Even from Season 1, fans have been wondering whether there was more to The Flash's Cisco Ramon that met the eye. This is because in the comics, Francisco Ramon is the superhero Vibe — debuting in the 1980s, Vibe is an obscure member of the Justice League, with the ability to manipulate sonic and molecular energy.
In the show, however, Cisco was just a humble scientist, aiding Barry Allen in his mission to protect Central City from metahuman threats — that is, until the revelation in Season 2 that Cisco was a metahuman himself, and his powers open up a multiverse of possibilities.
This was explored in Season 2, and although Cisco's discovery of his powers had just begun, his journey to harness them was cut short by Barry reseting the timeline in the season finale. Season 3 will see Barry explore a new version of the timeline, in which Cisco Ramon is a billionaire tech tycoon. But is he still Vibe?
Carlos Valdes Drops Hints
In a new interview with Collider, Carlos Valdes — who plays Cisco — talked about playing a different version of the character, and the impact this will have on Barry.
"This character I’m playing is still Cisco Ramon, but it’s obviously an alternate reality version of him in which he is still a genius and still posses a technological prowess about him. Barry has to struggle with the fact that this is not the Cisco he knows and there’s a bit of an antagonistic energy to this Cisco. It’s what makes the beginning of Season 3 so interesting."
Valdes stressed that this new timeline would not last long, though, and that Cisco's powers might have something to do with that.
"The altered timeline of Flashpoint will not overtake the season. I think this season is more focused on the repercussions of the creation of that timeline and it being opened... With that said, we get back to exploring Cisco and his powers. Powers grow. That’s what they do."
This of course led to a question regarding whether Cisco would be getting his own costume as the superhero, Vibe. Carlos took a second to contemplate then responded soundly with, "No comment."
Although we didn't get to see much of Cisco's powers in Season 2, it was clear that his capability to manipulate trans-dimensional energy had huge implications for the plot — especially after the appearance of Reverb, the Earth-2 Cisco who had fully harnessed his own abilities.
So how exactly will Cisco explore his powers in Season 3, and what does that have to do with Flashpoint? There might be a clue about that in one of the recent trailers...
Resetting The Timeline
The second trailer for The Flash Season 3 ended with Barry telling Cisco that this was an alternate timeline, created thanks to his decision to travel back in time and save his mother's life. Cisco did not seem impressed, saying that any version of the world in which he was not a billionaire had to be "a glitch in the universe."
Without the context, we're left wondering why Barry would go to Cisco about this. After all, the two aren't friends in this version of the timeline. It may be that Barry is going to Cisco for help with resetting the timeline, either as a scientist or because of Cisco's powers as Vibe.
Of course, it's impossible to tell whether the particle accelerator explosion occured in the Flashpoint timeline. If anything, it's highly likely it didn't — without the Reverse Flash to kill Harrison Wells and take his place, it's likely that Wells will not build the particle accelerator for many years to come, if he does at all. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Cisco is not a metahuman.
According to the laws of causality, if the particle accelerator never exploded in this timeline, then Cisco never became a metahuman and therefore does not have his Vibe powers. However, superhero rules often flout those of physics and time, and we've seen characters resist timeline changes before — Barry always remembers the previous version of events, and don't even get me started on time remnants.
So what if Cisco was able to resist the timeline alteration, because his metahuman abilities allow him to transcend the laws of inter-dimensional physics? Sure, it's a bit of a stretch, but this would hardly be the first time comic books — or even The Flash TV show — has employed a plot twist like this for dramatic effect. And Cisco has already resisted timeline changes: In Season 1, he remembered being killed by the Reverse Flash (disguised as Wells).
This could be why Barry goes to Cisco for help in Season 3, and there's one more part of Valdes comments that is interesting: He mentions this timeline being "opened", which might imply that the Flashpoint timeline sticks around as a parallel Earth even after the original timeline has been restored.
That may seem totally ridiculous, but the Flashpoint comic arc did feature a similar ending, but the reverse — Barry harnesses the Speedforce to converge three branches of the timeline that are coexisting.
This time around, perhaps it's Cisco that does something similar, using his Vibe powers to protect the Flashpoint timeline from reseting and instating it as a parallel universe, not just a different version of events.
We'll just have to wait and see to find out, but when it comes to Vibe all bets are off — and we're certainly in for a wild ride in Season 3.
Tell us in the comments: Do you think Flashpoint will become a parallel Earth?