With the debut season of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger nearly over, the showrunner, stars, and head of Marvel TV stopped by San Diego Comic-Con to offer some insights into Tandy, Tyrone, and the rest. Oh, and there was a very cute gag reel that we hope makes its way online soon.
Jeph Loeb, the head honcho of Marvel's television division, moderated the panel and did a really great job of jazzing up the audience before bringing out showrunner Joe Pokaski and castmembers Emma Lahana (Detective Brigid O'Reilly), Ally Maki (Mina Hess), and the main duo Olivia Holt (Tandy Bowen/Dagger) and Aubrey Joseph (Tyrone Johnson/Cloak). When Loeb introduced the main leads, they walked out onto the stage together, a sign of how intertwined these two characters are.
One of the best moments of the panel came when Joseph recounted the story of his casting. "You took me out of college," he said to Loeb. At the time, he had been attending USC's acting school for one semester when he got the call from his manager. He was also trying to get into a fraternity when he got cast as Cloak. “Unfortunately,” Loeb joked. “He got the part instead.”
Joseph was then brought in for a "chemistry read" alongside Holt, who said that the connection was instant, despite the fact that they didn't know each other beforehand.
Lahana shared her own casting story, revealing that she auditioned for the part, which, at the time, was cloaked (pun intended) in mystery. The character they told her she was trying out for went under the fake last name of "Callaghan."
Maki's character, on the other hand, was not rooted in the comics. “It was such an honor to bring an original character to life, as an Asian-American woman is beyond incredible," she said.
While the titular characters originated from New York in the comics, the show is actually set in New Orleans. Pokaski addressed this change during the panel's Q&A, saying that the more he learned about the city (i.e. the Mardi Gras Indians) and its "refusal to die" (as Joseph put it), he felt like Cloak & Dagger belonged there all along.
The first season of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger ends Aug. 2 on Freeform with its 10th episode "Colony Collapse." While we can only speculate about what the title means for the characters, the term "colony collapse" is one that describes a disorder commonly found in beehives, where the majority of worker bees simply disappear from the colony. With the workers gone, it is up to the nurse bees to look after the queen and her immature young. Even with plenty of food stores, the hive is likely to collapse under these circumstances.
A short video teasing the last two episodes of the season was shown. In one instance, Roxxon CEO Peter Scarborough talks about power, and that his company is trying to "keep up with the Starks and the Rands," a nice little piece of dialogue that ties the show into the larger MCU.
Just today, Freeform announced that it had renewed the show for a second season. The news was met with much applause and wolf whistles. An extremely short teaser for the season (which enters production this fall) promised the introduction of the Marvel hero Mayhem, who first appeared in '80s-era Cloak and Dagger comics.
The character Mayhem began as Detective Brigid O'Reilly, but she died when lured into a trap by corrupt cop Roger Falcone. Due to an oath of vengeance before her untimely death, Brigid came back to life as Mayhem, a vigilante with green skin, sharp claws, and the ability to put out a harmful gas from her body, which can paralyze her enemies. Making good on her promise, Mayhem killed Falcone before becoming a ruthless crime-fighter.
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