Warning! The following contains heavy spoilers for the first three parts of The CW's "Crisis On Infinite Earths." Read at your own risk!
The CW is three parts into “Crisis On Infinite Earths,” and it has been a wild ride. As fun as all the numerous cameos and twists have been, however, this special has raised a lot of questions about how exactly things will be resolved on the return from winter break. Will this event end up changing the Arrow-verse as much as the original story changed DC Comics?
It's hard to say, though we’re relatively sure things will shake out okay for most of the Arrow-verse heroes even if we have no idea how. Let’s speculate on some of the bigger mysteries of this special, as well as put all our other burning questions about the remaining two parts of “Crisis On Infinite Earths” out in the universe for discussion!
Is Oliver Queen Dead For Good?
"Crisis On Infinite Earths" killed Oliver Queen in the first hour, but brought him back in the second. It was a small, but short-lived victory for Mia Smoak and the team as they then had to retrieve Oliver’s soul with the help of Lucifer Morningstar. The team goes to all the trouble of visiting Purgatory to pick up Oliver's soul, only for Spectre to sweep in with a mission for Oliver. What does this mean for the character’s future?
While we can only speculate, it seems likely the Arrow-verse will reveal Spectre has moved from Jim Corrigan's body to possess Oliver's. If so, will this possession only last throughout the entirety of "Crisis On Infinite Earths," or will the mysterious DC hero continue to possess Oliver long after to continue to have a strong host for its work? It could really go either way with Arrow ending, and even though there’s a spinoff in the works, I’d personally love to see Stephen Amell stay within the brand with occasional appearances as one of DC’s strongest and most mysterious heroes.
Why Does Ryan Choi Matter And Will He Become An Arrow-verse Regular?
Now that Brandon Routh’s Superman has swapped out for Lex Luthor, all but one Paragon has had at least a few appearances in the Arrow-verse. Ryan Choi is the odd man out, though he did get a shout out in The Flash Season 5 for being the developer of Barry’s suit that Nora gifted him from the future. Is Choi’s emergence as a Paragon the start of his tenure in the Arrow-verse?
We can’t say for sure, though we can say that it’s interesting that Choi, who in DC Comics was the successor to Ray Palmer’s Atom, has emerged now. Choi has already shown he’s a fanboy of Palmer, and with Brandon Routh set to exit Legends of Tomorrow, this could be the beginning of a transition in which Choi takes his place.
What Will The Paragons Do Next?
Part 3 of "Crisis On Infinite Earths" ended with the Paragons saved from the destruction of Earths, thanks to some last-minute decision-making by Pariah. He transported them to Vanishing Point, where they will be safe from The Anti-Monitor. It’s a good start considering the circumstances, though there's now the question of exactly what the heroes plus Lex Luthor can possibly do to save humanity.
In the comics, the Vanishing Point is home to the Linear Men, who police the timeline. It stands to reason they may be able to help the Paragons reverse the destruction of Earths via the Anti-Monitor, perhaps via time travel or through some other means. There was also a quick mention towards the end of Part 3 of the "Antimatter Universe," which could be a destination the heroes travel to provided they can handle the stress of that environment.
Where Is Reverse-Flash?
For all the knowledge Eobard Thawne had with regard to Crisis back in The Flash Season 5, it’s really weird he has yet to make an appearance in the special. After all, he was said to have played a role in Barry’s disappearance in the newspaper article, and in the comics, he was a big ally to the Anti-Monitor. Did he simply just forget all that and allow himself to be consumed by antimatter?
We don’t have the answers, though it is entirely possible Reverse-Flash could show up sometime during the final two parts of the special. After all, if there’s an Anti-Monitor, couldn’t there be Anti-Paragons as well? Here’s hoping!
Will Kara Be Able To Bring Back Earth-38?
All the Earths were destroyed by the end of the first three parts of "Crisis On Infinite Earths," though the event really zoned in on the destruction of Earth-38. Kara seems intent on getting her Earth back, and with so many Earths already destroyed, is it so crazy to think she won’t return to her National City eventually?
It seems like if all the other Earths are capable of being restored, then Kara will get Earth-38 back. Then again, there have been rumors that the Arrow-verse had plans to plant Supergirl on Earth-1 prior to the special, and the fact it keeps being brought up so much may mean some worlds will indeed stay dead at the end of this special. Perhaps saving Earth-38 is an impossibility, but Kara can start over with a bulk of the cast on Earth-1?
Has The Monitor's Plan Actually Failed?
Remember last time The Monitor sent the Paragons on a mission and it all went haywire? All that was intentional and according to his plan, so can we really trust all the events that have unfolded aren’t a part of Monitor’s plan? Granted, he did look concerned by Oliver’s early death, but even so, he could’ve just had a great poker face.
Another theory worth considering is that The Monitor did foresee the end of "Crisis On Infinite Earths" correctly, but he was just mistaken about when the events would take place. With the Paragons sitting at the hub of where time can be manipulated, perhaps this time they’ll refrain from trying to game the system and eventually play things out the way The Monitor intended them to happen. If Part 4 does result in a do-over of sorts, be sure to reference that future newspaper and see if it comes into play in the final parts.
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