Legends of Tomorrow is headed back to television screens very soon - and they might be bringing a familiar storytelling technique with them.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Marc Guggenheim teased the third season's new stories, including the introduction of Kuasa (Tracy Ifeachor), the villainous granddaughter of Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Maisie Richardson Sellers). With Kuasa previously being in the spotlight in season two of the Vixen animated series, Guggenheim confirmed that the plots of two will cross over, similarly to how the Marvel Cinematic Universe handles its films.
"We’re very much beholden to the stories that were told in Vixen season 2, and our approach is very similar to the Marvel movies where you didn’t have to watch Civil War to appreciate Spider-Man: Homecoming." Guggenheim explained. "You get a little bit extra, but they give you all the information that you need to watch that movie. You didn’t have to watch Civil War. It’s the same thing. I would love for everyone to watch Vixen season 2, because I’m really, really proud of it, but we’ll provide all the information you need."
This approach has become increasingly common in recent years, including in both Marvel and DC's film strategies. While some fans have deemed the approach "controversial", those involved with the projects have been grateful for it, including Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland.
This particular use of shared-universe storytelling between Vixen and Legends will ultimately lend itself to the latter show's overall arc, according to Guggenheim.
"Well, this is one of the central themes and questions of the season, which is we really want to explore the question of — for the last two years, certainly last year, the Legends were all about fixing time, but they’ve never actually taken the extra step of actually improving time and engineering history." Guggenheim revealed. "If you’re going to go back in time and you’re going to fix history, what’s wrong with tweaking a little bit and improving it a little bit? And with Amaya having a granddaughter who is “evil,” that really personalizes that question, because it really dramatizes what could be a rather heady debate in a very, very grounded personal way, which is it’s not about just fixing time, which is this esoteric concept, it’s about fixing one specific person. At least for Amaya, obviously."
Legends of Tomorrow returns to Tuesday nights at 9/8c, following new episodes of The Flash, on October 10th.