Arrow is back and in full swing, with a whole new team of vigilantes joining Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) in season 5. This season sees Artemis (Madison McLaughlin), Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Ragman (Joe Dinicol) and Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum) training in the Arrow Cave alongside Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), and they aren't the only new faces in the show this year. The show is also introducing us to several new villains (to balance out all these new vigilantes) including Prometheus and Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman).
Now executive producer Marc Guggenheim has teased the introduction of yet another new character - and a visit to a new city straight from DC comics.
Today, Guggenheim posted a photo on Twitter of what looks like billboard art for the series. The image shows what looks like a run-down city, with the words "Hub City Prime Development Potential" across the top. In smaller print below, the ad reads "Will suit all buyer groups, gives owners the chance to build around their needs and provides developers or investors with the ability to purchase, develop and lease out of a fresh and creative commercial space in the country's most sought-after city. Don't miss this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity!" The ad is sponsored by the fictional WWB (World Wide Broadcasting) 'All news, every day' radio station, and below the image we can see that this billboard will be appearing in episode 11 of this season. Guggeneheim captioned the tweet with "Headed out of town..."
Headed out of town... pic.twitter.com/bxVsRBu8iV
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) November 1, 2016
The assumption is that this image means Team Arrow will be headed to Hub City for some reason - which means that they may well be running into Hub City's most famous resident: The Question. The alter ego of investigative reporter Vic Sage, The Question is a non-powered vigilante who investigates crime and corruption in Hub City. Renee Montoya later took up the mantle of The Question after Vic Sage died.
It would be fantastic to meet The Question in live-action, and his appearance has been rumored in the Arrowverse since Hub City was first mentioned. A fan-favorite, The Question fits in perfectly with this season's return to a more grounded (and less magic-heavy) storyline - like Oliver (and the rest of the new team), Vic Sage is a hero through his training and dedication, not because of any superpowers.
He's also a darker, grittier character (and was the inspiration for Watchmen's Rorschach), and one that may well be able to provide Oliver and company with some useful information about street-level and gang crime in Hub City. Given that Tobias Church is also connected to Hub City (he served time there before uniting the crime lords), the Green Arrow could be headed to Hub to try and learn something about Church's plans... and who better to ask than a vigilante investigative reporter?
Of course, we may visit Hub City without The Question making an appearance at all - and it wouldn't be the first time. In season 4, Oliver journeyed to Hub to meet Esrin Fortuna (Gabriella Wright) and ask for her help in fighting magical foes. Perhaps Team Arrow returns for her advice about another supernatural matter?
Roy Harper also spent time in Hub City under an alias, and the team could be searching him out there. In addition, Hub City is where Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee) lived when they were stranded in the '50s - it's hard to see how this could be connected to Oliver's current situation, but it's possible that this could be a reason for their visit as well.
It's also not the first time that a city with a famous resident has popped up in the Arrowverse without that resident - Coast City (home of Green Lantern) and Keystone City (home to various Flashes) have both appeared as Arrowverse Easter Eggs. While we would love to see The Question, we'll have to wait until the eleventh episode airs in January to find out if he'll be joining the Green Arrow.
Arrow ‘Human Target’ airs Wednesday @8pm on The CW.