SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Finish Line,” the Season 3 finale of The Flash.
Now that Savitar is dead and gone, Central City will have a new threat to face: DeVoe. In “Finish Line,” the Season 3 finale of The Flash, Savitar namedropped DeVoe for the second time this season, which suggests that DeVoe — and his alter ego The Thinker — will be Season 4’s big bad.
In an attempt to heal Savitar and change the future, Barry brought him back to STAR Labs, where Savitar recounted a few of Barry’s memories; during this, he brought up fighting DeVoe. When Barry looked confused at the name, Savitar chuckled and remembered that Barry hadn’t faced DeVoe quite yet. Seeing as Savitar is a future version of Barry, it seems likely DeVoe will show up as a villain on the show sooner rather than later.
This isn’t the first time DeVoe was named this season. In “Abra Kadabra,” the titular time travelling magician arrived from the future and wreaked a little havoc on Central City. During his brief stay, he rattled off a few of Barry’s enemies, but DeVoe’s name in particular stood out, as Barry has not yet encountered anyone by this name. What’s more, when Abra Kadabra named Barry’s greatest villains, he only brought up season-long antagonists, including Reverse Flash and Zoom. Since Abra Kadabra lumped DeVoe together with Reverse Flash and Zoom, it seems he will be a formidable villain for Team Flash.
Debuting in 1943’s “All-Star Flash” #12, DeVoe was a failed lawyer who turned to crime when he realized that his criminal clients had skills, but not smarts. This being the case, he became the brains of the operation for multiple career criminals. Using a device called the Thinking Cap, DeVoe can also project mental force and occasionally control other technology. Other incarnations of the Thinker have surfaced over the years, including Clifford “Cliff” Carmichael and Des Connor, so it’s possible that “The Flash” will combine these different versions into one character.
What’s more, in having DeVoe as major villain of Season 4, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg would make good on a promise he delivered at PaleyFest. “Next season we’re not going to have a speedster [as the villain],” he revealed during a panel about “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” Seeing as he is an ordinary man with extraordinary technology, Thinker would more than fulfill this requirement.
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash will return this fall on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.