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The X-Men Easter Egg You May Have Missed In Superman And Lois

Superman and Lois is the newest show in The CW's Arrowverse suite of programs based on DC Comics. It follows Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin), Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and their teenage sons Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) as they move to Superman's hometown of Smallville to try to give the boys normal-ish lives, and it's getting positive responses from critics (86% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes) and fans alike. It's already been renewed for season 2 after only four episodes have aired.

The fourth episode, "Haywire," contains a reference to something that has superhero fans excited about the possibilities of what could show up on Superman and Lois, or might even be a reference to an iconic property from DC's rival company Marvel. According to CBR, "Haywire" may contain an Easter egg referencing the X-Men, which could have big implications for the show and the Arrowverse at large going forward.

The series premiere of Superman and Lois reveals that Jordan has inherited his father's powers, manifesting in the form of heat vision that ruins a party in a mine and injures some other kids, including Tag Harris (Wern Lee), a football player for the Smallville High Crows, whose arm was broken. In "Haywire," Tag's body begins to vibrate seemingly of its own volition, and his cast shatters to reveal that his arm has miraculously healed. Later on, he begins to be wracked with pain, and is uncontrollably running around in the woods at superspeed. The Kent twins summon their father, who helps Tag and discovers the truth: the boy developed metahuman powers when Jordan's heat blast hit a secret stash of X-Kryptonite buried in the mine. Superman sends Tag to a "school for metahumans" where he'll learn how to control his powers.

"School for metahumans," you say?

Paging Dr. Xavier

The most famous school for young people with special powers in the world of superheroes is of course X-Men's Xavier Institute, the school founded by Professor X where mutants learn how to wield their abilities. It's where the X-Men are trained and live. The school Superman briefly describes sounds a lot like that.

Of course, we don't see the school in "Haywire," and it's extremely unlikely that we'll ever see a DC-Marvel crossover like that, but it's a lot of fun that Superman and Lois is even throwing a hint that the Xavier Institute or something like it even exists in the Arrowverse. And since Jordan Clark is himself a superpowered teen with powers he can't quite control, it doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility that Jordan and his family may visit at some point. It would be odd to mention a place that would be perfect for someone like Jordan and then never bring it up again, wouldn't it? He's going to have to learn how to be Superboy somewhere.

Even if it's not introducing X-Men to the Arrowverse, the school could be based on something that comics fans will appreciate. CBR notes that DC's "Infinite Frontier" comics relaunch has introduced a Teen Titans Academy, where the next generation of DC supes will learn the ropes at Titans Tower. Superman and Lois could be laying the groundwork to introduce that school –- or one like it -– later on. Maybe, just maybe, Jordan Kent could someday become a Teen Titan. Maybe he'd fight alongside Conner Kent (Joshua Orpin) in a crossover event with Titans.