WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the current season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
In a little over a month, everyone will be sitting in theaters for Avengers: Infinity War, the culmination of Marvel Studios' decade-long plan for their costumed superheroes.
After ten years of building up characters, locations and colorful MacGuffins, we'll see the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man come together to stop the Mad Titan Thanos from acquiring all the Infinity Stones and destroying half the universe. but for those who have been paying attention, we've seen this unfold already... because Legends of Tomorrow has technically done it first.
The current season of The CW's show about time traveling heroes has slowly been telling a story about using glowing rocks to defeat an evil tyrant hellbent on destroying everything. Sound familiar? In this case, the titular Legends have to fight the demon Mallus, contained in a prison literally made by time. When the team broke time at the tail end of last season, the resulting aberrations were created by the demon as part of a plan to free himself; in short, Alexander Hamilton going to see Hamilton could be all that stands between the world going back to normal and a hellish monster wreaking havoc on everything.
Fortunately, there's a way to defeat Mallus: Simply gather the six
stones Totems that imbue their wearers with different abilities based on the elements -- Water, Earth, Fire, Air, Spirit and Death. The back half of the season has revolved around the Legends both fixing the anachronisms as best as they can, and acquiring the Totems in the chance that Mallus does escape with the help of his accomplices, Kuasa, Damien Darhk, his daughter Nora and Gorilla Grodd.
In their own way, Mallus' team is similar to Thanos' Black Order -- they aren't Mallus' kids, though there certainly are family dynamics at play with both the Darhks and Kuasa being Vixen's granddaughter. They also sport specialized skills that make them ideal for time travel shenanigans and have their own methods of doing their master's bidding.