While the crew of the Waverider is getting ready for a final confrontation with Mallus on tonight’s season finale of Legends of Tomorrow, the building blocks for Season 4 are already being put into place, and it looks like our Legends will have their work cut out for them when the next season of the Arrowverse series introduces more villains of the non-human variety.
That’s what Legends of Tomorrow co-showrunner Phil Klemmer recently revealed in a new interview. Speaking with TVLine, Klemmer hinted that the arrival of John Constantine (Matt Ryan) as series regular for Season 4 — along with the introduction of Mallus as this year’s Big Bad — will lead the show into uncharted waters when it returns next season.
“He is a sort of bellwether of bad guys to come in Season 4,” Klemmer said about Mallus. “Up until this point, we’ve been dealing with earthly and historical bad guys, and we certainly had fun with all of that, but this year we dabbled in the world of the occult, through Damien Darhk and his enterprises. But you know that Constantine is coming onto the show [as a regular] next season, so we want to go deeper, we want Mallus to be used as ‘the tip of the iceberg.’ He is not human, and we want to start playing with the idea that Earth hasn’t always belonged just to our kind.”
So far, the Legends have gone up against the immortal Vandal Savage during the show’s first season before facing off against the time-traveling Legion of Doom in Season 2, and pretty much all of them have been of the human variety. The current season saw the return of Damien Darhk (still human), with the demon Mallus finally popping up in the flesh in the penultimate episode of Season 3 and opening the door to a new world of terrifying creatures.
“We want to get into the world of fantastic myths and monsters a bit more,” Klemmer teased. “It’s kind of presumptuous for anybody to think they have ownership of this Earth or any part of it. Not to get deep into immigration metaphors, but Mallus is an ancient evil, he doesn’t understand humans and doesn’t understand why we have any claim to controlling this world of ours.”
Even if the crew of the Waverider defeats Mallus in tonight’s season finale (apparently at great cost, since a Legend is set to leave), it looks like the team won’t be out of the woods just yet. Hence the need for our favorite occult detective, demonologist, and exorcist to become a series regular for Season 4.
The Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 finale, “The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly,” airs tonight on The CW.