The Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Earth-X” had seen the assembled heroes save Earth-1 from the Nazis on Earth-X. The victory had been tempered by the loss of a loved character. And The CW has released a featurette paying tribute to the fallen hero.
Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) who was one half of the superhero Firestorm with Jax Jefferson (Franz Drameh) had died during the 4th hour of “Crisis on Earth-X.” He was gunned down by Nazis on Earth-X while he was trying to reactivate the heroes’ gateway home to Earth-1. The death of Stein from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow since the series’ debut was an emotional one for fans. In the featurette, Garber speaks about the impact of being part of Legends and the superhero genre overall
“I’ve loved the whole experience of being in this genre and this world which is something I never really knew about and didn’t understand,” Garber says. “Meeting fans of the shows have been a lovely thing. You know, when you sign a picture of a nine-year-old kid, it’s very humbling and sweet. I like that.”
Stein’s death might have been a surprise for Legends fans. While the news broke in October that Garber was going to be leaving the show, for the last few episodes it had looked like Stein and Jax will find a way to separate their powers so that Stein can retire and go home to his family. Cisco created a serum that served as a cure and stripped both men of their powers. After being shot, Jax bonded with him as Firestorm to keep Stein alive but was going to lead to Jax dying. Stein had refused to let that happen and asked Jax to allow him to pass on.
Despite Stein’s death and Garber’s departure, this is not the last time that fans will see a version of the character. The Legends will encounter a young Martin Stein in the upcoming midseason finale. They will also be dealing with a blue stuffed animal who has become a Viking god in the upcoming “Beebo The God of War.”
Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays after The Flash at 9/8c on The CW.