There is no question that ‘Arrow’ is known for introducing characters and developing them into their comic-book superhero counterparts, and taking their time in doing so. Over the course of the series, we have seen the show set up and build the characters of Barry Allen (The Flash), Ted Grant (Wildcat), Roy Harper (Arsenal), Tatsu Yamashiro (Katana), Thea Queen (Speedy), Laurel Lance (Black Canary), Ray Palmer (The Atom), Sara Lance (White Canary) and John Diggle (Spartan). The newest addition to the list will be Curtis Holt, who during Season 4 became a confidante of Felicity Smoak while working at Palmer Tech, and became an invaluable tech contributor to Team Arrow at the end of the season, all while dropping hints of his comic alter ego, Mr. Terrific.
Everything from knowing that he is an Olympic level athlete to seeing early versions of his T-Spheres in development at Palmer Tech let us know that ‘Arrow’ would eventually let the man become Mr. Terrific, and it seems the time has finally come. Although, as happens with most new heroes, it will not be easy and will require a lot of training with Oliver, which actor Echo Kellum discussed with Comic Book Resources at Comic Con this past month:
“You’re going to see him fail and keep striving. There’s something about Curtis that’s very driven. I think you’ll see some of the hurdles he’ll have to pass. You’ll see that his drive really pushes him through everything. Whether it was the Olympics or now getting into the field with Team Arrow, I think it’s going to be a really fun journey.”
Kellum also spoke on the job status on Curtis this season, now that his ally Felicity has been ousted as CEO of Palmer Tech by the board:
“Curtis is in flux, professionally, right now. He loved his boss, he loved his CEO. He is loyal, he’s still an active worker, I think Curtis still works there, but we haven’t talked about it. I feel like it might be a solidarity thing, like, if Felicity is gone, then I’m gone too. Maybe.”
Regardless though, he seems fairly confident that he will become Mr. Terrific this season, and promises that “The mask is happening this year. You can definitely expect it in the first nine.”
What are your thoughts on Curtis finally becoming Mr. Terrific? Do you, like me, appreciate his new status as a hero, but wish the show would stop introducing more heroes and focus on Oliver and the main cast, and try to bring the show back to its Season 2 glory? Share your opinions on the matter in the comments below!
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