massacre).
Could Marie ultimately prove to be a threat to Homelander? The final clue Gen V’s latest episode gave us was the revelation that Marie has a benefactor, someone high up in Vought who’s protecting her from being experimented on in The Woods. Given that the series takes place simultaneously with The Boys Season 4, and the fallout of Homelander murdering a protestor in broad daylight, it stands to reason that Vought is trying to get their premier supe and the leader of The Seven back under control.
We don’t know yet how Gen V will tie into The Boys, but Homelander has been shown to be weak to a sonic attack, and even his super-powered body functions like a normal human, just more powerful. Stop the blood to his brain, and it’s possible that Homelander will suffer a stroke like anyone else. Given all that we know now, Marie could very well be the most powerful supe in the world of The Boys.