Things have changed in Starling City, and they’re going to continue to change in Arrow Season 3. Oliver has gotten a taste of the new team dynamics already once he returned from the “dead” (again). Laurel has already suited up, and Ray is going to be doing the same soon.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Cupid is joining the Suicide Squad in Arrow Season 3 Episode 17, “Suicidal Tendencies,” and that’s not all that fans have to look forward to in the rest of the season. In fact, a couple of episodes later, in Episode 19, some time will be spent on another new Season 3 character, as executive producer Marc Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly that things aren’t going to be so easy for Ray even once he suits up as The Atom. (You can see his suit in the photo above.)
“He’s definitely a sloppy superhero in the sense of all of our characters don’t immediately have the easiest time fighting crime. I would say episode 19 really digs underneath what does it mean for Ray to be a hero. Is he a hero because of who he is? Or is he a hero because of the suit that he’s made?”
Recent Arrow Season 3 episodes have seen Laurel adjusting to what it means to wear a mask, and she has had her moments as she figures out how to fight crime, and it has been very obvious that she can’t fight like her sister, and this is likely similar to what will be seen with Ray – that he can’t fight like Oliver or even Roy. Guggenheim also spoke to MTV News about what’s coming up with Ray, and while Felicity has agreed to help him, don’t worry because she’s still going to be part of Team Arrow.
“She is every bit a part of Team Arrow as she’s always been, she’s just now doing it under the shadow of having this conflict with Oliver. I think what Oliver is doing… I wouldn’t go so far as to say it drives her into Ray’s arms, but certainly Ray now has the opportunity to exist in contrast to Oliver. In episode 15, for example, the differences between how Oliver does things and how Ray does things are very different, and very stark, and very sharply drawn. That’s not lost on Felicity. She’s aware that Ray is a very different kind of person than Oliver, and we’ll see what she does with that epiphany.”
The reason for that conflict between Oliver and Felicity is that he is going to be training with Malcolm to go up against Ra’s al Ghul, and part of that training involves Oliver and Thea going to Lian Yu because he needs to conquer his fear. Watch the promo for Episode 14, “The Return,” below.
Guggenheim told Access Hollywood that there will be scenes with Oliver and Malcolm training, and that’s another reason to watch “Nanda Parbat.”
“There’s actually a wonderful training sequence in Episode 15, where it’s Malcolm taking on Thea an Oliver in a three-way sword fight and a great – it’s a great deal of fun and it’s fun to see how Malcolm is as a teacher.”
The CW has been posting a series of behind-the-scenes videos of the various stunts, and you can check those out below.
Speaking of vigilante costumes, there has been talk about a change for the Arrow suit. When The Flash team visited earlier this season, Cisco did make a few changes, but are more coming? Guggenheim confirmed to TVLine that there are changes coming without really giving away anything.
“You’ll see a wide variety of changes coming for Arrow. There’s a lot that’s happening in the latter half of the year that will require some big, wholesale changes.”
Arrow Season 3 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.
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