Arrow season 8, episode 8 preview: Oliver’s Queen’s Spectre to defeat the Anti-Monitor?

Crisis On Infinite Earths will return with an episode of Arrow, but how will Oliver Queen’s Spectre play into the finale?

Oliver Queen’s journey throughout Crisis On Infinite Earths has been something of a confusing one for fans of the Arrowverse’s longest-standing superhero.

First, the beloved hero met his demise surprisingly early in the very first offering, as he defended Earth-38 with his very last breath – something that came as a shock even though fans were aware of his impending doom. And then, he was resurrected by daughter Mia Smoak, who resorted to using the Lazarus Pit. And finally, she found his soul in Purgatory.

Oliver’s refusal to return was based on a recent offer he received from Jim Korrigan – one that will lead to him becoming the hero known as The Spectre. And as that very hero, he will take the fight to the Anti-Monitor, helping the seven Paragons – Supergirl, The Flash, White Canary, Batwoman, J’onn J’onzz, Ryan Choi and, yes, even Lex Luthor – overcome the antimatter-spewing monster.

The upcoming episode, “Crisis On Infinite Earths, Part Four”, will see the Emerald Archer reach out to Barry Allen through the Speed Force, reminding him not to give up because the fight isn’t over. And it appears that this will ultimately inspire the heroes to get back in the game.

Check out the trailer for Crisis‘ two concluding parts below:

Fans are, of course, eager to see how the remaining two installments (which will take place on Arrow before it is immediately followed by an installment of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) will tie up the major crossover – especially because of how important this one has been to the Arrowverse itself.

Not only was it a long-teased event that The Flash has been building towards for over five years, it has been the entire basis for Arrow‘s final season, with Oliver himself spurred on to protect those he loves and ultimately save the multiverse in the process – even if it costs him his life.

The Arrow episode is written by Marc Guggenheim and the writer of the original Crisis On Infinite Earths comics Marv Wolfman.

Want another little snippet? Check out The CW’s official synopsis for “Crisis On Infinite Earths, Part Four” below:

OLIVER HAS BECOME SOMETHING ELSE IN PART FOUR OF “CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS.” EPISODE PENNED BY MARV WOLFMAN & MARC GUGGENHEIM – Stuck in the Vanishing Point, the Paragons search for a way to escape. The futility of the situation is compounded by The Flash’s (guest star Grant Gustin) disappearance. However, hope appears in the form of Oliver (Stephen Amell), who reveals that he has become something else. Meanwhile, the origin stories for The Monitor (guest star LaMonica Garrett) and Anti-Monitor are revealed.

Worlds will live, worlds will die, but rest assured: Nothing will ever be the same when the Crisis comes to a close.

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Arrow airs on The CW tonight, Tuesday Jan. 14, at the special time of 8:00 p.m. ET and it is followed by a special installment of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. ET. Are you excited to see how the Crisis will end? Let us know in the comments below!