'Arrow' Enters Its Marvel 'Civil War' Phase in Mid-Season Debut

Maybe it’s time for Arrow to rethink this “team” thing. In the mid-season return of the DC CW series, Star City’s vigilantes split into evenly divided factions while Cayden James adds one more metahuman to his ranks. It’s still not clear what Cayden James wants, exactly, but it seems bad.

Spoilers for Arrow’s “Divided” ahead.

In “Divided,” Oliver (Stephen Amell) hastily aligns with the last free Bertinelli boss (remember that name?) so he could stand a chance against Cayden James (Michael Emerson) who adds one more metahuman to his ranks: Vigilante (Johann Urb). Meanwhile, the newer members of Team Arrow declare independence, while on the veterans’ side, Diggle (David Ramsey), regains his strength thanks to one last kind gesture by Curtis (Echo Kellum).

True to its title, “Divided” keeps Ollie, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), and Diggle separate from Curtis, Rene (Rick Gonzalez), and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy). It’s been weeks since the winter finale, where the latter three left Team Arrow after Ollie clumsily revealed he didn’t trust them as much as he should. Ollie’s hubris has cost him his team. Now the Green Arrow (while Diggle is still hurt and Felicity is still just a computer whiz) spends “Divided” fighting a stable alliance of super-criminals in Star City with an even shadier character than any of his former teammates.

Article continues below

Vigilante (Johann Urb) causes the biggest ruckus in this week's episode.

Ollie really messed up here, because the odds are in favor of Cayden. Vigilante has sided with Cayden, a good move on his part because he is finally interesting again. And mercifully, Arrow speeds through the mandatory cycle of revelation, heartbreak, fighting (“It’s not what you think.” even though it is exactly what we think), and betrayal between Vigilante and Dinah, all within a brisk 40-minute timespan. Better to eat all the veggies now, so we can savor the meat and desserts.

But Team Arrow still enjoys one good blessing. At the very end of the episode, as a peace offering that does not result in reunion, Curtis completes his prototype chip that would allow Diggle total control of his body once again. It’s all fine and dandy, for now. We’ve already seen in the past what happens when a superhero depends on technology just to function. Like Felicity, that tech can be used against them, and it’s unwise that Team Arrow is fighting a mastermind like Cayden James.

From this point on, Season 6 of Arrow has turned into the Arrowverse’s Captain America: Civil War. While a showdown between the two sides may be in store, albeit on a significantly smaller budget than the Marvel Cinematic Universe (though it won’t stop Arrow from trying; bear witness to the intense fight scene between Green Arrow and Cayden James’s men in a warehouse), no side has lost sight of the real enemy.

Arrow airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. Eastern on The CW.

Media via The CW

Now that we’re less than a year away from the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, an interview with any of the Star Wars actors will be dissected and analyzed by pundits and fans. And although 2019 is barely underway, the first clue has already arrived. Adam Driver recently revealed he seemingly knows how Kylo Ren’s story ends. More importantly, he’s known it for a long-ass time.

Finally, there’s some legitimately good news about production on Rick and Morty Season 4. Animation has officially begun, though that also means the release date probably won’t arrive for half a year or more.

Rick and Morty’s animation supervisor Eric Bofa Nfon tweeted last Friday about a “Casual meeting,” saying in the tweet that it was his “First week back!” Nfon included the hashtag “#RaM4,” clearly referencing Rick and Morty Season 4. There’s also an Emmy award sitting on the table, no doubt because the show won an Emmy for Season 3’s “Pickle Rick” last year.

M Night Shyamalan blew our collective minds with the post-credits scene at the end of Split, revealing that the movie we had just watched took place in the same world as his 2000 masterpiece Unbreakable. Now that the third film in the long-promised trilogy is here, the question remains: Does Glass have a post-credits scene? And is it worth sticking around after the credits roll? Here’s what you need to know. (No spoilers, we swear).

Mysterio strikes! This summer, for the first time on the big screen, the special effects criminal mastermind in a fishbowl will appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal. As one of Spider-Man’s earliest villains, Mysterio has appeared on and off in comics for decades, but hasn’t really had a whole significant storyline of his own. Yet a handful of artists have managed to find the mystique in Mysterio.