What will the story of Cloak & Dagger season 2 be? Season 1 of the MCU show has come to a triumphant close, and with it one major plot thread - the idea of the "Divine Pairing" - has apparently been resolved. After several episodes of setup that stressed one of the two would have to die in order to save New Orleans, the season finale showed the heroes dodge that particular bullet. Tandy and Tyrone refused to accept their fate, and instead united their powers in one spectacular moment.
At first glance, this seems like something to celebrate. The curse of the Divine Pairing has apparently been broken, and now the two heroes can work side-by-side. Even better, their powers appear to have subtly changed; they're shown still in physical contact, when before any attempt to touch one another had resulted in a devastating flare of power. Given the sparks that have been flying between the two, it really looks as though the teens' decision to reject their destiny has opened up a whole new future for them both.
But the Divine Pairing is too important, too fundamental a plot thread to be dismissed so easily. The concept is sure to return in season 2 - and here, we explore two ways that could be the case.
- This Page: What is the Divine Pairing?
- Page 2: What Happens Next with the Divine Pairing?
Cloak & Dagger's Divine Pairing Explained
The last few years have seen Marvel Television truly learn the importance of location in a good TV show. In 2015, Daredevil season 1 treated Hell's Kitchen as a character in its own right, and received popular and critical acclaim for doing so. Marvel doubled down on that approach with Luke Cage, which delved into the history and heritage of Luke's beloved Harlem. Cloak & Dagger showrunner Joe Pokaski has apparently decided this is just the right approach to take with a superhero series. By grounding it in a concrete location, the fantastical elements of the superhero world become all the more real, and the larger-than-life struggles of super-powered individuals really become metaphors for our own daily battles.
The Divine Pairing is the plot device Pokaski has used to ground Tandy and Tyrone's struggles in the reality of New Orleans. There's a certain duality to the Vodun religion that's typically associated with New Orleans, with some of the Loa deliberately bound together as mystical pairings. Marvel decided to extend that, creating a tradition that, at each crisis point in New Orleans's history, two people would be chosen as potential saviors for the city. When disaster struck, one of these would be destined to die, a sacrifice that would somehow end the catastrophe.
The Cloak & Dagger season finale, "Colony Collapse," included a number of flashback scenes that helped establish the history of the Divine Pairing. The first showed two Choctaw children, one of whom sacrificed herself in order to end a famine. In 1793, one brother deliberately chose to allow himself to be killed in a duel and a deadly storm abated. Fast-forward to 1812, a messenger carrying news that the war has ended died before his message is passed on, but a young woman continued his journey to stop the war. The final flashback showed the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918, with a doctor's passive immunization bringing an end to the epidemic. Marvel has carefully woven the idea of the Divine Pairing into real historical events: a strong storm really did strike New Orleans in 1793, devastating rural sections of the province; the Battle of New Orleans really did take place after the Treaty of Ghent was signed; and the Spanish Influenza outbreak did strike New Orleans, only to miraculously disappear with unprecedented speed. It's reasonable to assume that, in the MCU, Hurricane Katrina's wrath was also abated by a Divine Pairing back in 2004. Of course, considering that too recent and the scars too fresh, Marvel avoided explicitly making that connection; Cloak and Dagger do transport themselves to the roof of the Lousiana Superdome, though. This was the "shelter of last resort" in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, so there is a subtle and implicit link there.
Cloak and Dagger, then, are presented as the latest Divine Pairing. Roxxon has been attempting to tap into the mysterious power that lies beneath New Orleans (most likely the Darkforce). They've been cutting corners, and the pressure is building. Should the valves blow, nightmarish energy will flood the city, transforming people into mindless, fear-fueled "Terrors." This is the disaster that Cloak and Dagger seem destined to bring to an end. Unlike previous Divine Pairings, however, they're made aware of their role and reject it outright. Dagger refuses to leave Cloak to turn off the valves, knowing that he will die. Instead, she fights her way to his side, and the two unite their powers to dispel the energy affecting New Orleans. It looks as though Cloak and Dagger have broken the curse of the Divine Pairing, with neither making the final, fatal sacrifice.