Cloak And Dagger Showrunner Discusses Connections To Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe connects the majority of the live-action Marvel movies and TV shows currently available, and there have been Easter eggs and post-credits sequences that reveal ways that the various projects relate to each other. Freeform's superhero venture Cloak and Dagger is set in New Orleans, which is well away from the other Marvel TV shows. Nevertheless, many Marvel fans have connected the dots between Cloak and Dagger and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as Agent Carter thanks to Roxxon Oil Corp. Now, Cloak and Dagger showrunner Joe Pokaski addressed the relationship between these shows, saying this:

Yes, it's always our goal to connect instead of negate, if that makes sense. The thing I can tell you is definitely watch all of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and all of the Agent Carter episodes that dealt with Roxxon as well. Whenever possible, we want to connect. I think there's certain things that were done in Carter and S.H.I.E.L.D. that I don't think we're going to be necessarily duplicating, but if what you are sniffing around is the source similar, then I can say the source is of the same source originally.

Unlike the sneaky connection between Cloak and Dagger and Luke Cage, fans have been able to easily connect Cloak and Dagger to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter ever since Roxxon was connected to Tandy's father and potentially the source of Tandy and Tyrone's powers. The Freeform series hasn't officially said that the substance that turned young Tandy and Tyrone into time bombs just waiting to discover their powers as teens is Zero Matter/Darkforce, but it feels like only a matter of time. Joe Pokaski's comments to point toward Cloak and Dagger borrowing some of the elements surrounding Roxxon from S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter without exactly giving their storylines a do-over.

It doesn't sound like we should necessarily expect to see Hayley Atwell reprise her Peggy Carter role for flashbacks or Coulson to drop by or Daisy to quake by the Big Easy to drop some exposition, but the connections between the shows and (presumably) the MCU canon surrounding Roxxon and Zero Matter will exist and develop further. Fans -- even those of us who would do just about anything for even a taste of more Agent Carter -- shouldn't necessarily expect to get more direct shout-outs than what we got courtesy of Luke Cage; still, we can probably look forward to some MCU consistency.

It's clear that Cloak and Dagger doesn't intend to give up on the Roxxon mystery any time soon. The latest episode only just revealed that Roxxon was looking for a very powerful source of energy in the swamps around New Orleans, which may mean that Tandy and Tyrone are a ways off from discovering what exactly it was that gave them their powers. Cloak and Dagger hasn't actually been renewed for a second season at this point. Still, given the incredible ratings for the series premiere and the fact that Marvel is kind of a big deal in pop culture nowadays, I'd definitely put my money on Season 2.

We'll have to wait and see. New episodes of Cloak and Dagger air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform. For some alternate viewing options, check out our summer TV premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.