‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is set to rock the Arrowverse this fall. Here’s what we know so far from what we’ve seen in the shows’ season finales.
2018’s Arrowverse crossover, ‘Elseworlds’, introduced the Monitor, an extra-dimensional being who recruited Arrow, the Flash, and Supergirl to stop a villain from decimating the world. That threat was thwarted by various heroes from a number of Earths banding together, but according to the Monitor, there was worse to come.
With the Arrowverse shows concluding their season finales over the last week, we now have an inkling as to what is about to happen to our heroes. And it isn’t good news. We break down what we’ve learned so far about ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ from the season finales.
Spoilers ahead for all Arrowverse season finales.
Arrow, the show that started it all, will be concluding with a curtailed final season, and it spells doom for the titular hero. As we saw in ‘Elseworlds’, Green Arrow made a deal with the Monitor to sacrifice himself in order to save the lives of his friends, The Flash and Supergirl.
In the closing moments of the season seven finale, ‘You Have Saved This City’, Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak are seen living in hiding with their daughter Mia when the Monitor comes for Oliver. The Monitor orders Oliver to join him on a secret mission and then frankly admits that Oliver will perish in the coming ‘Crisis’, which is something many critics, including us, suspected following the announcement of Arrow’s end.
How exactly will Oliver meet his demise is something we will have to wait to find out when the multi-show crossover airs.
There was much to wrap-up in The Flash’s season five finale and it was one of the rare shows where the Monitor did not make an appearance. However, the impact of ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ on The Flash was made obvious by a short scene at the very end of the episode.
As anyone who has been watching The Flash will know, sometime in the near future, The Flash will disappear under mysterious circumstances. When Nora West-Allen returns to 2019 from the future, she fills in some gaps. Namely, that Barry disappears in 2024, and worse, he never returns.
Unfortunately for the West-Allen family, it seems that there are other plans in the offing. Team Flash were manipulated into changing the past by Reverse-Flash, an event that not only caused Nora West-Allen to disappear, but may have permanently affected the timeline in other ways.
The future newspaper that Team Flash have been referring to for updates on Barry’s disappearance changes from 2024 to 2019, and there is only one significant enough event to cause The Flash’s disappearance this year— ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’.
What this will mean for the heroes is uncertain but one hopes that Barry will make it through the Crisis intact, as his loss or death would negate the sacrifices made for him by Nora, Oliver, and Felicity.
The Monitor introduced a whole new person on Supergirl’s season four finale, ‘Quest for Peace’, one who will have a massive impact on J’onn J’onzz in the next season. J’onn’s brother, Malefic, long believed to have been killed in the war on Mars, who, from the looks of it, has been in a hidden dimension under the Monitor’s protection and has only been brought to Earth now in time for ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’.
But the Monitor also seemed to have plans for the recently deceased Lex Luthor. Luthor had been a thorn in Team Supergirl’s side all season and it will be troubling if he is somehow brought back to life. With the Monitor’s power at his disposal, Luthor could do untold damage.
Whether or not the crime syndicate Leviathan will figure into ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is yet unclear but it could very well be the result of the Monitor and Anti-Monitor’s machinations.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The Legends weren’t involved in the ‘Elseworlds’ crossover and their schedule has been vastly different from the majority of the Arrowverse for a while. However, it has been confirmed that ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ will crossover all five Arrowverse shows—Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman. The Monitor’s brief appearance in the Legends’ season finale also confirms that the Legends will play some part in it, though in what capacity is unclear. During the finale, the Monitor did not interact with any of the Legends, instead standing at a distance and watching them.
From what we know so far, Legends will begin its fourth season at the end of the mid-season break when the other shows go on hiatus which means that ‘Crisis’ might be ending with Legends.
What that will mean for the Arrowverse still remains to be seen.
‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is set to change the Arrowverse considerably. We already know it will play a part in Arrow’s end but it seems that The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and recent addition Batwoman, will also suffer some fall-out from the event.
The crossovers thus far have attempted to be light-hearted affairs—even ‘Crisis on Earth-X’, which featured Nazis and the death of the much-loved Professor Stein. However, ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ seems intent on being dark, with major ramifications for all the characters and shows. It is certainly going to be a bold concept to execute and fans should prepare to be excited.
And to bring a big box of tissues.