Multiverse and Earth-2 Easter Eggs You May Have Missed! (Part 1, Welcome to Earth-2)

The thirteenth episode of The Flash took Barry Allen, Cisco Ramon, and Earth-2 Harrison Wells to Earth-2 for the first time this season and, not only was the episode amazing, but it was also jam-packed with easter eggs! While some of the aforementioned easter eggs were likely easier to spot then others, I’ll be unpacking everything I noticed in the episode below!

BARRY VISITS EARTH-2 – Barry (Grant Gustin), Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) journey to Earth-2 to rescue Wells’ daughter, Jesse (guest star) from Zoom. Barry is stunned when he runs into Earth-2 Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin), but nothing prepares hir3m for meeting Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) and Deathstorm (guest star Robbie Amell). Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Jay (guest star Teddy Sears) has to take over the Flash’s responsibilities when a meta-human nicknamed Geomancer (guest star Adam Stafford) attacks Central City. Millicent Shelton directed the episode written by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and Katherine Walczak.



Connor Hawke



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Quite a few people on reddit and elsewhere were more than convinced – and I’ll admit I was fooled at first to – that this was either a Robert Queen version of [Green] Arrow, or a past version of Oliver as The Arrow. While I agreed at first, a second look more than convinced me that not only is this Connor Hawke – who will be appearing in the sixth episode of Legends of Tomorrow  – but also that it’s most certainly not Stephen Amell and is likely the bi-racial actor cast awhile ago who was then rumored as Connor. The casting call, which was released in October, read as follows:

“an African-American or biracial male who decides to put on the uniform of a missing hero who once stood for justice and hope.”

Interestingly the suit looks to be more Robin Hood-esque then the suit Oliver is currently wearing in Arrow’s fourth season….given the fact that Hawke is set to make his debut in a post-Apocolyptic version of Star City, could Legends of Tomorrow be pulling from one of Oliver’s darkest time from Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters.



 The Flash 90’s Flash…In the Reverse?



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While many keen eyed fans spotted John Wesley Shipp’s Flash while Barry ran through the multiverse, but not many noticed the fact that his logo was actually reversed. As of now we don’t know if this was an editing error, or a possible nod to Henry Allen actually being the villainous speedster of Earth-2.



Supergirl Crossover = Multiverse



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While it’s been confirmed for nearly a week that CBS’ Supergirl would be crossing over with the CW’s The Flash, many fans still made the argument that the crossover would not involve the  Multiverse, but instead that the two heroes actually co-exist in the same world. I’ve argued why the two clearly don’t co-exist, but the easter egg shown above more than certainly confirms the suspicion.



Gorilla City?



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 Many fans are hoping that The Flash’s third season will bring about the shows first non-speedster big bad and seeing that Grodd was recently dropped in Gorilla City, and Gorilla City was showcased in Barry’s trip to Earth-2 certainly sparks the possibility of this fan-whim becoming a reality.



Jonah Hex



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Giving us our first look at Johnathon Schaech’s Jonah Hex, the image above seemingly comes from the eleventh episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, in which Hex is set to make his first appearance. Hex’s poster was previously featured on Rip Hunter’s Waverider within his study.



Legion Flight Ring



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 Recently Geoff Johns stated that the comic book superhero team known as the Legion of Superheroes would be making an appearance on one of DC’s upcoming shows. While this easter egg doesn’t confirm which show they’ll be appearing on, it’s likely that it’ll be Legends of Tomorrow. Personally, I would introduce them in the “idealized saved-future” after the team defeats Vandal Savage. For those who don’t know Legion Flight Rings are:

Engraved with the signature “L” of the Legion of Super-Heroes, this ring enables its wearer the ability to fly in both atmospheric environments and outer space. Legion Flight Rings are composed of the compound known as Valorium. Valorium has been compared to Thanagarian Nth Metal, which possesses similar anti-gravity capabilities. Booster Gold is one of the few known non-Legionnaires to use a Legion flight ring. Superman, as a former or reservist Legionnaire also possesses a flight ring, and keeps it in the Fortress of Solitude or cloaked on his hand as a reminder of his time spent in the 31st century. – DCWikia



Henry Hewitt



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Hewitt last appeared as a possible candidate to host the Firestorm Matrix in the fourth episode of The Flash’s second season, The Fury of Firestorm. While the character is unlikely to appear again – just due to logistics – it’s refreshing to see small cameos like the one above featuring “other versions” of the same character.



Leonard Snart aka ‘Captain Cold’ = Mayor Snart



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Some of the comparative easter eggs, like the one above, I find to be rather self-explanatory if you watch The Flash



Earth-2 Barry Allen = Peter Parker?



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When Marvel announced that they were recasting Spider-Man for the MCU more than a few fans jumped on the wagon that The Flash star, Grant Gustin, should be the one to step up and play the part. While that clearly didn’t happen, it’s interesting to see how similar Earth-2 Barry and the original Peter Parker are.



A Just Society?



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A fun nod to the fact that the Justice Society of DC Comics original hailed from Earth-2, the mural in the CCPD building states that they will honor “A Free & Just Society” .



Captain Singh = Prisoner Singh



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Some of the comparative easter eggs, like the one above, I find to be rather self-explanatory if you watch The Flash



Floyd Lawton aka ‘Deadshot’ = Terrible Cop?



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Some of the comparative easter eggs, like the one above, I find to be rather self-explanatory if you watch The Flash and Arrow



Iris West = Detective West



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Some of the comparative easter eggs, like the one above, I find to be rather self-explanatory if you watch The Flash



Earth-2 Has It’s Own Currency



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Some of the comparative easter eggs, like the one above, I find to be rather self-explanatory. Clearly, at some point in time on Earth-2 things changed and the currency developed differently there than Earth-1.



Caitlin Snow = Killer Frost



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Some of the comparative easter eggs, like the one above, I find to be rather self-explanatory if you watch The Flash

That being said, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Frost’s origin you can find that below:

Caitlin Snow was a young and bright scientist working for S.T.A.R. Labs assigned to an underfunded S.T.A.R. Labs Outpost #72 in the Arctic Circle, where the deceased researcher Dr. Louise Lincoln had been working on a Self-Sustaining Thermodynamic Ultraconductor Engine that could subvert the second law of thermodynamics in order to create perpetual motion. Caitlin became interested in continuing Lincoln’s work, in spite of her colleagues warning her against it.

When Caitlin succeeded in finishing the S.T.U. engine, her colleagues turned on her and revealing themselves to be working for H.I.V.E., as they were expected to ensure that the engine was never made public in order to protect H.I.V.E.’s investments in the energy industry. Furthermore, they were also responsible for Lincoln’s death, and they then proceeded in silencing Caitlin by placing her in the working S.T.U. engine. In a panic, Caitlin ripped out the wires for the engine’s coolant system, consequently infusing her biological makeup with ice. As a result, she became a vampiric being who craved for heat, and killed the H.I.V.E. agents.

After carrying out her vengeance, Caitlin continued to search for other sources of heat; she attacked a Norwegian research camp and stole their helicopter to fly to her hometown of Pittsburgh, where she encountered and fought Firestorm. While fighting Firestorm, Caitlin discovered that Firestorm’s powers can temporarily heal her condition, and devoted her time to seeking and confronting him. She soon learned about the Firestorm Matrix and attempted to recreate it. – DCWikia



A Frosty Kiss



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As mentioned above, the Caitlin Snow incarnation of Killer Frost was/is a heat vampire and, in kissing her victims, she was able to suck the heat (and therefore life force) out of each of them.

As a result, she became a vampiric being who craved for heat, and killed the H.I.V.E. agents.  –DCWikia



Ronnie Raymond + [Dead?] Martin Stein = Deathstorm?



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Thus far, in DC comics there have been two distinct versions of Deathstorm. The first, a product of the story arch Blackest Night was revealed to be a version of Death that had always been living within the Firestorm Matrix and that served as ‘Death’ to those who used said Matrix. The second version was introduced in the New 52 and hailed from Earth-3, this version of the character was a fusion between Martin Stein and a corpse. Interestingly The Flash chose not to use either of those versions (although i think both would have been workable) and chose to make ‘Deathstorm’ nearly an exact copy of Firestorm, the only difference being his name.

That being said later in the episode Cisco asks Ronnie if Stein is ‘still in there’ to which Ronnie responds that he (Stein) stopped talking long ago. While it isn’t explicitly stated this could mean that Stein has died while within Ronnie and therefore that the character is a very loose adaptation of the version introduced in the New 52.



Fire and Ice Kiss



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In a nod to the famous “relationship” between Killer Frost and Firestorm in the comics Deathstorm and Killer Frost share a kiss; said kiss is then followed by the Killer Frost stating that it’s a, “good thing the only man I can kiss, is the only one I want to”.

This pays homage to her powers and history – as aforementioned:

While fighting Firestorm, Caitlin discovered that Firestorm’s powers can temporarily heal her condition, and devoted her time to seeking and confronting him. – DCWikia



People From Other Earths



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While the people of Earth-1 are just learning about the possibility of alternate Earth’s and realities, it seems that the people of the highly advanced Earth-2 are well versed on the topic. Despite the fact that no specific names are mentioned it seems clear that the people (or at least villains) of Earth-2 are well versed on people visiting from alternate universes.



The Speed Dials



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Fans shouldn’t expect the characters mentioned not the lower portion of the phone to show up (as their comic book heroic counterparts) for various reasons, but the easter egg dropped was interesting none-the-less.



Trip to Atlantis



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A few episodes ago Jay Garrick made mention to knowing someone who hailed from Atlantis, he also – in the same conversation – made mention of the fact that Atlantis did not sink on his world. For some reason numerous fans took the “friend from Atlantis” to mean Aquaman existed on Earth-2, but they neglected the second half of Jay’s statement. When the second half of said statement is accounted for it should become clear that, if Atlantis didn’t sink, then the people there would not have evolved into Atlanteans as we comic fans know them. What that means is while Jay might know an “Arthur Curry”, that Arthur Curry likely isn’t Aquaman.



Earth-1 and 2 Metas



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Prior to this episode some people postulated that Earth-1 metahuman characters didn’t have Earth-2 metahuman characters, but the lines deceived above – as well as Reverb and Deathstorm’s existence – should clarify that the postulation is incorrect. While some could argue that Jay’s knowledge of Adam Fells stemmed from his 6 months of research about Team Flash and the Earth he was on, the use of the words “this must be” suggests that Jay is unfamiliar with the man being shown on screen.

 



Everyone Knows



 

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I can’t recall if this has been explicitly stated or not on the show, but it seems that – judging by the memorial/statue in honor of The Flash – that everyone knows Jay Garrick is The Flash on Earth-2.



Zoom DOESN’T Steal Speed, and Future Jay = Zoom?



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The lines shown above actually deliver some interesting context and evidence to various Zoom theories around the web, they also completely reshape how both Team Flash and some people with theories should look at Zoom as a character. Prior to this encounter everyone assumed that Zoom merely spared Barry when the two first met during Enter Zoom, and that he left Barry with his speed so that he (Zoom) could steal more of it later. That being said, this conversation sheds light on the fact that Zoom may not actually be able to steal anyones speed, as he has yet to actually do so.

The lines above also lent some merit to the ‘Future Jay Garrick=Zoom’ theory, but personally I really hope that isn’t the case for a few reasons. The first being that the show runners and EP’s have promised that this season is the alternate Earth’s season and that Season 1 was the time travel season. That’s not to say I wouldn’t want time travel this season – we’ve seen it in the crossover, in The Reverse Flash Returns, and are set to see it in 2×17 – that being said, I also don’t want time travel to convolute the plot of alternate Earth’s…ESPECIALLY seeing as Jay has stated that he isn’t nor ever was he fast enough to travel time. The second reason I don’t want Jay (any version of him) to be Zoom is that it’s a slight disgrace to the Jay Garrick character, who is barely scrapping the bottom of my personal ‘standards barrel’ as is on the show. The final and most prominent reason I don’t want any version of Jay to be Zoom is because it would just be a reskin of The Flash’s first season…

Season 1: Alternate version of the guy who mentored Barry turns out to be the villainous speedster hellbent on taking Barry’s speed…

Season 2: Alternate future version of the guy who mentored Barry turns out to be the villainous speedster hellbent on taking Barry’s speed…



“The Best Part”



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While Jay only had his speed for a mere few seconds tonight, in my own opinion the best part was when he attempted to stop Geomancer and while I’ve read a lot of comics, I’ve never seen Jay use his helmet like that…so props to The Flash writing staff for that.



Cisco Ramon aka ‘Vibe’ = Reverb



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While Welcome to Earth-2 introduced Cisco’s Earth-2 counterpart as “Reverb”, that name actually belongs to someone else in the Ramon family. On The Flash Cisco only ever speaks of – and seemingly only has – his older brother, but in the comics Cisco has a younger brother, Armando.

Armando was the leader of a street gang in Detroit, but gave it up on the death of his brother Paco, who had been a member of the Justice League of America as the hero Vibe. He shared his brother’s metahuman power of manipulating sound waves and became a hero himself, joining the corporate-sponsored hero team the Conglomerate, first as Reverb and later as Hardline. Armando was determined to honour his brother’s memory. –DCWikia



A Mirror Master Nod



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Prior to the beginning of The Flash’s second season it was loosely confirmed that Flash villains Mirror Master and Doctor Alchemy would be appearing at some point in this season. While neither of said characters have appeared yet, this certainly serves as a fun nod to one of them.



A Sign of Powers to Come



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Many fans have been anxiously awaiting the moment at which Cisco Ramon will discover he can do more than just sense other timelines and realities; the scene above, which featured Reverb using Vibe’s ability to project energy, certainly should boost the hopes of those looking forward to Cisco’s powers developing more in the future.

For those who don’t know Vibe’s powers are as follows:

  • Unique Physiology: When a Boom Tube opened up on Cisco Ramon he was trapped in between dimensions for a matter of seconds. Enough time elapsed before he was pulled out and began vibrating between physical planes. While not always visible, Vibe is constantly vibrating at a frequency of a Boom Tube.
  • Energy Projection: Vibe can emit powerful vibrations from his body. He normally focuses this energy through his hands to create shock waves powerful enough to level a house or shake a Parademon to pieces. – DCWikia


An Interesting Callback



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Interestingly Reverb was killed by Zoom in almost the exact same way that Cisco – of the alternate pre-episode 1×15 timeline – was killed by the Reverse Flash. Whether this easter egg is a fun nod, or more telling to who Zoom is we have yet to see.



The Man in The Iron Mask…and Morse Code



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As it stands no one can say for sure who is wearing the mask in the cell directly across from Barry in Zoom’s lair – I’m sure it will be revealed next episode – but fan theories have been running rampant around the web ranging from, ‘It’s Wally West’ to ‘It’s Atom Smasher’. While I can’t tell for sure, in my own opinion the characters skin color is unclassifiable due to the hue the show runners have chosen for Earth-2 and Zooms lair…I can say for certain that the mask above is not the same one worn by Atom Smasher in the season premiere as well.

Interestingly reddit users have actually begun to translate the morse code – which many believed to just be a series of knocks – being used by the man in the iron mask. LordNat of reddit gave it his best shot and stated the following:

The best I got from a few tries is:

–../—/—/–/../…/–./-/—/–

Z O O M I S G T O M

While his translation isn’t complete nor perfect, I think it’s safe to say that what the man if tapping is the tagline used to introduce The Flash’s second season at Comic Con this summer…”Zoom is Coming”

UPDATE: Reddit user DavidBoringanaz has proposed this brilliant theory as to the identity of the man in the iron mask:

Does anyone remember the old French story, about the man imprisoned in the Bastille, and his face was never seen. There were rumors that the unknown prisoner was Louis XIV’s illegitimate brother, and in the film based on that story, it was Louis’ twin. Zoom’s prisoner didn’t seem to be wearing that mask as a fashion statement, it seemed more like a kind of restraint put on him by Zoom. Maybe the prisoner is Zoom’s “twin”, or more specifically doppleganger from another earth, and Zoom fears that if people knew this man’s identity, they would be able to find out his? Just food for thought.

Why hide the face?

If this is true, then the options for the characters identity have been all but limited to: Henry Allen and Eddie Thawne.


 

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  • Vewrongica

    Mirror Mirror is also the name of the Star Trek OG episode with the evil dopplegangers from another universe. We are talking so evil they wear goatees!

  • JRosario

    Actually. At this point, I don’t really care who ZOOM turns out to be. I am far more intrigued by the idea that he is just this Speed Demon, this nameless, faceless person who has no identity other than his lust for more speed and power. I would be pretty disappointed if he turned out to be just another doppleganger.

    Unless he turns out to be from Earth-3, and is part of the Crime Syndicate. That would be awesome

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