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After blowing audience expectations away with its boisterous, envelope-pushing first season, Amazon's The Boys is returning to the streaming service for Season 2 later this year, and things will only get more complicated for the titular group of anti-superhero vigilantes. One of the biggest complications will no doubt be the arrival of the mega-powerful supe who goes by the name of Stormfront, and we finally have our first look at the quasi-hero.

As portrayed by Aya Cash of You're the Worst and Fosse/Verdon fame, Stormfront's live-action debut will be a twist on the comic book source material, where the character was a square-jawed male. Check out Cash's Stormfront below!

Stormfront will be the newest member of the branded and owned superhero team The Seven, who lost their non-powered leader near the end of Season 1 while their multi-powered leader became more confident and cruel. Considering Stormfront is the one supe that could hold her own in a fisticuffs brawl against Homelander, she's clearly the one he'll need to be worried about the most. (I mean, he should be worried about Karl Urban's Butcher more than anything, but keep your friends close and all that.)

For anyone wondering what to expect from Stormfront's transition from comics to TV, here's how Aya Cash described things to EW, saying:

I think Stormfront is like a nuclear bomb that goes off in the Seven. Maybe nuclear bomb isn’t the right word. We’re in Chernobyl. There you go. It’s a Chernobyl thing. . . . I think she’s here to blow up Vought. She’s here to try to get Vought back to the original idea behind creating superheroes... And she can be quite the feminist. There’s a lot of, I wouldn’t say misdirect, but she also is a very empowered woman.

As created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson, and first appearing in The Boys #7, Stormfront was very much a male brute whose conceit borrowed in part from DC's Shazam! and the legend of Thor. His origin story, at least the one that the public was aware of, stated that he was a reincarnated Viking, which was convincingly backed up by his use of electrical powers and the ability to control the weather.

Of course, Stormfront's true origin, as hinted at by the image above, delves heavily into the Nazi history. As not to give away too much, since it's not clear how much of that storyline will come through in Aya Cash's story, the character was experimented on as a child, and even though some of Hitler's own advisers called for the powered-up youngin to be destroyed, he survived and lived on in the United States.

For what it's worth, Aya Cash says even though her version of Stormfront shares a moral fortitude with generations older than her, she's a very social media-aware young woman, and is savvy in ways that Homelander will never be. And she apparently won't back down from him whenever he tries to be intimidating, which definitely isn't something he's used to. So even though Stormfront might have some troubling issues from her past, fans will likely enjoy watching her get under the skin of the planet's most powerful superhero.

The Boys will return to Amazon for Season 2 later in 2020, with an official premiere date not yet being released. Stormfront isn't the only fan-favorite comic character making a debut in Season 2, either.Check out the bloodified Season 2 trailer, and stay tuned for all the other big premieres happening in the Winter and Spring TV schedule.