Arrowverse is a fan-originated term which refers to the television franchise created by The CW that is based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics. The shared multiverse started with Arrow in 2012 and, later, retroactively included NBC's Constantine and CBS' 1990 The Flash series. It was eventually expanded to include worlds which were home to not only the DCEU movues and related modern film franchises but virtually every licensed live-action adaptation of DC intellectual property when Arrow and its spin-offs staged a 5-hour televised adaptation of the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline.

History

Multiverse

This multiverse, which has both similarities and differences with the one from the comics, includes infinite universes (with at least 1938 known Earths). In the beginning there was only a single, black singularity; then, it broke and the Big Bang created the Multiverse, every existence multiplied by possibility[1] with Earth-1 as its original center.

God created the Heaven for his Angels and, after the rebellion of his son Lucifer, the Hell as a place for the damned souls. God is known to be the Almighty ruler of the Multiverse: because of this, it can also be presumed that the Big Bang was caused by Him.

When Mar Novu, a Maltusian scientist, sought to see the creation of the Multiverse, he travelled back at the Dawn of Time but was overwhelmed by the radiations of the Temporal Zone, obtaining cosmic powers that later made him known as the Monitor. He was transported to the Antimatter Universe, where it was somehow generated his negative doppleganger, Mobius, later called the Anti-Monitor.

Every reality in the multiverse vibrate at its own frequency that separates one world from the other and they also feature counterparts to other worlds' characters, like Jay Garrick of Earth-3 and Barry Allen of Earth-90.

Metahumans who can manipulate vibrations, also called vibers, have the power to move into other dimensions like Cisco Ramon/Vibe or the Collector Agency's members of Earth-19. The Speed Force (and Negative Speed Force) users also have the power to move between the universes and, furthermore, they can also travel back and forward in time.

At some point in time, there was an incursion on Earth-19 by an unknown universe that led to the creation of a ban on interdimensional travel on this reality; those who disrespect it are punished by the Collectors with the death penalty.[2]

In 2016, on Earth-1, the evil speedster Zoom planned to destroy every reality in the Multiverse using a device called Magnetar which had to be powered by speed energy so he challenged the Flash of Earth-1 to a run to gather energy and ultimately determine who was faster between them. During their run, Barry Allen created a time remnant that stopped the Magnetar at the cost his life while the real Flash defeated the evil speedster who was dragged into the Speed Force to become its enforcer, the Black Flash.[3]


Crisis on Earth-X

During the wedding of The Flash and Iris West, Earth-1 was invaded by an evil army from Earth-X, a cruel universe in which the Nazi won World War II and conquered the world.

Led by the new Fuhrer Oliver Queen, also known as Dark Arrow, and helped by Earth-1 Reverse Flash, the Nazi planned to use a light accelerator, the Prism, to artificially create red sunlight that would help them transplant Supergirl's heart to her Earth-X counterpart, Overgirl who was dying from sunlight overloading.[4].

Some of Earth-1's heroes were abducted to Earth-X so Oliver Queen and other heroes travelled there and they were helped by the Freedom Fighters, a resistance team led by Captain Winn Schott and the Ray from Earth-1.[5] Together, they saved the abducted group and discovered Earth-Xers' doomsday device, the Wellenreiter, a militarized timeship that was to be deployed on Earth-1.[6]

When the Nazi attacked Central City, the united heroes confronted the Nazi enemies and defeated them as Overgirl died from her disease and Dark Arrow was killed by Green Arrow, while the Wellenreiter was destroyed by Harry Wells, forcing the evil army to retreat back on their Earth.[7].


Elseworlds

At some point in 21th century, the Monitor began his journey through the Multiverse in search for potential heroes that could help him prevent an incoming Crisis. He tested some universes, entrusting some of their residents with the Book of Destiny; he then arrived on Earth-90, which failed to prove itself worthy to be saved so it was destroyed as the Flash became its only survivor, escaping into another universe.[8].

In December 2018, he came to Earth-1 where he passed the Book of Destiny to John Deegan in order to challenge the heroes of this world. The scientist used the Book of Destiny to create a new reality in which the the identites of the Green Arrow and The Flash were swapped.[9]

Helped by Earth-38 Supergirl and Superman, the Earth-1 heroes used their switched abilities to remove the threat of the android A.M.A.Z.O. who could replicate any power he scanned. Combining all of their abilities, the heroes banded together against the evil android and, in the end, destroyed it.[9]

Later, thanks to Vibe, the heroes traced Deegan back to Gotham City where they retrived the Book but they had to quell a riot in Arkham Asylum with the help of the vigilante Batwoman. In the meantime, the Flash of Earth-90 also came to Earth-1 and warned them about the Monitor's intentions. The heroes confronted the multiversal God which got his Book back and ordered Deegan to "think bigger", altering again the reality, causing the Flash of Earth-1 and Green Arrow to become the infamous Trigger Twins.[10]

Inspired by Superman of Earth-38, Deegan has become himself a black-suited doppleganger of Superman and has imprisoned Supergirl in the S.T.A.R. Labs's pipeline. The Trigger Twins convinced the alternate Cisco to take them to Earth-38 where they convinced Superman to help them again; with the help of the alternate Alex Danvers who freed Supergirl, the Book of Destiny was located and Flash, Green Arrow and Supergirl's identities were restored.[11]

Then, Superman/Deegan retrieved once again the Book of Destiny and planned to alter again the reality: the Flash and Supergirl blocked him, running at super-speed around the Earth. As the two were nearly torn apart, Oliver Queen made a deal with the Monitor, which consisted in himself becoming Monitor's enforcer in the future Crisis in order to save them.[11]

Deegan and his forces were defeated by the group of superheroes and the scientist became an husk after his connection with the Book of Destiny faded away as it was hit by a Monitor-powered arrow of Oliver Queen. The reality changed back to how originally was and Deegan was imprisoned in Arkham Asylum, friending with an inmate, Roger Hayden who warned him that "worlds will live, worlds will die, and the universe will never be the same".[11]


Crisis on Infinite Earths

After the defeat of the Ninth Circle in 2019, the Monitor called Oliver Queen to his duties, preparing him for the incoming Crisis. Not long after Oliver's recruiting, Lyla Michaels also became Monitor's enforcer as the super-powered Harbinger.

In order to prove Monitor's non-existence, Nash Wells freed the Monitor's Netherverse counterpart, the self-called Anti-Monitor who planned to destroy every Earth in the Multiverse with an anti-matter. Finding the Flash of Earth-90 in the Netherverse, he forced him to run in order to power its anti-matter cannon that obliterated Earth-2 for testing.

When the Crisis erupted, the Anti-Monitor began its destruction, sending an anti-matter wave into the Multiverse, erasing every reality and rampaging himself through them, heralded by his Shadow Demons.[12].

When Earth-38 was about to be destroyed by the wave, the Monitor's gathered heroes banded together to save this reality's residents, but was attacked by Anti-Monitor's forces: in the climax of the battle, Oliver Queen bravely died to save more people he could.[1] As the wave hit this world, the heroes retreated back on Earth-1 and used a recovered Waverider of Earth-74 as their base.[13]

It was revealed by the Book of Destiny that they exist seven individuals, called Paragons, that could save the multiverse from annihilation. Thanks to the help of the Green Lantern Corps and Ganthet of Earth-12 that let Felicity Smoak read the Book of Oa, Sara Lance and Kara Zor-El were discovered as Paragons.

At the same time, the Council of Luthors battled the Council of Supermen on Earth-99 but was ultimately defeated by the Supermen of the Multiverse.[12] Lex Luthor of Earth-38 was inspired by this all-out war so he escaped his imprisonment on the Waverider and stole the Book of Destiny to kill the remaining Supermen, including the Superman of Earth-75, through the Multiverse: he was stopped by the joined forces of his archenemy Kal-El and the Superman of Earth-96.

As Barry Allen, Martian Manhunter, Batwoman, the Superman of Earth-96 and the professor Ryan Choi were identified as the remaining Paragons, Constantine, Mia Queen and Diggle resurrected Oliver Queen but he lacked his soul; with the help of the Devil himself, Lucifer, they entered the Purgatory where they retrieved Oliver's soul but the Spectre, Jim Corrigan, convinced the Emerald Archer to became himself the new avatar of the entity.

Nash Wells, reborn as Pariah, saved Black Lightning from the destruction of the world while, with the help of Cisco's powers that were previously restored by the Monitor, the heroes arrived to the Anti-Monitor's chamber, blocking the Flash of Earth-90 from powering the anti-matter cannon. Because of this, the cannon went critical, forcing Black Lightning to use his power to contain its energy and Earth-1 Barry Allen to sacrifice himself to destroy it as it was always prophetized to him since he had become the Flash; however, the older Flash tricked him into taking his place, reminding him that the prophecy never said which Flash had to die, fulfilling his lifetime as a hero and saving the remaining Earths.[14]

Believing to have won the conflict, the heroes were surprised as a brainwashed Harbinger killed the Monitor and resumed the destruction of the Multiverse which was annihilated along with the few survivor on the Waverider.[14]

However, the Paragons were hidden by Pariah at the last minute in Vanishing Point, a place out of space and time, to escape total annihilation where they discovered that Lex Luthor had replaced Superman as the Paragon of Truth thanks to the Book of Destiny.[14]

After spending a month out of time, the newly-born Spectre Oliver Queen reached the Paragons so the Flash convinced him to power him up enough to run into the slowly dying Speed Force where he met another speedster that made him discover that the Multiverse could be restored; at the same time, Supergirl was sent back to stop Mar Novu from ever creating the Anti-Monitor but, while she did stop him from going back in time, the superhero discovered that Mobius was always meant to came into existence. The Paragons reunited with the Spectre at the Dawn of Time where the cosmic entity engaged one last battle with the Anti-Monitor while the seven engaged his demons.[15]

As Barry and Sara stood by Oliver's side as, after winning his clash with Mobius, he ultimately died again, the Paragons gathered his Spectre energy and used it, along with the the last page of the Book of Destiny, to reboot the Multiverse, restoring every reality that ever were.[16]

Waking up in a new reality, the heroes discovered that their Earths were merged into one and banded together one last time to finally defeat the Anti-Monitor and his forces, banishing the Dark entity in the Microverse.

In the new multiverse, some realities were recreated with some differences from the original ones, like Earth-2, while others were totally new, like the Earth-Prime, who replaced Earth-1 as the new center of the Multiverse. However, after the Crisis, these universes are not separated anymore by vibrational frequencies so it is currently impossibile to move from a reality (at least from Earth-Prime) to another one.

Some refugees of the Pre-Crisis realities saved themselves from annihilation, felling through the worlds before the end of the old Multiverse into the newly-born Earth-Prime[17][18]; it was also revealed that two or more counterparts cannot exist on the same Earth for a large amount of time.[19]

For some reason, the minds of all the Harrison Wells's dopplegangers of the old Multiverse, including the Eobard Thawne's, were merged into Nash Wells's.[20]



The multiverse also includes various extra-dimensional planes and spiritual realms, most of which are commong to multiple realities:

  • Ancestral Plane: also referred to as the World between worlds, it is the dimension inside the Totems of Zambesi which also functions as their power source. The original Zari Tomaz now resides in this plane of existence as her timeline was erased after Heyworld.[47][48]
  • Antimatter Universe: also known as Netherverse or Antiverse, the anti-matter reality where the Anti-Monitor was born. Here, it took place the final battle between the Spectre and the Anti-Monitor that led to the rebirth of the Multiverse.[15]
  • Fifth Dimension: the home dimension of the Imps like Mister Mxyzptlk[49]. It is a realm where the common rules of the Multiverse don't apply as it was untouched by the Crisis[50] and its residents have immense powers that make them gods in the other realities.
  • Heaven: also known as Afterlife, it is the spiritual realm where God and the Angels reside. It is also the place where the noble souls go after their deaths, appearing to them as their happiest memories.[51]
  • Hell: the interdimensional realm where the damned souls and the Demons reside. Originally, it was ruled by the Devil Lucifer Morningstar but, after he retired to Earth-666[15][52], the First of the Fallen, head of the Triumvirate of Hell took charge of the dimension.[53]
  • Juru: a dark dimension where the Kryptonian witches created the Worldkillers and used it as the source of their powers.[54]
  • Microverse: a nanoscopic dimension that was discovered by Ray Palmer when he shrunk for the first time. During the Crisis, he and professor Ryan Choi created a device that could eternally shrink the the Anti-Monitor, stucking him in this reality.[16]
  • Mirrorverse: a mirror dimension, accesible through every mirrors in the Multiverse. It became the home of Eva McCulloch who was stuck here during the first S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion[55] until her release on Earth-Prime.[56]
  • Negative Speed Force: an artifical source of energy, created by Eobard Thawne aka Reverse Flash when he replicated the Flash's powers; it led him to be free of Speed Force limitations as he became a living paradox, capable to travel through time without being discovered and never really be able to die.[41][20]
  • Purgatory: also known as Limbo, it is the realm where souls became trapped in their own hell: it can appear differently to whoever resides in it.[26][57]. During the Crisis, The Spectre came to Purgatory to convice Oliver Queen to become the new avatar of the Spectre.[14]
  • Speed Force: the extradimensional source of energy that gives the speedsters the ability to move at super-speed and travel through space and time.
    • After the rebirth of the Multiverse, it was destroyed[58] as a side-effect of being corrupted by dark energy when The Spectre powered the Flash to make him run into it[15], causing every speedster to gradually lose their powers.
  • Spirit World: a dark realm where Mallus was banished along with other magical creatures. When the time demon was freed, the door to this world was left open so the other prisoners were also unleashed into both space and time.[59]
  • Temporal Zone: also known as Timestream, it is the birthplace of creation[15], the space which non-speedsters, like the Legends, uses to travel through time[23]; it can be also used to move through the Multiverse.[31]
  • Vanishing Point: a realm outside space and time where the Time Masters resided and the place from where they controlled every possibilities using the Oculus.[60] After their defeat, it became the lair of the Legion of Doom[61] and, years later, the last place in existence, along with the Netherverse, when the Anti-Monitor destroyed the Multiverse.[15]


In the scope of a larger Multiverse, they also exist other pocket dimensions, alternate realities and possible futures. Theoretically, everyone's choices lead to the creation of parallel worlds where things could be different.[62]. Alternate realities can also be born as a result of alteration of certain events by using time travel or reality-warping powers, like Mister Mxyzptlk's, or objects such as the Spear of Destiny or the Loom of Fate. Time is not stricly fixed so there could also be infinite possible futures which not necessarily could ever come to exist.



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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Supergirl: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Flash: "Dead or Alive"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Flash: "The Race of His Life"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Supergirl: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"
  5. Arrow: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2"
  6. The Flash: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3"
  7. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Supergirl: "Bunker Hill"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The Flash: "Elseworlds, Part 1"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Arrow: "Elseworlds, Part 2"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Supergirl: "Elseworlds, Part 3"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #2
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Batwoman: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 The Flash: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 Arrow: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four"
  16. 16.00 16.01 16.02 16.03 16.04 16.05 16.06 16.07 16.08 16.09 16.10 16.11 16.12 DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five"
  17. Batwoman: "An Un-Birthday Present"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Supergirl: "The Bottle Episode"
  19. Batwoman: "Take Your Choice"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 The Flash: "The Exorcism of Nash Wells"
  21. Arrow: "Pilot"
  22. The Flash: "Pilot"
  23. 23.0 23.1 DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Pilot, Part 1"
  24. Batwoman: "Pilot"
  25. Vixen: "101"
  26. 26.0 26.1 Arrow: "Haunted"
  27. The Flash: "Welcome to Earth-2"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 The Chronicles of Cisco
  29. 29.0 29.1 The Flash: "A Flash of the Lightning"
  30. The Flash: "The Trial of the Flash"
  31. 31.0 31.1 DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Star City 2046"
  32. The Flash: "The New Rogues"
  33. 33.0 33.1 The Flash: "When Harry Met Harry..."
  34. 34.0 34.1 The Flash: "Harry and the Harrisons"
  35. 35.0 35.1 The Flash: Johnny Quick (Novel)
  36. The Flash: "Invasion!"
  37. The Flash: "Elongated Journey into Night"
  38. The Flash: "Gone Rogue"
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #1
  40. The Flash: "Memorabilia"
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 The Flash: "Legacy"
  42. The Flash: "Marathon"
  43. Black Lightning: "The Book of Resistance: Chapter Four: Earth Crisis"
  44. Batwoman: "An Un-Birthday Present"
  45. 45.0 45.1 Supergirl: "Back From the Future - Part One"
  46. The Flash: "Null and Annoyed"
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Hey, World!"
  48. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Zari, Not Zari"
  49. Supergirl: "Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk"
  50. Supergirl: "It's a Super Life"
  51. Arrow: "Fadeout"
  52. Lucifer: "Pilot"
  53. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Terms of Service"
  54. Supergirl: "In Search of Lost Time"
  55. The Flash: "A Girl Named Sue"
  56. The Flash: "Success Is Assured"
  57. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "The Eggplant, the Witch & the Wardrobe"
  58. The Flash: "Death of the Speed Force"
  59. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly"
  60. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Destiny"
  61. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Fellowship of the Spear"
  62. The Flash: "Untouchable"
  63. The Flash: "The Once and Future Flash"
  64. The Flash: "Nora"
  65. The Flash: "Godspeed"
  66. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Doomworld"
  67. The Flash: "Flashpoint"
  68. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Zari"
  69. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me"
  70. Supergirl: "Legion of Superheroes"
  71. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "The One Where We're Trapped On TV"
  72. Supergirl: "Reality Bytes"
  73. Arrow: "Starling City"
  74. Arrow: "Green Arrow & The Canaries"
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