What "Crisis On Infinite Earths" Means For The Arrowverse In 2019

Spoilers ahead for the Arrowverse Elseworlds crossover. To say this year’s Arrowverse crossover was a game changer would be an understatement. It not only left fans with some epic fights and cliffhangers, it also revealed that "Crisis On Infinite Earths" is coming to the Arrowverse in fall 2019. Any DC comic fan knows that this means certain doom for some major characters, and it might be the biggest crossover the TV heroes have seen yet.

On the "Elseworlds Part 3" episode, the final chapter in this year’s crossover, Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl seem to have come out on top of Dr. John Deegan and The Monitor. However, it’s still not very clear what The Monitor’s motives were; they seemed malicious, but there were also times he didn’t strike when he definitely could have. Despite this "happy" ending, however, several things point to a major, catastrophic event happening in the Arrowverse.

For one, even though Deegan is locked up in Arkham Asylum, Kate Kane calls Kara up to alert her to the fact that he’s made friends with another inmate. The camera pans to a prisoner seen earlier with a golden mask. Pulling from the comics, that man is Roger Hayden, aka Psycho-Pirate. Then the words "Crisis on Infinite Earths Fall 2019" emerged on-screen. All of this is basically a warning call that the comic book version of "Crisis" is going to go down next season, and fans need to buckle up.

The word “Crisis” has been thrown around a lot in the Arrowverse already, a few times being during this crossover, and even last crossover with “Crisis On Earth X.” However, fans of The Flash know that their favorite hero, Barry Allen, goes missing in a crisis that happens in the future, on April 25, 2024 to be exact. The article — which is written by Iris West-Allen — has the headline, “Flash Missing — Vanishes In Crisis” and another that says, “Red Skies Vanish.” As was seen in “Elseworlds,” the red lighting skies were a harbinger of the Monitor and his work. So the Monitor will come back, as the comics also suggest. Which is of course to be expected, considering his storyline has to do with “Crisis On Infinite Earths” as well.

As one Twitter user, @DT2ComicsChat, pointed out, the Monitor mentioned a “he” that is coming. As that user guessed, and also as the comics would imply, that “he” is the Anti-Monitor, the sinister one out of the two. In the comics, the Monitor was created out of the fact that Anti-Monitor came into being. The Monitor is supposed to protect the Multiverse from Anti-Monitor and as IGN reports, he also uses the Book of Destiny to create even greater heroes out of the superheroes earth already has in order to gain a battalion to fight against the threat that is Anti-Monitor. That first bit was already seen in this crossover, even if it wasn’t super obvious if he was helping or hurting the heroes.

This announcement of the crossover a whole year in advance is unlike how it’s gone in the past. Usually fans might get news in the summer, or this year they got news it would be “Elseworlds” in September. Does this mean that it’ll be more than a crossover, and be the plots for all of the shows? Greg Berlanti has had “Crisis” planned out for a while, The Flash showrunner Todd Helbing told ComicBook.com in November. “Greg [Berlanti] really has a sort of master plan of things, and I’m really excited about how it’s going to pay off,” he said when asked about “Crisis On Infinite Earths.”

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