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The first footage for the Arrow-verse's "Elseworlds" crossover has been released, and it featured a very uncomfortable kiss between two characters. At least, that seems to be the case for one of them, as Stephen Amell's Barry Allen appears very confused and surprised that Iris is locking lips with him.
For Iris, it appears to be business as usual as she's still hopelessly in love with her best friend and meta dream man Barry Allen. For Barry, it appears to be a different story as Stephen Amell's version of the character seems shocked by his current life and his surroundings. It gives off the vibe that while he is Barry Allen to everyone else, this Barry knows there's something wrong with the situation.
It's possible this isn't Stephen Amell portraying an alternate Earth's Barry Allen, but rather Amell's Oliver Queen in a world where everyone else believes he's Barry Allen. If that's the case, somehow Oliver has retained enough of his memory to know this isn't right, but it's not clear from the footage how similar to Barry Allen he is. For example, Amell's Barry may be aware he's not the Barry Allen of Earth-1, but does he still have his speedster friend's powers?
The various photos Stephen Amell has posted on social media appear to indicate he will portray a speedster at some point during the "Elseworlds" crossover. There are no guarantees that the Barry Allen in this clip is the same as the one who suited up, however, and it could be one of those scenarios where Oliver Queen ends up standing in for some other Earth's doppelganger for reasons we can only guess at right now. Apparently, it's not for the free kisses, as Amell's Barry Allen looked taken aback by Iris' affection.
So, if this Barry Allen is confused by what's happening when he wakes up that morning, will the same be true for that Earth's Oliver Queen? It's possible Grant Gustin's Oliver Queen (provided he's Oliver on the same Earth where we see Stephen Amell's Barry) is also incredibly confused by what's happening. Conversely, there's a chance that nothing has changed for him, and he'll be confused by his friend's identity crisis and insistence that he is actually someone else.
Of course, this is all speculation and it's really hard to determine what's happening for sure in this "Elseworlds" footage. The only thing we seem to know for sure is that something crazy is going on, as the crossover's tagline "Destiny will be rewritten" flashed across the screen and confirmed something is not right in this scene. Hopefully, "Barry's" supposed identity crisis is only temporary and not "infinite," as one can never know what's coming with The Monitor in the mix.