During his exploration of time and space in The Flash, Wally West has just met his children as adults and makes some incredible discoveries.
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Jai and Iris West are the children of Linda Park and Wally West, also known as one of the heroes who took on the mantle of Flash. Although their lives were nearly canceled as a result of a Zoom attack on the post-crisis DC Universe, the timeline was eventually reset and the couple was born. Even then, they didn’t have long before Flashpoint rebooted the universe itself, and the pair only survived by being dragged into the Dark Multiverse. They were finally found by their father in Flash forward, where Wally made a deal with Tempus Fuginaut to rescue and restore them in the central DC Universe. He finally reunited with his mother and, after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal – his father, the group has been prepared to live a normal life.
Wally even intended to sacrifice his powers to make sure he couldn’t return to the dangerous world of heroics. But an accident with the Speed Force sends Wally bouncing through the stream of time, briefly sharing bodies with different speedsters in different dimensions. One of those jumps takes him to San Francisco, apparently in his own world 20 years in the future.
There, Wally finds adult Iris waiting for him. She briefly explains that she landed on Jai’s body, who was sharing coffee with her sister while they waited for Wally to arrive. Iris explains that thanks to her early warning of this event caused by Wally by telling them the story of her travel through time, she is able to plan, allowing her to absorb excess energy and give the couple their time together.
Wally learns a lot about the future, mainly that his family is fine. It turns out that Iris has been married in twenty years to someone she loves, but apparently Wally hates. Meanwhile, Jai has apparently been dating Gold Beetle, which explains his familiarity with Wally when he briefly ended up in Impulse’s body in the distant future. Iris even reveals that in twenty years, she and Jai are heroes, keeping the Flash’s legacy alive. Iris even hints that she has become more powerful than Wally, with her own connection to the Speed Force dwarfing his. She even seems remarkably experienced in time travel, suggesting that she has had her own travels through the stream of time.
Wally himself is even shocked by how well things seem to have turned out for his family, even as he fears their warnings that he never gives up heroics. It’s clear that in this future at least, the West family is still an important part of the DC Universe. However, it also raises more questions about how the events of Future state they are really ready to go. In that version of the future, Wally was effectively killed and corrupted by the Horseman of the Apocalypse known as Famine.
With Wally’s body, he killed Wallace West and Jay Garrick before eventually even breaking Barry Allen. The fate of Wally’s children was not revealed in that story, and this future (where apparently Wally is still alive and is an active part of Iris’s life) suggests the darker elements of Future state they’re not set in stone, even as parts of the DC Universe seem to be getting closer and closer to their possible endings. There is even the possibility that Iris is an ally or even a successor to Flash of Future state‘s Jess West, who traveled from her reality to join the Justice League. But it’s still exciting to see at least one version of Wally get the happy ending he’s wanted for so long.
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