Crisis on Infinite Earths: Arrowverse has finally set up its Endgame


The Crisis is coming! On the heels of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, DC’s Arrowverse sets up for a massive crossover of its own, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The CW’s Arrowverse has been a cornerstone in Superhero TV ever since the debut of Arrow back in 2012. The Crisis has been hinted since the very first season of The Flash which indicated that the Crisis would be coming in 2024. However, the end of their 2018 crossover “Elseworlds” confirmed the fact that “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will come sooner rather than later.

“Elseworlds” was essentially a setup for “Crisis.”

The Monitor was teased out to be a villain, but he was ultimately testing the entire multiverse in order to decide who was fit to take on the challenge of saving the entire multiverse.

Psycho-Pirate was also introduced, a character who worked for the Anti-Monitor in the comics and was one of the side villains. And during the closing moments of “Elseworlds,” he even recited exact lines from the comics. While talking to Doctor Bizzaro, he said, “Everything is as it should be. The stage is set. Worlds will live. Worlds will die. And the universe will never be the same.”

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All of the shows have wrapped up their respective season finales, all of which teased the Crisis in a major way.

Arrow finally answered the question on what the deal was that Oliver made with The Monitor in the exchange of saving Barry and Kara’s lives. He owed him a favor and, during the closing moments, The Monitor came to collect the so-called favor while he also reveals that it is Oliver’s destiny to die in the Crisis and he cannot prevent his passing. The Monitor also said that Oliver can prevent the deaths of countless more, including Felicity and their daughter.

The flash-forward part of the show also gave us a glance at Oliver’s gravestone, which confirmed he is destined to die in 2019. The Monitor appeared to the future version of Felicity and offers to take her to Oliver as they can finally be reunited, possibly in the afterlife, wrapping up Emily Bett’s arc on the show.

The Flash‘s season finale was the pivotal setup to “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” The dates on the future newspaper with the infamous headline “Flash Missing, Vanishes in Crisis” began to change from 2024 to 2019. This was the major repercussions of Reverse-Flash’s plan to avoid execution in the future.

According to a report from CBR, the some of the text on the newspaper now reads:

"After an extreme battle with the Reverse-Flash, our city’s very own Scarlet Speedster disappeared in an explosion of light. The cause of the fight is currently unknown. According to witnesses, The Flash, with help from Star City’s Green Arrow, White Canary, Supergirl, Batwoman and a slew of other legendary heroes, began fighting the Reverse-Flash around midnight last night. The sky took on a deep crimson color as the ensuing battle created the most destruction this city has seen since The Flash first arrived to Central City.It appeared at one point they were having a very heated argument before continuing the fight. Then, suddenly, The Flash sped after Reverse-Flash, and the two vanished, leaving Green Arrow and the others behind."

Lex Luthor, the main villain in this season of Supergirl, was shot and killed by his sister Lena in the finale.

The final scenes saw The Monitor interfere in the events of Supergirl. He appeared in National City with a hooded figure dressed in black who is credited as Malefic J’onzz (arch-nemesis of J’onn J’onzz) and he told him to avenge himself for he had been wronged. The Monitor also went to Luthor’s secret base and stood in front of his body. He summoned temporal energy in what looked like an attempt to resurrect him.

In Legends of Tomorrow, he was just eating popcorn and observing the Legends’ charades to see whether their skill set is fit to save the world or not. Which, turns out it is, since they are clearly a part of this year’s crossover.

Earlier at the CW’s upfront presentation, according to a report from Variety, it was revealed that the crossover event will be in five parts and will include all the five Arrowverse shows The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow, and of course the final season of Arrow. Three episodes will air in December this year with two more in early 2020.

Deadline reports The CW president has said that this Arrowverse take on Crisis on Infinite Earths will take some big swings from the comic books.

This is the first time any Arrowverse crossover has been set over two quarters, so I think it might end on some kind of big cliffhanger which will possibly see some of our major characters die. The possibilities are endless. It can also trick us into believing that The Flash might vanish with that cliffhanger, while it actually ends up with Oliver dying. That is to say, that there could still be a Flash dying, but they could be from another earth. There could be multiple deaths. Superman could die in the place of Supergirl as well. We will dive deeper into these theories as the show reveals more details.

In the comic arc run, “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, the two major deaths are actually Supergirl and The Flash. It seems unlikely the network would kill off two leads from some of their most popular shows but many fans have speculated Oliver will take their place.

Earlier, I thought the entire Arrowverse will exist as one massive crossover in Fall 2019, which was going to be a tough challenge judging by the number of people involved in the show. Now, we have a clearer picture of how the shows will individually set up the Crisis.

Except for Legends of Tomorrow, all of the Arrowverse shows (including newcomer Batwoman) are going to premiere in the fall. We could see the four ongoing Arrowverse shows playing a similar role, using the months of October and November to build toward the big crossover.

Arrow‘s season 7 finale hinted that Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen will actually be a part of crossovers throughout season 8 before the Crises itself since a lot of time has actually passed after he and Felicity went into hiding. Depending on exactly how much time passed, season 8 could cover Oliver and The Monitor going into the multiverse and recruiting heroes to fight the Anti-Monitor while the rest of the Team Arrow struggles to carry on without him. The season could also follow the future storyline.

The Oliver/Monitor relationship could be a good substitute for the Harbinger/Monitor relationship in the comics.

The Flash‘s finale made it clear that the future has been changed thanks to the destruction of Cicada’s dagger which led up to Nora fading out of existence. That’s most likely the reason the date of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” has moved up. Season 6 may feature Team Flash fighting new threats connected to the coming Crisis.

As far as Legends goes, the events of The Flash could directly affect Legends season 5. They will have to deal with the impact of a new timeline suddenly coming into existence. There is also a potential for more inter-connectivity between The Flash and Legends since they both can work together leading up to Crisis.

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As the first full official trailer shows, Batwoman might not be as involved in the buildup to “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Batwoman will initially take place before the events of “Elseworlds.” The show does have its own first season to look forward to.

Supergirl will ultimately be more impacted with the fallout of “Crisis,” as the multiverse is more likely to be destroyed and merged into one. However, it could build up towards “Crisis” with red skies and all since the Crisis will affect the entire multiverse. So, the closer the Arrowverse gets to this seismic event the clearer the effects will be on Earth-38.

So what are your thoughts on Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earth? I’m very hyped! How excited are you? Comment below and let us know.