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Arrow Season 8 Premiere Signals The Existence Of The Anti-Monitor

It's all coming together slowly.

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WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS for Arrow’s season 8 premiere episode titled “Starling City.”

Arrow is firing on all cylinders right from the first episode itself. In the season 8 premiere episode, Oliver Queen completed his first mission for the Monitor on Earth-2. He along with John Diggle and Laurel Lance were able to barely get out of Earth-2 as the world got destroyed. This has signaled the beginning of Crisis and it looks like the original comic book event slowly coming to life and it is sure to leave the universe in an even worse shape than Thanos and his Snap.

Oliver Watches Crisis Come To Life

Earth-2 becomes the first victim of Crisis. Pic courtesy: thecw
Earth-2 becomes the first victim of Crisis. Pic courtesy: thecw

Even though Oliver wasn’t even on his own earth, but he still saved the day. He talked down Tommy Merlyn, the now Dark Archer from committing a crime. Tommy then turned himself over to the police and gave the Dwarfstar particles to Oliver. This helped Oliver complete his mission from the Monitor. Just after that Laurel came in and said that the city was in danger. Oliver wanted to know from who, but Laurel was unable to answer. Then Oliver, Diggle and Laurel watched the walls turn red and then fade into white nothingness. What happened here is pretty similar to what Flash saw as the vision of the Crisis. Soon, the people who were inside got affected too. Oliver, Laurel and Diggel watched with horror as Dinah and Rene got sucked into a void.

As the team attempted to escape using Cisco’s device which allows one to travel between dimensions, Oliver found that one by one his loved ones- Moira, Tommy appeared through the portal only to get turned into dust. This stunned Oliver, but Laurel’s words brought him back to reality and the three disappeared through the portal.

Arrowverse’s Crisis Looks Similar To The Comics

The Anti-Monitor is here and he has already destroyed one universe. Pic courtesy: powerlisting.fandom.com
The Anti-Monitor is here and he has already destroyed one universe. Pic courtesy: powerlisting.fandom.com

The way Arrow has begun depicting Crisis is similar to how the destruction of the multiverse takes place in Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the comics, Anti-Monitor uses a antimatter canon. This eats up whole worlds and then universes. When it strikes a world then it eats everything up and leaves just a white void. Since Arrow’s season 8 premiere showed earth-2 getting destroyed then it’s not far fetched to assume that it was likely attacked with antimatter. This is slowly but surely raising the stakes for the upcoming crossover. Maybe Oliver will end up like the meme which Stephen Amell shared on his social media account a while back.

Arrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

To know more about the original comic book event titled Crisis On Infinite Earths, click on the trailer below:

(Source: CBR.com and in.ign.com)

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