Earlier in Season 4 of Arrow, Oliver Queen took his final step in becoming the heroic DC Comics archer known as the Green Arrow — since he had previously gone by every other possible nickname in the book including the Vigilante and the Arrow. Many other members of Team Arrow are also pulled from the comics, sometimes with a twist, like Laurel Lance as Black Canary and Thea Queen as Speedy. Although there is a version of Felicity Smoak in the DC Comics, she's not a hero. However, a popular theory posits Arrow's resident tech wiz could be a different comic book character entirely. So, will Felicity Smoak become Oracle on Arrow or does this theory fail to carry any weight? Arrow Season 4 spoilers ahead.
Before I dive too deep into it, I should let you know that Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle told TVLine they considered taking Felicity's character in that direction, but Oracle is "off the table," even explaining, "That’s something we definitely talked about [doing] with Felicity in the beginning …. But yeah, it will not be Oracle, sadly." Even with that confirmation, I can't shake the similarities between Felicity and Oracle. Maybe the show could find other ways to link their stories, without technically making them the same character. Because while Oracle's alter ego in DC Comics is Barbara Gordon, she has way too much in common with Felicity to ignore.
First off, there are, of course, Felicity's undeniable computer skills, which are also some of Oracle's greatest assets. Then, there's the progression of Felicity's storyline in Season 4 of Arrow. In the comics, Barbara Gordon became Oracle after an incident with The Joker left her paralyzed, forcing her to retire from being the superhero known as Batgirl. Instead, she became an invaluable resource known for her tech wizardry and ability to obtain information through the web.
Now, an Austrailian promo for the latter half of Arrow's fourth season recently revealed Felicity may also be paralyzed as a result of Damien Darhk's attack on her and Oliver. I know Mericle said Oracle is "off the table," but if Felicity will be a paralyzed tech wiz who helps superheroes fight villains, that sounds a lot like an Oracle story to me, even if the show never actually uses the word "Oracle."
Additionally, other rumors reported by Moviepilot about Season 4 of Arrow provide too many coincidences for fans to ignore the possibility that the show could still explore a similar path. Of course, perhaps we should take Mericle at her word; maybe Felicity will soon recover from her injuries — or maybe she is the person from the grave shown in the Season 4 premiere (although I don't even want to think about that possibility). There is a lot we don't know about Felicity's future on Arrow, but the parallels between this tech wiz and Oracle have me paying close attention.