WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Doom Patrol Season 1, Episode 5 "Paw Patrol," streaming now on DC Universe.
Doom Patrol's cast of unlikely heroes was thrown into disarray from the get-go thanks to Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk) kidnapping Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton) and almost marooning the entire town of Cloverton, Ohio in another dimension. Sadly, Niles didn't return after his remaining charges saved the townspeople, but it was a victory nonetheless.
However, there's been no recovery time; another prominent supernatural threat quickly rose up in the form of the Decreator, an omnipotent being who manifests as a massive eye that basically replaces the mooning the sky. As its lethal gaze intermittently claims random victims by turning them to ash, it becomes clear the Doom Patrol is facing a threat not dissimilar to what Earth's Mightiest Heroes faced in Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. But while we have to wait until next month to see how the Avengers ultimately fare, the Doom Patrol finds swift resolution thanks to a scheme that's similar to one many believe will be deployed in Avengers: Endgame.
The Decreator, summoned by the Cult of the Unwritten Book, has blinking various parts of the world out of existence, transforming them into bursts of ash not unlike the way Thanos snapped half the galaxy away in what's become known as the Decimation. No one is safe, not even Emilio, the young boy who the Cult used to conjure this otherworldly villain by tattooing various incantations on his skin. When Rita, aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), tries to talk to the depressed boy, well, he ends up dusted as well.
Basically, the Cult acted like the Black Order, stealing Emilio (who in turn acts like the Infinity Stones), allowing the Decreator (who's more or less Thanos) to erase parts of reality. And much like the end of Infinity War, the Doom Patrol have no clue as to how they can fix this tragedy.
That is until Niles, hidden in Nobody's pocket dimension, sees the devastation and reveals he has a way to restore what was taken. Nobody, after all, hates that the Decreator is toying with Earth, because he realizes all too well you can't reshape a planet if it's destroyed. Thus, Nobody decides to make a temporary alliance with Niles -- an alliance which involves time-travel.
They project their minds back to the '70s, where they find Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane at a mental institution in Ohio. She's being experimented on, which splits her psyche even further and grants her more powers. But it's not the brawn they're looking for -- they want the intellectual appeal and charisma of one of her personalities, Dr. Harrison. Through her, they start a counter-cult designed to show up when the time is right, and defeat the Decreator.
In Niles' intricate plan, Nobody alters reality as well, allowing Harrison's followers, known as the Cult of the Rewritten Book, to act as an equalizer decades later when the Decreator would come into play. The job of Harrison's cult, Willoughby Kipling (a supernatural ally) and the Doom Patrol is to use the Rewritten Book (spells hidden on a dog rather than a human) to summon the Recreator when the Decreator arrives in the present. Upon manifesting, the Recreator goes on to cancel out the Decreator, returning the Earth to normal, just right for Nobody's future conquests.
Basically, Niles created his own deus ex machina via time travel, which is what fans have been theorizing the Avengers will do in Endgame. Speculation has it that Earth's Mightiest Heroes will traverse the Quantum Realm to gather Infinity Stones from the past in order to topple the Mad Titan in the present. If it turns out this is roughly how Avengers: Endgame unfolds, it'd be a coincidence worthy of a show based in large part on Grant Morrison's classic comic book.
Streaming now on DC Universe, Doom Patrol stars Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele, Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor, Diana Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, April Bowlby as Rita Farr, Joivan Wade as Vic Stone, and Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder.