Speaking at the Cloak & Dagger panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, the cast and producers confirmed that Marvel's latest show has been renewed for a second season. Cloak & Dagger is the latest Marvel TV show, a dramatic series that stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as the titular heroes.
The characters were originally created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan back in 1982, and Marvel has long had plans to bring them into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. Those ambitions were finally fulfilled when Marvel Television partnered with Freeform on a dark, atmospheric young-adult series set in New Orleans.
Marvel is clearly proud of Cloak & Dagger, a beautifully atmospheric series that has the nerve to explore deep social issues. As such, Marvel Television chose to put on a panel at San Diego Comic-Con this week - and most viewers guessed what that meant. As expected, Marvel announced that the show had been renewed for a second season, which will premiere in spring 2019.
Just announced at #MarvelSDCC, "Marvel's @CloakAndDagger" is returning to @FreeformTV for Season 2 in Spring 2019! Art designed by artists @Mike2112McKone and @aburtov. #CloakAndDagger pic.twitter.com/7nxO88Z2Re— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 21, 2018
Cloak & Dagger is a unique series, using the characters of Tandy and Tyrone to explore real-world issues such as race and sexual assault. Major character arcs have included Tyrone's struggle to deal with a cop shooting his brother dead eight years ago, or Tandy's learning how dangerous how powers really can be when she defended herself from an attempted rape. Marvel has always sought to set their superhero adventures in "the world outside your window," and with Cloak & Dagger, they've succeeded. The series wears its MCU canonicity on its sleeve, with liberal nods to already-explored concepts like the Darkforce, or the dangerous company Roxxon. Many viewers are eager to see the show tie into Hulu's Runaways, another teen-centric Marvel series. Over in the comics, Cloak and Dagger actually made a cameo in the Runaways book.
Showrunner Joe Pokaski had recently started talking about a possible second season, even suggesting he'd already planted the seeds for a classic Cloak & Dagger villain - the dark sorcerer who calls himself Mr. Jip. Crucially, Mr. Jip would potentially link Cloak & Dagger to the actual movies. In the comics, he was actually a rogue student of the Ancient One, who learned the secret of immortality by transferring his spirit from vessel to vessel. He becomes a dangerous for Tandy and Tyrone when he senses that Cloak could become a permanent, stable host for his tainted soul. It's too soon to say how comic-book-accurate Cloak & Dagger's portrayal of this villain will be. But with season 2 now officially on the cards, viewers can look forward to finding out.