The CW’s big Arrowverse “Invasion!” crossover event last season was excellent in concept, but it was a bit lacking in execution. The idea of a time-spanning, alien invasion that combined multiple series — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow — sounded great on paper, no doubt; unfortunately, the storyline tried to combine too many plot threads (in particular, The Flash‘s poorly-handled Flashpoint), and ultimately came off a little flat.
Despite the missteps, there were some solid character moments, and damned if it wasn’t a whole lotta over-the-top, dumb fun. However, the creators, led by EP Marc Guggenheim, acknowledged their mistakes and promised to come back bigger and better this year. CinemaBlend laid out the details, and wow, they weren’t kidding! At the same time, the imagery promoting this event contains possible spoilers for the upcoming Arrow Season 6, which is kind of awkward…
Crisis on Earth X, the 4-part crossover event, begins November 27 on The CW! pic.twitter.com/IYSU23s8oA
— The Flash (@CW_TheFlash) September 22, 2017
As you can see from The Flash‘s Twitter account, the event re-imagines DC Comic’s classic Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline — a 12-issue mini-series that essentially squashed DC’s confusing, 50-year-old multiverse. The Crisis storyline also famously killed-off Supergirl and Barry Allen’s The Flash. I wouldn’t expect anything remotely this ground-shaking to take place in The CW’s quasi-adaptation, however.
In this season’s Arrowverse crossover, called “Crisis on Earth-X,” we once again combine Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow in a four-hour mini-series event (played-out over two nights in November). Our heroes will face evil or dark versions of themselves — expect lots of wigs and goatees!
The crossover will also introduce The Ray (Russell Tovey), who uses light-based powers — absorbing, storing, and processing light, including flight abilities — the Ray is apparently key to the whole crossover event.
Surprisingly, the promo image above appears to reveal some key secrets from Arrow Season 6. If you’ll recall, Season 5 ended on a cliffhanger: the entire Team Arrow was marooned on Lian Yu, and were possibly killed in massive series of explosions caused by big-bad Prometheus. The above image shows Arrow, Mr. Terrific, Wild Dog, Black Canary — but no Diggle, Felicity or Thea; however, IMDb lists Felicty in the credits for Season 6 Episode 1.
Did The CW just spoil who lived and who died on Lian Yu in Arrow’s Season 5 cliffhanger?
However, it would be foolish to trust the credits for any Arrow Season 6 episode at this point. Arrow fans know too well the show’s propensity for flashbacks. Additionally, since the Legends of Tomorrow have this time-travel ability, it’s entirely possible that Mr. Terrific, Wild Dog, and Black Canary only appear somewhere in the past. That said, there’s no mention of time travel in the description for this crossover.
Therein lies the problem with such multi-show events. Each series is busy telling their own stories, including many mysteries and secrets specific to each show. The big takeaway from last season’s crossover is to basically ignore whatever’s going on in each series and just concentrate on the storytelling taking place within the event. Basically, that’s what comic books like Justice League or The Avengers have been doing for years — the rosters and events in those books does not necessarily correspond to anything happening anywhere else in continuity. Hopefully, this lesson is applied here too.
DC’s been making evil-doppleganger comics for decades, and its always fun to see opposite versions of favorite characters. The team-ups and fight choreography should be fantastic. Oh, and apparently there’s a Barry-Iris wedding crammed into the middle of this thing too. Can’t wait!
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The Arrowverse crossover event hits The CW on November 27-28, 2017.
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