(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not watched all four episodes of the “Crisis on Earth X” crossover. Plot details will be discussed.)
The annual crossover between ARROW, THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW has just concluded and, perhaps more than any other year, the four-part event left major ramifications for characters going forward.
As timely as you can get, the storyline this year involved invaders from an alternate dimension called Earth-X, where Nazis won the war and still ruled the world. Where on earth did the writers get that idea?
In any case, the Nazi invaders interrupted Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris’ (Candice Patton) long-awaited wedding and revealed that alternate versions of Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) were after our Supergirl’s heart – because Earth-X’s Kara, Overgirl, would die otherwise.
Between the explosions and the punching of Nazis, some major things went down. Below are five of the biggest moments of revelation, mystery or foreshadowing raised during the four-night event.
1. Did The Flash just introduce Barry and Iris’ daughter?
In the first episode, before everything went down, Barry was approached by a young woman working as a caterer at his wedding. She seemed a little too excited about being there and witnessing “a wedding for the ages” and more importantly, she was played by Jessica Parker Kennedy, a recognizable TV actress who has starred in several other shows for The CW, including 90210 and The Secret Circle, dating all the way back to The WB and Smallville. This is not some random caterer. Many fans are speculating she is in fact Dawn Allen, Barry and Iris’ future daughter who somehow time-traveled back in time to witness her parents’ wedding.
2. Welcome to the team, (The) Ray
The crossover also introduced a new character who is probably going to be showing up again in the future. Ray “The Ray” Terrill (Russell Tovey) meets the heroes on Earth X, but reveals he’s actually from Earth 1. While he returns back to his borrowed reality by the end of the crossover – likely to help the Resistance there still fighting Nazis – the superhero already has a future in the Arrowverse. He’s headlining his own animated series on CW Seed, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, and he definitely had some chemistry with Curtis (Echo Kellum) in their last scene together. Sure, he’s with Earth X’s Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), but we know Miller is leaving the franchise and this interloper decided to stay behind at the end of the episode, which could put him in a certain amount of danger.
3. Goodbye, Martin Stein (and Firestorm)
We’ve known Victor Garber was leaving the Arrowverse for a while, and for a while during the crossover, it seemed like the character of Martin Stein, one half of the duo Firestorm, would be doing so through retirement from the superhero gig in order to spend more time with his family. In the final two hours, however, the story took a turn and Martin took a bullet to the back. With one heroic effort, he pulls a lever that opens a portal allowing his friends to escape back to Earth 1, and later dies after convincing Jax (Franz Drameh) to separate them for good. Of course, this seems like a more permanent exit for Garber than just the initial retirement plan, but this is the Arrowverse, where time travel and resurrection are an almost weekly occurrence. And it’s not like Garber will be on Broadway forever. Meanwhile, the Legend formerly known as Firestorm is no more, and Jefferson is left on the Waverider without his partner and without any superpowers.
4. Two weddings for the price of one
Barry and Iris decide to forgo a second elaborate church wedding (less chance of Nazis) and get Diggle (David Ramsey) to officiate a quick vow exchange to make it all legal, but little did they know their only witnesses Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) would catch wedding fever too and decide to get hitched themselves, right there on the spot. It’s especially surprising considering the two had spent the majority of the crossover arguing over whether they would ever get married. But that’s all put to bed as Felicity, the reticent one, pops the question and The CW suddenly has itself two married superheroes.
5. Harrison Wells vs Superman?
In almost a throwaway comment, the unkillable time-hopper Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), who has teamed up with Earth X Nazis because of course he has, tells Supegirl that in the future, he has some kind of fight with Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), which maybe doesn’t go the way of the Man of Steel. If that’s not a line that’s setting up for something we’ll see in the future, well, what a waste.
And that’s it. For now. Until next year, when we’ll probably be adding Black Lightning to the mix.