Legends of Tomorrow season 3 will see Amaya come face to face with her evil granddaughter Kuasa from the animated series Vixen. After the Legends broke time last year, history is a mess. Now, they'll have to clean up their mistake while outrunning Rip Hunter's new Time Bureau. The Legends will also have to contend with a new Legion of Doom.
When Legends of Tomorrow returns, a post-death Damian Dahrk will return to gather more villains around him. Gorilla Grodd will be in tow, possibly in a Vietnam-themed episode. We'll also see the live-action debut of Kuasa. The sister of Mari McCabe, aka the modern-day Vixen, Kuasa sought her sister's powerful totem in season 1 of the Vixen animated series. After being defeated, she joined forces with Vixen, Black Canary, and The Atom in Vixen season 2 to stop a bigger threat. In the end, she died trying to stop that evil. Question is, how much will all of this factor into her appearance on Legends season 3?
EW spoke with Legends of Tomorrow producer Marc Guggenheim about that ways season 3 will use Kuasa and asked whether her work alongside Ray Palmer in the animated series will be referenced. According to Guggenheim:
"Yes, it will. I think if you go back and you look at Vixen season 2, I wouldn’t exactly call her fighting alongside Ray. She’s always been morally questionable, but I think that’s what makes it interesting as far as Amaya’s concerned is Ray would accurately, at the appropriate moment in the season, tell her like there were moments when Kuasa was capable of selfless good. So I think that gives Amaya a little bit of hope."
Mari herself has already appeared on Arrow, and now her sister is headed to the live-action side of the Arrowverse - presumably being plucked from a time period before she shed some of her evil. That conflict, which Ray will be aware of, will have an interesting impact as Amaya decides how to combat her granddaughter. As for whether Legends viewers need to binge Vixen, Guggenheim says the experience will be enjoyable either way:
"We’re very much beholden to the stories that were told in Vixen season 2, and our approach is very similar to the Marvel movies where you didn’t have to watch Civil War to appreciate Spider-Man: Homecoming. You get a little bit extra, but they give you all the information that you need to watch that movie. You didn’t have to watch Civil War. It’s the same thing. I would love for everyone to watch Vixen season 2, because I’m really, really proud of it, but we’ll provide all the information you need."
As Guggenheim has written everything from Spider-Man to The Punisher for Marvel Comics, it makes sense that he would be a fan of the Marvel film model. It also means that knowledge of the events from Vixen aren't essential for watching Legends of Tomorrow season 3. That said, it certainly wouldn't hurt for fans to brush up on the new villain, ahead of Legends' return.
Legends of Tomorrow season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 10 at 9pm EST on The CW.