Today brought even more reason to look forward to this year’s Arrowverse crossover. We now know that the crossover will be titled “Elseworlds,” and that it’ll be introducing the Monitor (played by LaMonica Garrett).

Both reveals offer a much better idea of what this year’s big DC crossover will be about. But even more intriguingly, it hints at the larger direction the Arrowverse could be heading in the years to come. Here’s why the Monitor news is significant and why we think the Arrowverse is building towards a full-fledged adaptation of DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Who Is the Monitor?

The Monitor is a character first introduced in DC’s comics in 1982. Essentially, he’s DC’s answer to Marvel’s The Watcher – an omniscient being who observes the universe from afar. The Monitor’s duties extend to the whole of the DC multiverse, however. The Monitor became a central figure in 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. There he rallied a group of heroes against his dark opposite, the Anti-Monitor. This villain sought to devour all life and destroy the multiverse entirely, a goal it nearly succeeded in.

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