The mega "Crisis On Infinite Earths" crossover has come and gone. While there were some undesirable changes to the Arrow-verse, the end result is certainly better than the complete annihilation of all existing life. The Paragons did the best they could and will now return to their respective shows to deal with the consequences that will come along the way. They must have a lot of questions about what their lives look like on Earth Prime, and they aren't the only ones.
There are a lot of major questions the Arrow-verse left on the table immediately following "Crisis On Infinite Earths," and I'd love some answers.
Should Fans Expect More Character Crossovers Between Shows?
Earth Prime is now the home of characters from The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow and the upcoming Superman & Lois. That means the shows' heroes, villains, and side characters all share an Earth, and could all feasibly spend a lot more time together in the future.
To be honest, that was always an option given the powers of the extrapolater, and three of those shows already shared a world prior to the merger. Still, the extrapolater was typically only used for major heroes contacting other major heroes, and not villains from The Flash suddenly appearing in Supergirl's National City. I'd love to see some villains flip-flop between shows, and maybe some more minor characters get arcs in other shows just to strengthen the connection between these series and characters.
Has Black Lightning Finally Embraced The Arrow-verse?
For two years Black Lightning has operated entirely separate from the rest of the Arrow-verse. Then news broke that Black Lightning would be a part of the "Crisis On Infinite Earths" crossover and the whole thing ended with Jefferson Pierce being a member of the new superhero team and his entire city becoming a part of Earth Prime.
It feels like Black Lightning has officially embraced the rest of the Arrow-verse, but it will be interesting to see to what degree. Will the series continue to isolate itself from the rest of the pack with the exception of the occasional crossover, or will some heroes start to turn up in Freeland? I'm inclined to think Black Lightning will continue doing its own thing, though I can't help but wonder why The CW wouldn't have just put it back on a separate Earth if that was the ultimate intention.
How Will Earth Prime Contain Superman And Supergirl?
The Arrow-verse just put two of its strongest characters on the same Earth as its other heroes, which could be a problem. Now, whenever Barry is struggling against Reverse-Flash or some other villain, the question will always come up: "Why don't they just call them?" Welcome to the problem DC Comics has had for decades, in which it must often explain why Superman and Supergirl can't just swoop in and save the day every time.
In the past, DC Comics has usually made sure each hero's plate was about as full as possible. If they're dealing with their own stuff, then it makes sense they won't have time to hop in and help Black Lightning or The Flash in a life-or-death situation. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Arrow-verse perhaps starts to put a little strain on these heroes' relationships over various things, if only to further explain why they aren't assembling the team for any minor emergency.
Which Earths Survived And Which Ones Didn't?
A lot of worlds were destroyed in "Crisis On Infinite Earths," and while we do know that some worlds lived and even combined following the defeat of Anti-Monitor, we have no idea on a bulk of other things. Is Earth-99 gone forever? What about Earth-X? Viewers saw the worlds that contained Titans, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, and even the Green Lantern world were protected, but there are many Earths we don't know the fate of.
It's an important question, and hopefully one that gets addressed as the Arrow-verse moves forward. It's possible the writers didn't want to dwell too much on the death toll in the crossover, even if the heroes got to get their worlds back relatively unchanged. Surely there can't be two versions of National City and Freeland on one Earth, so what happened to those people on Supergirl and Black Lightning's original Earths? Did they just cease to exist post-universe restart? I need some answers.
What Is Lex Luthor's Grand Plan?
Every Paragon awoke to some differences on Earth Prime, but they were largely the same people. Well, minus Jon Cryer's Lex Luthor, who looks to be viewed as a living saint amongst humanity and someone even Alex Danvers admires. How did Lex's public perception change so radically on Earth Prime, and what exactly is his grand plan?
The only thing we know is that Lex likely has something in the works. He's a Paragon, so he knows exactly who he was before Earth Prime. His wink to Kara at the press-conference confirmed that, and now Supergirl looks like a crazy person trying to warn people about a man who literally won the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm thinking either Lex made a deal with the Monitor and Kara didn't realize, or he wrote a couple more things in the Book of Destiny the Paragons didn't know about. What is he up to? I'm eager to find out.
Will Stephen Amell Return To The Arrow-verse After Arrow?
Oliver Queen is dead. It's the fate we knew the character was headed towards for some time, but now he's officially gone and the Arrow-verse has gone to extreme lengths to persuade its audience he'll never be seen again. That said, Oliver became Spectre, a character that transcends dimensions and is one of DC's strongest heroes. Is it possible Oliver and Stephen Amell could live on through Spectre, or appear some other way?
Stephen Amell will appear in the Arrow series finale, so in the short term, the answer is yes. After that, Amell has a lot of projects in the works so it's unknown how available he'll be for any future collaborations. That said, Amell practically built this empire, and has seemingly enjoyed the ride over the years. Amell could resurface as another world's hero or villain. For now we have no idea what he'll do.
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Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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