Well, for those of you who may not have had a chance to binge-watch the excellent (better than Season 1, in my opinion) Season 2 of ‘Luke Cage‘ this past weekend, there was a name dropped in one of the episodes that fans immediately jumped on as it established a connection between ‘Luke Cage’ and Freeform’s ‘Cloak and Dagger,’ the first real connection we had seen between one of the Netflix MCU shows and another Marvel TV show that existed on another network.
In the episode, Misty Knight and Nandi Tyler are talking about former colleagues, and Nandi comments that “Callahan is in Maui, and O’Reilly moved to New Orleans.” Which was pretty awesome all by itself because we had already met O’Reilly on ‘Cloak and Dagger’ (which takes place in New Orleans), and it gave us some backstory to her character, and made her a little bit cooler knowing that she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Misty Knight while in New York. Of course, what made the whole thing even better was that following the release of ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2, on this week’s episode of ‘Cloak and Dagger,’ O’Reilly talks about her past a few times, and mentions that she is from Harlem, directly confirming the link between the two shows. The timing was perfect on this one, and you got to hand it to Marvel for that, as it has been some time before we saw them really take advantage of their old mantra “It’s All Connected,” but this was a great, if subtle, nod to the continuity between all of its shows.
Of course, the only issue I have is the timeline of these things, as the Netflix MCU has been repeatedly said to be behind the regular MCU (by at least a few years), especially since so many of their shows happen one right after the other, with little time in-between in the universe. So does this mean that ‘Cloak and Dagger’ will forever be stuck a few years back as well, in order to keep up the fact that O’Reilly “recently” moved to New Orleans? And is there a chance these shows deliberately are behind the MCU because they are still figuring out what to do about “the snap” and whether that will end up affecting the characters on their shows? (something that ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ pretty much ignored at the end of their 5th Season)
It’s a lot to consider, but in the end, I still do appreciate the overlapping continuity, and the way ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Cloak and Dagger’ found a way to link and show they are part of the same world, even if we never actually see those characters on screen together. But if that does ever happen, at least we know where the groundwork was first laid down.