No discussion about the most ambitious crossover events in pop culture history is complete without mentioning DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths. After nearly a century of comic books, Crisis remains one of the most major DC crossover sagas in the company's entire history. It's got everything a comic book fan could want: super team-ups, the entire universe at stake, and emotional deaths.
While critics and fans laud the excellence and drama of Avengers: Infinity War it's important to note how that film - and really the entire Marvel cinematic universe - is built off a template DC established back in 1985 with Crisis. There's never been a more influential crossover in comics, and its one still being replicated and reverberated today in modern storytelling.
Despite Crisis' importance, not a lot of people seem to know what exactly happened, what the multiverse is, or what an impact the story had on DC comic's continuity. On December 11, 2018, at the end of CW's Elseworlds crossover event, the channel revealed that Crisis on Infinite Earths is slated for a Fall 2019 release. Here's what you need to know about this massive comic storyline.
The Continuity First Split In 1961 With The Flash
The Flash Discovered Multiple, Parallel UniversesPhoto: Dark Nights: Metal/DC Comics
It Began With 'The Summoning'Photo: The Summoning/DC Comics
The Monitor Helps Run The Multiverse - And He Has An Evil Counterpart
The Monitor Recruits Superheroes From Multiple Universes
The Heroes Take The Fight To The Anti-Monitor