The Flash Theory: Iris Brings Back The Post-Crisis Arrowverse Multiverse


Warning! Spoilers ahead for The flash season 7 episode 16, “POW”

The flash Season 7 is heading towards its two-part finale and Iris West-Allen’s latest story could bring the Arrowverse’s multiverse back after its collapse in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Time and interdimensional travel have been used extensively in the shared universe ever since. The flash unlocked the titular character’s abilities to move back and forth in time. The team’s trip to Earth-2 opened another gateway to traverse the multiverse. While Crisis on Infinite Earths changed that forever, Iris’s situation could unlock the multiverse once again.

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Iris has been conspicuously absent in two episodes of The flash. In season 7 episode 15, Barry revealed that he was not feeling well and was recovering from an illness at home. In the next episode, however, Iris confirmed that what she was experiencing was much more than just a normal cold; when he sneezed, his eyes flickered briefly and surprisingly green before returning to their normal color afterward. It’s unclear why the disease is affecting Iris in this way, but her symptoms have caused her molecules to become unstable, leading to headaches and time shifting.

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At the end of the episode, Nora West-Allen confirms that Iris will be fine, but it is unknown when her symptoms will disappear or what will happen before they do. That said, it is possible that Iris moving in and out of the timeline could play a crucial role in the future of the multiverse and the reason for her situation may be hidden in plain sight.

Iris is in and out of the timeline

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Iris’s absence from The flash Season 7 episode 15 was suspicious, especially since it involved a possible pregnancy story that was happening without her. In the next episode, however, fans found out why Iris has been absent. Turns out her cold wasn’t normal and was somehow causing her to slip in and out of the timeline. Apparently, it got so bad that Deon, the Immobile Force, swooped in to protect Iris using his abilities to stabilize her and prevent her from passing through various time planes, moving her to “pure temporary tensions” to keep her alive. If it weren’t for Deon, Iris would have fractured over time, which doesn’t sound very nice and could have unprecedented repercussions.

This subplot creates an interesting twist considering everything that happens in The flash right now. Among what is happening with Iris, the clones of Godspeed, August Heart, who originated as Godspeed in 2049 before the Crisis on Infinite Earths, enters the scene and Barry dreams of Nora telling him that there seems to be something wrong in the future, Iris . Timeline instability may be the only thing connecting each of these separate stories. That said, the reason he’s suddenly in and out of the timeline has yet to be confirmed on the show, but all roads seem to lead back to a single cause.

Iris is pregnant is causing her to drift from time

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Barry and Iris have been trying to conceive for a few episodes. After Barry first dreamed of Nora, he assumed that Iris was pregnant only for the test results to be negative. However, this could have been a false negative. Considering that the presence of Iris in the timeline has been unstable, it is possible that she is already pregnant and does not realize it. Also, being pregnant with speedy babies will not follow the same patterns of a normal pregnancy and it is possible that Iris with metahumans is causing it to take off from time. Your entry and exit from the timeline could be The flash equivalent to morning sickness.

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This could also explain why she will be able to regain her sprinter powers in the season 7 finale. In the comics, Iris flips back and forth in time because it is revealed that she is actually from the future and was sent to the 20th century by her biological parents. . The flash Showrunner Eric Wallace has poked fun at this story coming into play, but as with all the things that make their way on the show, it will likely be a loose adaptation of the comic book story on which it is based. Traveling between timelines due to pregnancy might be the closest the series gets to this particular comic arc in this case.

Jay Garrick’s The Flash Return hints at an alternative lands connection

Jay Garrick The Flash

Jay Garrick (aka The Flash of Earth-3) was last seen before Crisis on Infinite Earths, warning Barry of the impending doom facing the multiverse. However, the speedster did not participate in the crossover, nor was he confirmed to be alive after the multiverse rebooted and Earth-1 merged with others (including Super girls Earth-38) to become Earth-Prime. Jay will appear in The flash season 7 finale in two parts to aid in the Godspeed clone war. It remains to be seen how his reappearance will be explained, but it is possible that he will appear courtesy of the time phase of Iris. Jay originally hails from Earth-3 and his return to The flash matching Iris’s ability to pass time (and perhaps dimensions), they could connect. Iris may be acting as the bridge between Earth-Prime and Jay’s world without even realizing it, and the superhero series could confirm that she is now from Stargirl’s Earth-2 instead.

Theory: Iris’s time phase brings back the multiverse

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On The flash Season 6, Nash Wells detected eternium particles, an interdimensional (and multiversal) element, in Iris prior to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. At the time, not much came out of it, just another taunt that seemed to lead nowhere. However, this could come back into play now that Iris is going through time planes in season 7. It is possible that the combination of Eternium and her movement in and out of time now allows her to connect to not just different time periods in Earth-Prime, but also alternate universes. Perhaps before she finally stabilizes, Iris will fracture through time and that is what breaks the barrier that separates Earth-Prime from the rest of the multiverse, which has remained a post-crisis secret.

Namely, Iris’s temporal instability could alert her and The Flash to the fact that there are still other worlds despite the collapse of the multiverse during the Crisis. After all, Star Girl exists on Earth-2 rebooted and Jay Garrick has been confirmed to make an appearance on the series in its second season. And so Iris’s temporary imbalance could open the gateway to interdimensional travel once again, reestablishing the connection between Earth-Prime and other lands. There has to be a reason Nash detected Eternium in her. All of this could also be setting The flash five-episode crossover event in the fall. Whatever the reasons behind Iris’s time in and out, introducing this story to her could finally pull together so many loose plot threads to The flash and the Arrowverse in general.

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