The Legends of Tomorrow scour the timeline for threats to history but occasionally venture into the future for more fruitful information.
The Legends of Tomorrow began with a crusade to get rid of Vandal Savage, prevent his world domination in 2166 and save Rip Hunter’s family from being killed. In order to do this, they had to travel through time to find clues and find a way to take him down. As the series progressed, additional threats typically threatened the past. Because of this, the Legends rarely travel to the future. Here are all the times the Legends of Tomorrow traveled to the future in order of their importance to the mission.
5: Camelot/300 (Season 2, Episode 12)
This season 2 episode spent the least amount of time in the future year of 3000. The Legends found themselves in this year in search of a piece of the Spear of Destiny that has been left in the hands of Dr. Mid-Nite by Rip after he and the Justice Society of America spread around the pieces throughout time. Sadly, they arrived too late and the piece has been stolen by the mind-controlled Rip Hunter. While in the future, Professor Stein managed to pick up a piece of future tech that ended up helping the Legends with an army of mind-controlled knights of the roundtable.
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4: Progeny (Season 1, Episode 10)
After many failed attempts to stop Savage in the distant past, the Legends come up with a new idea. To stop Vandal’s protégé from rising to power and giving Vandal a head start on world domination, they travel to 2147 in order to locate Per Degaton and stop the release of the armageddon virus that wipes out most of humanity. This mission ends up being one of the Legends’ greatest defeats. Instead of trying to prevent Per Degaton’s rise, they ended up speeding up the process, resulting in the release of the virus moving up from 2152 to a few days after their intervention in 2147.
3: Leviathan (Season 1, Episode 13)
When all previous plans failed, the Legends had no choice but to fight Vandal Savage at the height of his power in 2166, just days before his reign began. They discover one of Vandal’s soldiers has a bracelet from Kendra’s first life that could be used to kill Vandal once and for all. The team manages to steal it and plate the metal onto Carter’s mace. While Kendra had the chance to kill Vandal once and for all, she stopped herself after finding a reincarnation of Carter amongst his ranks. The Legends manage to take Carter back to the Waverider and de-brainwash him, thus reinstating him as a Legend.
2: I, Ava (Season 3, Episode 16)
One of the most important episodes, “I, Ava” saw the mystery of Ava Sharpe come to a close as the secret of her origin is revealed. Sara, Ray and Gary travel to Vancouver, BC in 2213 in order to find some information on Ava. They soon discover that Ava is one of thousands of clones created to help serve the human race. This causes Ava to have an existential crisis over why she was chosen by Rip and if she is a separate individual amongst all the clones. She eventually accepts her past and with the help of Sara, finds a sense of individuality.
Honorable Mention: Star City 2046 (Season 1, Episode 6)
“Star City 2046” supposedly depicted a future where Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead while a new Green Arrow fights against the injustices of Star City. As interesting as this dystopian future may be — specifically because it gave audiences a live-action one-armed Oliver Queen a la The Dark Knight — it was retconned to have been a different universe, Earth-16. Nevertheless, it is a phenomenal episode that gave audiences a glimpse of what the future of the Arrowverse may be.
1: Zari (Season 3, Episode 3)
Season 3’s “Zari” is one of the best introduction episodes in the series. It introduced the fan-favorite air totem protector Zari Tomaz from the year 2042. While searching for the Totems of Zambezi in order to defeat Mullas, the Legends enter the dystopian police state of Seattle 2042. They search for Zari and discover her to be a hacktivist on the run from the law. She convinced them to help her break her brother out of prison in exchange for information. This ends up being a lie as Zari admits her brother has been murdered and it was less of a prison break and more of a heist to retrieve the air totem. By the end of the episode, Amaya convinces Zari to stay on the ship and help them defeat Mullas. Zari privately plans to find a way to save her brother and rewrite her dystopian history, which she ends up doing two years later. The Heyworld event prevents the fear of monsters and metahumans, thus eliminating the police state. Sadly, Zari herself also ceases to exist as she herself is now an anachronism.
While the Legends spent most of their time in the past after Season 1, Season 6 could allow for more future travel as the Legends search for their abducted co-captain Sara Lance. Until then, the past is protected and secured and the future is unknown to all, thanks to the Legends.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Matt Ryan, Olivia Swann, Jes Macallan, Adam Tsekhman and Shayan Sobhian. Season 6 will premiere in 2021 on The CW.
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