Is A.R.G.U.S. Good or Evil on 'Arrow'? Amanda Waller Makes Us Question DC Comics' Government Agency
We're now three seasons into Arrow , and still little is known about A.R.G.U.S., DC Comics' Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans (or, the Advanced Research Group United Support, because Starling City doesn't have Super-Humans). What we do know is that John Diggle's wrapped up in them, and so is his ex-wife/current main squeeze, Lyla Michaels. Considering those are two good guys on Arrow, it can be assumed that A.R.G.U.S. is made up of good guys — basically the same kind of organization as Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. However, the government agency is shrouded in so much secrecy, it makes you question if A.R.G.U.S. is a group of good guys or bad guys on the series.
A.R.G.U.S.' history is just as mysterious as their current Arrow plans. The government agency was designed to be an off-shoot of Homeland Security, but a division that only dealt with these "super-humans" (let's go ahead and call them metahumans, in keeping with Flash canon). Even more so than dealing with them, A.R.G.U.S. was established to basically work as the on-call clean up crew for the Justice League. You know, so when our pals over in the League accidentally cause mayhem and destruction trying to take down a bad guy, A.R.G.U.S. steps in and sweeps up after them, leaving no mess behind — and sometimes, the public none the wiser.
Considering that the Justice League is a group of good guys, A.R.G.U.S. appears to fall in line with that. And, for the most part, they do. However, Amanda Waller comes into the picture shortly after A.R.G.U.S.' formation. Even though we haven't seen much of Waller this season on Arrow, we all remember that she is a wonderful, nice, and personable woman who gives out free hugs all the time. Just kidding — she's kind of scary, to be honest. And we still don't really know her motives, or if she's good or bad herself.
In the comics, as soon as Waller got hold of A.R.G.U.S., things leaned a little bit more towards the "brute force" tactical approach. She became very good at sending metahumans into enemy territory as moles for A.R.G.U.S., which didn't always end well.
On Arrow, for the most part, A.R.G.U.S. does appear to be taking the good path... even though Waller is in charge. Diggle and Layla put their full faith in the orginazation, and even Oliver has come to trust them — a little bit (though there was that whole thing where A.R.G.U.S./Waller wanted to level Starling City). Sure, Waller might have some hidden agenda up her sleeve, but we don't know that yet. As far as we know. A.R.G.U.S. is Team Arrow's ally, and hopefully it stays that way — at least for now.
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