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Supergirl has gone in an unexpected direction with Mon-El in Season 3. The second season ended with Kara convinced she would never see the man she loved ever again, only for the third to bring a future version of him back to Earth as a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes with a super-wife at his side. Actor Chris Wood has had some new material to work with, and he had this to say about how he feels regarding Mon-El's new direction:
I think it's a great full-circle thing. When we first met Mon-El, emotionally, he was like a 16-year-old. He had very little knowledge, Kara had to teach him everything. Then we flashed forward, and now he's a man. He's come into his own and really found that heroism. . . . He's able to bring something to the table that's new for her. The message isn't just that you can learn something from everyone; it also shows Mon-El's progress, that he's come to a place where he's comfortable enough to know he has something to share with her that she isn't already utilizing.
The dynamic between Kara and Mon-El has been incredibly different in Season 3 than it was in Season 2. As difficult as their time apart was for poor Kara, they've both grown as people and heroes because of it. Mon-El is all but unrecognizable from the immature Daxamite prince-in-hiding he was last season, and not just because he has a beard now. Chris Wood's comments to TVLine indicate that Mon-El has found his place among the team at the DEO as well as the Legion now that he's grown into a functional adult on his own.
Of course, he's not the most functional person working with the DEO nowadays. There's discord within the ranks of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and his relationship with his wife has only gotten more complicated now that Kara is back in the mix. Supergirl hasn't gone full love triangle at this point, but it's a messy situation for everybody at a point when they're already in a giant mess thanks to the Worldkillers. We can only hope that the maturity that has enabled him to bring something unique to the good fight in Season 3 will keep him on the straight and narrow.
That said, Mon-El might be torn in a couple of different directions sooner rather than later. The Legion's priorities are supposed to be different than those of the DEO, but Mon-El has gotten sucked into the action with his old friends on Earth more than Imra and Brainy would like. The good guys could wind up in a lot of trouble if they're not a united front when facing the Worldkillers now that the Worldkillers are together. Could discord among the heroes be what leads to the death of that major character?
We'll have to wait and see. Mon-El's contributions to Kara's mission -- including his lessons in using capes in battle -- have been helpful so far, and battling Reign and Co. is an all-hands-on-deck kind of situation. Only time will tell if Mon-El will keep going in his new direction and how Kara will react to his presence.
Tune in to The CW on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET for new episodes of Supergirl. If you're still in the market for new shows in the coming weeks, take a look at our summer TV premiere guide. Our rundown of important superhero dates is worth a look as well. Supergirl has been renewed for Season 4, so we don't have to worry that all of the characters won't be back in the fall.