Cloak & Dagger season 2's ending sets the stage for Marvel TV to pull off a Runaways crossover. After Marvel Studios took the world by storm with the culmination of Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2012's The Avengers, Marvel TV wanted to capitalize on the popularity however they could. They resurrected Phil Coulson to star in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the first TV show set within the MCU and then brought Hayley Atwell back to star in the short-lived Agent Carter. It wasn't long after that Netflix and Marvel TV teamed up to create four new series' that would then crossover in The Defenders.
ABC and Netflix weren't the only ones who wanted to get in on the Marvel action though, as Hulu then moved forward with Runaways and Freeform got involved with Cloak & Dagger. Throughout it all, Marvel TV's motto has been #ItsAllConnected, whether that pertains to the shows connecting to the MCU movies or even to each other. There have been small instances of this happening, such as Cloak & Dagger's reference to Luke Cage, but with so many different networks or streaming services involved, there has yet to be a real crossover beyond the Netflix-verse and small crossover between the ABC properties.
One crossover that gets teased the most though is for Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) from Cloak & Dagger and the ensemble from Runaways to meet up. The characters have a past together in the comics, and with both of them being teen-centric shows, it feels like a natural progression. Fans aren't the only ones hoping for this, as it has been teased by Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb and stars of both shows. And, thanks to Cloak & Dagger's season 2 finale, it may now be possible.
What Happened In Cloak & Dagger Season 2 Finale
The main story of Cloak & Dagger season 2 revolved around Tandy and Ty trying to stop a sex trafficking ring in their hometown of New Orleans. They learn that a man known as D'Spayre is the one responsible for taking the girls and make it their mission to stop him. This proves to be more difficult than they imagined thanks to his abilities to feed on the despair of anyone he comes into contact with. It takes some time, but the Divine Pairing eventually can defeat him after breaking free of the trances they were put in. D'Spayre's defeat cleanses New Orleans from him but also marks an end for this part of Tandy and Ty's journey. The city is as safe as they can make it, and after saving local girls, the young heroes want to go someplace new to try and save more.
Tandy and Ty decide that now is the time to move on from New Orleans and get a fresh start somewhere else, together. They receive intel from Brigid O'Reilly (Emma Lahana) on a case from another part of the country where girls have been found dead on the beach. Cloak & Dagger doesn't directly say what their destination is, only that Tandy has never been anywhere other than New Orleans before, while Ty has said he's never been where they are going. The vagueness of where Tandy and Ty are going could be because they are still finalizing plans for season 3 and want to leave some wiggle room to change the location on the fly, but it is just as easy to interpret this as set up for a crossover with Runaways.
How Cloak & Dagger Season 2's Finale Sets Up A Runaways Crossover
Of all the possible Marvel TV crossover combinations, one between Cloak & Dagger and Runaways has consistently been the one to be brought up as a real possibility. Given all of this prior talk, the Cloak & Dagger season 2 finale not confirming their destination feels intentional, and at the very least leaves the door open for a crossover to happen. The Runaways are based out of Los Angeles, California, which has plenty of beaches nearby that Tandy and Ty could soon visit.
Additionally, the mention of girls found dead on the beach could be a further clue of a Cloak & Dagger and Runaways crossover, as part of the plot for Runaways season 1 was about Destiny Gonzalez washing up on the beach after Jonah killed her. With the Gibborim now in control of the bodies of several parents, it is possible that they are responsible for killing the girls who Tandy and Ty are investigating. If this is the case, then the Runaways could be searching for the same answers.
Will A Cloak & Dagger/Runaways Crossover Happen?
With a few different seeds planted in the Cloak & Dagger season 2 finale for a crossover with Runaways, the big question is if it will actually. That is far from clear at this point, as there are a variety of factors that would need to be sorted out before a crossover could go down. While Marvel TV is involved with both shows, they air on entirely different channels, at different times, and in various methods. Getting Freeform and Hulu to work together on a crossover may be easier now that Disney has full control over both, but the other complications are more challenging to work out.
If a Cloak & Dagger crossover with Runaways is wanted, the logical approach would be for the upcoming seasons of both to each get an episode with added star power. Should Marvel work this out with Freeform and Hulu, the difficulty could come with how it is presented. Hulu moved Runaways to the binging release strategy for season 2, but Freeform releases new Cloak & Dagger episodes weekly - and both of the shows have premiered at different times in the year. Ideally, a crossover would be structured so the crossover episodes can be seen in the same timeframe - similar to the Arrowverse's events - giving Marvel the chance to do cross-promotion. These problems would be avoidable if it is just a single episode crossover for one of the shows, but then it would be up to Marvel to determine which one gets the increased viewership and attention.
At this point, it is impossible to tell whether or not a Cloak & Dagger and Runaways crossover will happen, but this tease will undoubtedly leave fans of both shows hoping that it does. Should it happen, then this could open the door for more synergy between the various arms of Marvel TV.