The Flash Museum Easter Eggs: 5 Details You Missed in Season 5 Episode 12
Remember to exit through the gift shop. In “Memorabilia,” the newest episode of The Flash on The CW, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West (Candice Patton) travel into their daughter’s memories of wandering The Flash Museum, a museum dedicated to the life and career of The Flash. And of course, there are many, many Easter eggs to unpack.
As seen in the DC Universe canon, the Flash Museum is an institution dedicated to chronicling the life and career of The Flash — and his many enemies. Introduced in an amusing backup in The Flash #154 in 1965, the museum became a recurring location as The Flash gained more prominence in the DCU.
The live-action series [has teased the museum several times], most notably in H.R.’s plan to create the “S.T.A.R. Labs Museum” in Season 3. That plan, unfortunately for H.R., went nowhere, but as “Memorabilia” reveals, S.T.A.R. Labs becomes the site of the Flash Museum in the near future after Flash’s pending disappearance in a “crisis.” (Danger! Danger, Will Robinson…)
Here are all the Easter eggs you saw in “Memorabilia.”
Welcome to The Flash Museum
At last, The Flash goes to the museum! While our heroes don’t actually walk through the museum, they do see it through Nora Allen’s memories.
While it started out as a joke comic book writers found funny in 1959, the Flash Museum has become a reoccurring locale in the DCU throughout the decades. Fun fact: Know who didn’t find a Flash Museum funny? Quicksilver, when the Avengers crossed over into the DC Universe in JLA/Avengers.
Besides obviously comics, it’s also appeared on TV, in the 1990 The Flash series (in the episode “Fast Forward”) and in animation, such as in the cartoon series Justice League Unlimited and the feature film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Speaking of Flashpoint, in the alternate, Flash-less reality seen in 2011’s Flashpoint, Barry’s arch-rival Captain Cold had a museum in his name.
5. The Flash #1 (2016)
In the background of the Flash Museum are actual The Flash comic books published by DC! The first you’ll see are several issues of The Flash #1, published in 2016 as part of DC’s acclaimed soft reboot, Rebirth. The issue marked Joshua Williamson’s very first issue on the series, and began an arc that introduced the speedster villain, Godspeed.
4. The Flash #39 (2018)
The 39th issue of the Rebirth series also appears on a shelf in the museum. The issue saw the return of Gorilla Grodd in an ambitious takeover of Central City, using the same Speed Force powers that endow Barry with his abilities. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Grodd, but as one of Flash’s most famous enemies, no Flash Museum is complete without a mention of him.
3. The Flash #172 (2001)
In a more direct reference to the current season, the TV show also prominently displays issue #172 of The Flash, which has Cicada right there on the cover. In an illustration by Brian Bolland, Cicada prepares to sacrifice The Flash (Wally West, not Barry Allen) using his enchanted daggers.
Despite being a minor villain from this single Johns arc, the television series promotes Cicada into a bigger baddie than fans have seen him as before.
2. DC Collectibles
Hardly an Easter egg, but the series just low-key confirmed “DC” exists in its own universe (as if the comics didn’t do that already). On the shelves of the Flash Museum gift shop are actual 6” figures from DC Collectibles you can buy for yourself. Here they are on Amazon.
1. Red Death
One of the more ominous teases in “Memorabilia” is a video recording of Captain Singh mentioning the “Red Death.” This is actually a huge deal, as the character could mean the Arrowverse might actually adapt one of the biggest comic book storylines in recent memory. For more on that, read our explainer on the Red Death here.
The Flash airs Tuesday nights on The CW at 8 p.m. Eastern.