Arrow season three placed Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen/Arrow and his teammates in a dark story that was full of loss and heartbreak. During the conflict, a friend was forced to leave and a loved one was lost (she’ll be back, though). When the big bad, Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), was finally defeated, there was hope for Team Arrow to have a more optimistic future – until another villain inevitably emerges, that is.

The situation for these vigilantes is bound to get dramatic and dangerous soon enough – there’s just no avoiding it – but Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim has assured fans that Arrow season four will have a “lighter tone.” A slight change in tone has potential to offer an improved season (season three prompted mixed reactions), and his fellow Executive Producer, Wendy Mericle, further boosted the hype for what’s to come. According to Mericle, she’s “pretty sure” the first trailer – which you can watch above – will “break the internet.”

With Matt Ryan’s Constantine appearing, new costumes for John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Oliver, several new characters – including Damien Darhk (who’s only been mentioned before) and Anarky – and even a tease about potentially including Green Lantern(s), it’s easy to see why Arrow season four has been generating buzz so far – even before a single second of footage has been released. Now, however, Arrow fans can finally get a proper first-look at season four, with the debut of the first trailer. Give it a watch, above.

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As expected, the Arrow season four trailer is loaded with action and quick glimpses of new characters. Before jumping into the crime fighting, the video offers a short look at Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) attempting to live a more “normal” life – one that’s free of shootouts and chasing bad guys. Having Oliver go for a jog in a green hoodie is a pretty blunt way of reminding us who he truly is, but having him smile during that jog is a noticeable change of pace for the show – he doesn’t get to grin very often.

With Oliver away, though, Team Arrow struggles to face all of the criminals on their own. Diggle (David Ramsey), Thea Queen (Willa Holland), and Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) have all adequate training (some more than others, obviously), but Arrow’s time on the island and everything that followed it made him a hero that can overcome just about every obstacle in his way – and he pretty much has, of course. All in all, Oliver’s allies take up a good part of the trailer, so it looks like they’ll be receiving more of the spotlight in Season four.

One quick – and interesting – shot is of Nyssa al Ghul and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Despite Malcolm becoming the new Ra’s al Ghul and leader of the League of Assassins, it was made crystal clear that Nyssa is out to get him – he is technically responsible for the death of Sara, the woman she loves, after all. In that quick shot, Nyssa is coldly staring at a visibly angered Malcolm. Could she have defied an order or blatantly betrayed him?

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There’s a very brief look at Constantine (and yes, there’s a cigarette involved in his appearance), Anarky, and the resurrection of Sara Lance, but Mister Terrific gets a more extended appearance in the trailer; we see him working with Felicity and their banter helped lighten the tone. As for Felicity, there’s at least two moments in here that’ll likely make her fans happy – especially the one at the very end. She’s known for her intellect, but as the show has proven, she’s not defenseless in a fight, either. Unsurprisingly, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) – the villainous leader of H.I.V.E. – makes his debut and reveals his plan: he wants Star City to “die” – or so he says.

Yesterday’s reveal of Diggle’s new costume received a lot of flak from fans (the most common complaint is that he looks like “biker Magneto”), but this trailer shows that Diggle’s helmet has a visor to help protect his identity. While it’s not the most impressive costume around, it’s not bad when witnessed on-screen – and the visor is more practical while on a mission (may provide extra protection and it doesn’t reveal who he is – he does have a family now!). That said, there is a glimpse of Diggle wearing the helmet without the visor and people who weren’t fond of the first image will probably still have not-so-flattering opinions about the design.

NEXT: Arrow Producer Talks Damien Darhk

Season 2 of The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 6 at 8pm/7 central; Season 4 of Arrow debuts Wednesday October 7 at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.

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