- In the end, there was only one, a single black infinitude. Then the infinitude found release. And finally, the darkness broke, filling it with life. With the multiverse. Every existence multiplied by possibility. And spread out before space and time in infinite measure. Civilizations rose and fell. And rose again across reality's grasping expanse. Life, a precious gift, persevering in the face of every obstacle. Until, finally, the age of heroes was born.
Synopsis for "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five"
Appearing in "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five"
- Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce)
- The Legends
- Superman (Clark Kent)
- Dreamer (Nia Nal)
- Harrison Nash Wells
- Killer Frost/Caitlin Snow
- Lois Lane
- Lyla Michaels
- Team Arrow
- Gleek (Voice only)
- J.J. Diggle
- Marv (Single appearance)
- President (First appearance)
- Oliver Queen (Voice only)
- Sara Diggle
- White Martians (On a TV or computer screen)
- Justice Society of America (Earth-2) (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Titans (Earth-9) (Cameo)
- Green Lantern Corps (Earth-12) (Cameo)
- Green Lantern (Cameo)
- Swamp Thing (Earth-19) (Cameo)
- Doom Patrol (Earth-21) (Cameo)
- Superman (Earth-96) (Cameo)
- Behrad Tarazi (Mentioned only)
- Felicity Smoak (Mentioned only)
- Jonathan Kent (Mentioned only)
- Jordan Kent (Mentioned only) (Unnamed)
- Lena Luthor (Mentioned only)
- Rory Regan (Mentioned only)
- Wally West (Mentioned only)
- Black Lightning's reality (Mentioned only)
- Earth-1 (Mentioned only)
- Earth-38 (Mentioned only)
- Earth-Prime (First full appearance)
- This episode is the fifth and final part of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, continuing from the Arrow episode "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four".
- The Multiverse is reborn and the different realities of Earth-1, Earth-38 and Black Lightning's are merged into a single continuity based on Earth-Prime.
- As in the other parts of the crossover, other DC's properties are introduced in the new iteration of the Multiverse.
- Earth-2 is rewritten to be the setting of Stargirl with the first appearance of the Justice Society of America in a brief cameo scene from the Stargirl episode, The Justice Society.
- Earth-12 was already shown to be a Green Lantern-based reality and the Post-Crisis continuity follows this pattern, showing that it is the setting of the 2011 movie Green Lantern as it is shown the scene where Hal Jordan travels to Oa.
- This cameo is also a reference to the upcoming HBO Max's Green Lantern TV show.
- Earth-19 is rewritten to be the setting of the 2019 Swamp Thing show with the cameo of Derek Mears as the titular hero Swamp Thing.
- Earth-21 is shown to be the reality of the Doom Patrol TV show, with the cameo of the titular superhero team in a behind-the-scenes footage.
- Off-screen, it is confirmed that every reality was restored after the rebirth of the Multiverse.
- It is revealed that the energies of the Spectre and the Paragons caused a second Big Bang which rebuilt the Multiverse, restoring most of the Pre-Crisis realities but it also replaced some Earths with others and created whole new universes.
- Earth-Prime is created as he amalgamation of Earth-1, Earth 38 and Black Lightning's Earth. Its history is a mix of the backgrounds of the three realities and its residents are not aware of their Pre-Crisis origins.
- It is revealed that the Paragons are the only Earth-Prime residents who remember the Crisis, except for Lena Luthor whose memories are preserved as a part of the past deal between Lex Luthor and the Monitor.
- Using his telepathic abilities, J'onn J'onnz restores the memories of everyone of the survivors' friends.
- Oliver Queen was not shown to be still on Earth in the new reality and he is considered dead by everyone, having sacrificed himself during the Crisis.
- At the end of the episode, Oliver's voice can be heard, describing the rebirth of every realities, so it may imply that he is somehow still existing as The Spectre, now in synch with the Multiverse.
- The Anti-Monitor survived the battle at the Dawn of Time and arrived on the new reality to finally defeat its enemies. As the Multiversal entity was too strong to be killed once and for all, the heroes banished him into the Microverse after using a device which was built by Ryan Choi and Ray Palmer.
- The all-out battle between the heroes of Earth-Prime and the Anti-Monitor's forces is a callback to the ending of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- The Anti-Monitor also became a giant version of himself which is also a callback to his Pre-Crisis counterpart's appearance and, more recently, the Anti-Life version of Rebirth Mobius.
- Oliver Queen's sacrifice inspires his friends to create a new team, composed by Flash, Superman, White Canary, Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Black Lightning and Batwoman, in order to defend Earth from future menaces.
- Oliver Queen is considered an honorary member as his sacrifice granted the formation of the team.
- Roger Hayden's prophecy that Worlds will live. Worlds will die. And the universe will never be the same is finally fulfilled as some Earths were destroyed while a new Earth rose in their places.
- This episode also confirmed that the Doom Patrol from Titans is a different incarnation of the titual superhero team of Doom Patrol as the two shows are set on different realities.
- This episode also follows the pattern of naming realities after important years:
- Earth-19's designation of Swamp Thing is a reference on 2019 which is its year of release.
- Stargirl's Earth-2 designation is a reference to the presence of the Justice Society of America that appeared for the first time on Earth-Two in the comics.
- Earth-9 and Earth-96 are shown to still be the settings of Titans and Superman Returns.
- As Earth-2 references Season 2 events and the Post-Crisis scene of Earth-96 shows that Superman still wears his original suit, this suggests that the events of Titans and Superman Returns strictly happened in the Post-Crisis continuities while their Pre-Crisis versions were only partially based on them.
- It is implied that the Joker didn't destroy the Daily Planet on Earth-96, like before the Crisis, so Clark never lost Lois and his friends.
- It is revealed that, on Earth-Prime, Clark and Lois has two sons instead of one.
- This would be explored in the new TV series Superman & Lois.
- Lex Luthor is referred as a hero and he has become D.E.O.'s boss in the new reality.
- Lyla Michaels seems to have lost his Monitor-granted powers while his son J.J. Diggle and her daughter Sara Diggle are both shown to be alive in the new reality, mixing the Pre-Flashpoint and Post-Flashpoint Earth-1 continuities.
- Nash Wells lost his Pariah's powers in the same way after the Crisis.
- Marv Wolfman cameos in the episode as a fictional version of himself.
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Links and References
- Crisis on Infinite Earths (Arrowverse) at Wikipedia.org
- "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five" at the Arrowverse Wiki
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