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"The Time Masters. They took me to a place called the Vanishing Point. Time doesn't exist there the way it does on Earth."
Mick Rory[src]

The Vanishing Point is a place located outside of time and space. It was utilized by the Time Masters as base of operations. Supposedly, it was the only location not affected by the Oculus device. The Vanishing Point was also the location of the Oculus Wellspring, before its ultimate destruction at the hands of Leonard Snart.

Subsequently, the Vanishing Point was used as a base of operations for the Legion of Doom in their quest to acquire the Spear of Destiny until they were defeated by the Legends.[1]

After the destruction of the multiverse, the seven paragons were sent by Pariah to the Vanishing Point, putting them out of the Anti-Monitor's reach. From there, they formed a plan with the Spectre to defeat the Anti-Monitor and create a new multiverse by time traveling to the dawn of time through the Speed Force, in which they ultimately succeeded.

History

Ruled by the Time Masters

Rip Hunter and Miranda Coburn awaited trial before the Time Masters Council due to breaking their rule of having a relationship. However, the latter agreed to leave the Time Masters, allowing Rip to walk free.[2]

After Vandal Savage had taken over the world in 2166, Rip Hunter went before the Time Masters Council, hoping to form a team. They refused approval, instead forcing him to go rogue and create a team of his own.[3]

After Leonard Snart left Mick Rory stranded in the timeline, he was trained by the Time Masters to deal with Rip Hunter's team. He spent a lot of time there, until he was ready and was sent to eliminate them, although he was only able to capture Snart.[4]

Time Master Zaman Druce ordered The Pilgrim to hunt down a younger version of Kaylex Druzan, erasing him from the timeline. Following that, he ordered her to hunt down Rip Hunter's team.[5]

Rip Hunter's team captured Vandal Savage and took him to the Vanishing Point, hoping to have him incarcerated for messing around with time. However, the Time Masters revealed themselves to be allied with Savage and went to arrest all of Hunter's team, save for Sara Lance and Leonard Snart, who evaded capture by hiding in the Waverider's vents, and Jefferson Jackson, who was sent back to 2016 in the jumpship to be cured of his temporal radiation poisoning.[6]

Oculus Wellspring being destroyed

The destruction of the Oculus Wellspring

With Sara and Snart on the loose, the Time Masters had no choice but to keep Rip and the others alive for the time being. While Mick was being conditioned into becoming Chronos again, Druce revealed to Rip that in 2175, Earth would be invaded by the Thanagarians and if Savage did not unite the world to repel them, even the Vanishing Point would fall to the invaders. He then showed Rip the Oculus, a device that allowed the Time Masters to predict and manipulate timeline, controlling the actions of Rip's team that would work in favor of Savage. Being outside time, the Vanishing Point was the only place in space and time free from the device's influence.[7]

Sara and Snart managed to sabotage the Time Master's time fleet by infecting their AIs with a virus created by Gideon before rescuing Rip and the others. Mick managed to overcome his brainwashing and fulfilled his promise of killing Time Master Declan. The Vanishing Point then attempted to thwart their escape by catching the Waverider in a tractor beam, only for Ray Palmer to use Mick's gauntlet to override the command.[7]

Rip's team then targeted the Oculus Wellspring to prevent the Time Masters from manipulating the timeline any further. Druce came with a platoon to stop and execute them, only to be caught off guard by Jax in the jumpship. Eventually, they discovered the Oculus had to be destroyed manually, and Snart stayed behind to destroy the Oculus, resulting in the destruction of the Vanishing Point and his inevitable death.[7]

The surviving Time Masters decided to abandon the Vanishing Point, now unable to mold the timeline as they pleased.

After its destruction and Anti-Monitor Crisis

It was later revealed by Rip Hunter that the Legion of Doom had been using the Vanishing Point as a hideout.[8] The Vanishing Point itself is still functional, with the damage mostly contained to the Oculus Wellspring.

The Paragons in the Vanishing Point

The Paragons in the Vanishing Point

"What the hell just happened?"
"Where are we?"
"This is the Vanishing Point."
"What does that mean?"
"It's a point outside of time and space."
"What happened to the Waverider; and the others?"
"The Anti-Monitor; he used Harbinger to attack us. Pariah must have sent us here, knowing the Anti-Monitor couldn't follow."
"We have to go back. We have to go back; right now!"
"Barry! We can't—they're gone.
"
—The Paragons after arriving at the Vanishing Point[src]

After the Anti-Monitor completely destroyed the multiverse, Pariah sent the Paragons, which included Supergirl, White Canary, Batwoman, Martian Manhunter, The Flash, Ryan Choi, and Earth-96 Superman, (though the latter ended up being replaced by Lex Luthor due to Lex's meddling with his fate via the Book of Destiny) to the Vanishing Point, putting them out if the Anti-Monitor's reach; thus making the Vanishing Point the last sanctuary for the Paragons.[9] While in the Vanishing Point, the Paragons struggled to find an escape as Kara lost all hope, Kate kept preparing for a fight that will never come, Barry had disappeared, J'onn meditating and Ryan and Lex working a way to escape. When Barry came back from the Speed Force, Oliver Queen, now known as the Spectre, unlocks Barry's full potential to help the Paragons escape to the planet Maltus before the Anti-Monitor Crisis.[10]

Appearances

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Season 1

Season 2

Season 5

The Flash

Season 6

Arrow

Season 8

Trivia

  • It seems the Speed Force's will reaches even the Vanishing Point, as Eobard Thawne's watch to detect Black Flash went off there as well.[11]
  • When the Legends returned to the Vanishing Point to retrieve the Legion of Doom's pieces of the Spear of Destiny, the place was still functional, albeit heavily damaged from the destruction of the Oculus.[8]
  • The Vanishing Point may be located in outer space, but Oxygen seems to be abundant, as humans can breathe here.
  • Its being outside time seems to mean that there is none, as the Paragons never mention starving during the time they spent stuck there; if time moved forward, biological functions would continue. Furthermore, Mick mentioned that he spent lifetimes being trained there by the Time Masters, but showed no signs of aging.
    • However, Ryan Choi was shown to have grown a beard during the time he was stuck there with the rest of the Paragons.

Behind the scenes

  • In the comics, Vanishing Point is a metaphysical dimension that lies outside the normal space/time continuum.

References


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