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Subj: Who is Zoom? My theories and Iron Man Unit's
Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 at 01:42:56 pm EST (Viewed 329 times)

Now that we have undisputed proof that the Jay we have come to know all season is NOT Zoom, there are only a few possibilities who Zoom could be.

1. Zoom is either Hunter Zolomon from either Earth-Prime or Earth-2 (most likely Earth-2 Hunter Zolomon)

2. Zoom is Edward Clariss AKA the Rival.

3. Zoom is an evil duplicate of the real Jay Garrick.

So, who is Fake Jay? I believe he is Edward Clariss given his abuse of Velocity-6 and all the clues are very similar to Edward in the comics. If this is true, then this eliminates #2 on my list and leaves only two possibilities.

OR Fake Jay is a CLONE. And I LOVE this theory! More on that later.

And who is the Man in the Iron Mask? I believe there are only a few possibilities.

1. The REAL Jay Garrick. Based on his reactions so far, it has to be him.

2. Johnny Chambers AKA Johnny Quick. He has to say his formula to activate his speed, thus it makes perfect sense that he would need a mask that mutes him.

3. Eddie Thawne of Earth-2. Not likely but it’s a slim possibility.

Back to Zoom's identity. One person has come up with a nice little theory that makes perfect sense. The Fake Jay is a CLONE.

I'll copy/paste from this article:

Fake Jay is a CLONE:

The man on Earth-1 was not Jay, but he was also not Hunter Zolomon, nor was he Zoom, nor was he Edward Clariss, he was a clone. Many people have reasoned that due to the fact that Jay’s cells were deteriorating, blah blah blah, Future Jay = Zoom…but I say…nay! Personally, I believe that the reason that “Jay’s” (the man that Caitlin fell in love with) cells were breaking down, is because they were never meant to last! Nearly the entire story he told Team Flash was fabricated, that much has been proven in comments made by The Flash’s EP’s after Zoom’s identity was revealed, and so would it be to much to guess that he lied about the Velocity-5 being the reason his cells were breaking down? No, no it wouldn’t. On the other hand, the reason the man in the mask is in a “speedster-proof” cell is because Jay’s speed was really dissipating (hence him not vibrating out of the cell like Barry and Zoom did) and his knowledge of POW clicks stemmed (as many guessed) from his father’s time in the war.

Assuming “Jay” was a clone, I would venture to guess that Zoom viewed his “death” as “a complication” for the two following reasons. The first, the clone began to think on it’s own (much like Roy Harper’s clone on Young Justice) and even began to believe himself to be the real Jay Garrick. Rather than sticking to Zoom’s mission, the clone became a hero, and closed the breaches. And the second reason, because Caitlin’s Velocity-9 has temporarily halted the deterioration of cells within the body of the clone; both of which slowed Zoom’s plan.

According to one of the EP’s (via EW), Zoom’s name is indeed Hunter Zolomon:

“Zoom’s identity has been revealed: He is Hunter Zolomon, a.k.a JayGarrick,” he said. “How all of that plays out and what’s actually happening, we’ll leave for after the break, but we wanted to go out on this run of episodes with a big reveal, just the same way we did at the end of episode 9 in season 1, where we revealed that Harrison Wells was the man in the yellow suit. Zoom’s identity is finally revealed.”

(I'd take the last paragraph with a grain of salt since I am not able to confirm this with any other source, but it would make perfect sense given the context).

Agree? Disagree? Thoughts? Speculate! \:\)

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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