Events are coming to a head for teen heroes Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson in the first season of Freeform's Cloak & Dagger. It can't be easy being teenage superheroes, but at least they have each other, drawn inexorably together by their unique, complementary powers. But will this superhero duo always have to go at it alone?
Not too long ago, series showrunner Joe Pokaski admitted he'd love to do some sort of crossover with Hulu's Runaways. With this in mind, we at SYFY WIRE were curious how the two main stars of Cloak & Dagger, Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, felt on the subject. While speaking to both on separate phone calls, we made sure to ask that very question.
Here are the results...
"I'm a fan of [all the shows], but I definitely think Runaways would make the most sense, just because of the history that Cloak and Dagger and the Runaways have and [both groups] just being teenage runaways," Joseph says. "I think that would make the most sense. [But] it would be an honor to cross over with any show."
Holt agrees, mentioning the Runaways' commonalities with Cloak and Dagger, including being teenage runaways with some truly crazy powers.
"I think that that would be a really cool crossover," Holt says. "I think it would be really nice to see all of those characters intertwine in each other's lives and seeing sort of what goes down between Cloak and Dagger and the rest of the Runaways. I would love to see all of them connect and watch what happens."
And while Runaways is probably the most logical possibility for a crossover, Holt would also love to invade a Netflix series, as well.
"I actually just started watching Jessica Jones and I'm so obsessed with it, that I would really, really love to see a crossover between them," she says. "What I find very fascinating and someone actually tweeted me this the other day, I haven't started watching the second season because I just started watching the first, but apparently in the second season, she mentions Cloak and Dagger, so yeah fingers crossed. That would be really cool."
The reference to which Holt refers is a line from Jessica (Krysten Ritter) in Season 2, Episode 3, in which she asks, "Could this be anymore cloak and dagger?" Since the term "cloak and dagger" is an actual phrase used in conjunction with mystery and intrigue, it could just be a coincidence, but it could also be the writers' room having some self-aware fun with the audience.
However, a small line in Luke Cage Season 2, Episode 8 really does seem to cement Cloak & Dagger's presence in the MCU. Misty Knight's replacement, Detective Nandi Tyler (Antonique Smith), tells Misty (Simone Missick) that "O'Reilly moved to New Orleans." This is an obvious nod to Detective Brigid O'Reilly, a classic Cloak & Dagger ally, played by Emma Lahana on the Freeform show. In the comics, all of these characters were based in New York, but Freeform's Cloak & Dagger is set in Louisiana.
Luke Cage acknowledging that Detective O'Reilly began her career in New York City is a nice recognition of these stories' comic book roots, but it also drives home the fact that all of these shows are, technically, set in the same universe. And if she knows Misty, maybe we'll get some sort of Cage crossover.
Putting aside corporate ownership, a crossover with The Runaways still makes the most logical sense, though, over any interaction with Netflix's Defenders.
In Marvel's comics, the offspring of The Pride first encountered Cloak and Dagger in the first-ever Runaways storyline from Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona in 2003. After the kids run away from home, following the discovery that their parents are murdering criminals, Cloak and Dagger are sent to find them and bring them home. They battle the kids but end up believing their story and promise to call the Avengers for help. This never happens, as members of The Pride get to the duo first and wipe their memories clean.
Even if a crossover never comes to pass, Holt and Joseph are just glad to be a part of this larger universe.
"[It's] very exciting, very exhilarating. It was very surreal; I feel very lucky and grateful to be a part of the Marvel Universe now and to be able to tell these two kids' stories, it was a really awesome experience. The cast and the crew and everybody just really created something special," Holt says.
"This whole process has just been surreal," Joseph echoes. "At the end of the day, we knew how important the show was and the impact the show would have, so we just came to set with that mindset every single day and also just brought the fun to it as well … A very amazing experience."
Season 1 of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger finishes up August 2 on Freeform with Episode 10, "Colony Collapse." It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the show had been renewed by the network for a second season. Season 2 enters production this fall.