While tonight's episode of The Flash belonged to Franz Drameh's Jay "Jax" Jackson -- the new Firestorm -- there was no shortage of teasing what's coming up for Cisco Ramon, Barry's tech guru and recently-revealed metahuman known to comic book fans as the onetime Justice Leaguer Vibe.
Since Cisco's abilities started to manifest late last season, fans have wondered if and when we'll get a version fo Vibe who will suit up and join Barry on adventures -- but so far, he hasn't even been able to bring himself to reveal his abilities to his closest friends.
That's something Professor Martin Stein -- the other half of Firestorm -- has encouraged him to do...but will he?
"I don't want to give too much away, but yeah," showrunner Kreisberg said following a screening of tonight's episode in Los Angeles last week. "One of the things for him is this evil man said, 'I gave you this gift,' and he's seen what happened to the other metahumans. Good or bad intentions, they all go nuts and they all get locked up. Cisco's really scared. He doesn't see what the benefit is yet. He doesn't see that it really is a gift and he doesn't see that it is a blessing and a power that can be used to help people. Right now, all he sees is the nightmare. That's what's really scary for him."
"All I know is that we're really hinting at some stuff from the Vibe lore, so things look good," said actor Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco, when asked about the possibility of suiting up during a recent visit to the set of The Flash. "I haven't' heard anything. I don't even know if that's in my future, so I don't like to make assumptions."
The nature of the power, too, plays into Cisco's reluctance to share his secret with the team and pursue his potentially-great destiny.
"It's not like he woke up and he can fly," Kreisberg added. "Not only is he scared about what it means to be a meta-human and all of that. He also feels like he drew the short straw. 'Barry got super speed and Ronnie gets to fly and me, I get these blinding headache nightmare visions of people being killed.' It's not at first blush the most heroic way to step into the world."
"I guess when you think about it objectively, on paper, considering that Cisco is such an eager personality, you would think he would be geeked about something like that happening to him," Valdes said. "But I think what the writers have done is actually much more interesting; they're flipping the expectation on its head and Cisco actually isn't responding well to what's happeing to him. It's not a good thing for him and he's very scared, and he doesn't know how to handle it. I like that."
The Flash airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.