How ‘Arrow’ Built The CW’s Own Superhero Cinematic Universe

Stephen Amell’s Emerald Archer exits after eight seasons on Tuesday

As “Arrow” heads into retirement with its 170th and final episode on Tuesday, Stephen Amell’s Emerald Archer leaves behind a legacy that may only be rivaled by Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.

Both are billionaire playboys that become self-sacrificing heroes, using their brains and expensive technology in lieu of actual superpowers. But the similarities between the two extend up to the corporate level. After all, they’re both the godfathers of two of the most successful comic book franchises in media.

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

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