Marvel's Cloak and Dagger has debuted on Freeform with its first two gripping episodes, which introduce budding superheroes Tyrone Johnson a.k.a. Cloak (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy Bowen a.k.a. Dagger (Olivia Holt). The premiere also re-introduced the shady oil company Roxxon Corp., which has been featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the very first Iron Man movie, and represents Cloak and Dagger's strongest connection to the rest of the MCU.
Despite how many times Roxxon has cropped up in MCU movies and TV shows, you could be forgiven for not remembering it. The company (whose name is a little-disguised analog of the real-life oil company Exxon), is a powerful and sometimes sinister conglomerate that operates quietly in the background, providing a day-to-day resource while secretly harboring connections to all sorts of nasty operations. Here's a rundown of all the times we've seen Roxxon previously in the MCU, and the corporation's role in Cloak and Dagger.
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Roxxon in the MCU So Far
Roxxon was taken from the pages of Marvel Comics, where the company played a similar role to the one that it plays in the MCU: a shady energy company that represents corporate greed, particularly at the expense of the little guy. Roxxon's first appearance in the MCU was in Iron Man, where the Roxxon sign could be seen in the background of Iron Man's climactic battle with Iron Monger. Roxxon then went on to play similarly minor roles in the next two Iron Man movies - first as a race car sponsor in Iron Man 2, and then when an unfortunate Roxxon employee was captured and killed on camera by The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 (though the whole thing, of course, turned out to be faked).
Bridging the gap between Marvel movies and TV is the Marvel One-Shot A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Thor's Hammer, in which Agent Phil Coulson stops off at a Roxxon gas station and finds himself in the middle of an armed robbery (a situation that he calmly defuses).
The Marvel movies and TV shows technically share a universe, but since a command structure shakeup in 2015, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has reported directly to Disney, while Marvel TV has been managed under the umbrella of Marvel Entertainment. A side effect of this has been a noticeable rift between the movies and TV series, and it looks like the TV side of things got Roxxon in the custody battle, because the company hasn't been referenced in any of the movies since Iron Man 3. However, it has woven itself quite deeply into the fabric of the TV universe. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Roxxon was the parent company of Cybertek, the company behind Project Deathlok and the Centipede Project (both attempts at creating super-soldiers). In Agent Carter, Roxxon boss Hugh Jones was revealed to be a member of the powerful, clandestine group called the Council of Nine.
The connections to secret organizations don't end there. In Daredevil, we learned that Roxxon is affiliated with The Hand, and one of Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock's first cases after law school involved a Roxxon employee who had been stricken with cancer after working at one of the company's plants. But while Roxxon has represented a slow-drip of menace in the MCU so far, Cloak and Dagger may truly drag it into the light.