The MCU has gotten so large it is a bit hard to keep an overview of all the shows and films that are part of the ever-expanding franchise. Cloak & Dagger was announced around the same time as Runaways was but still won’t be released on Freeform until June 7th. As such, there hasn’t been much news on the show over the last few months but that seems to be changing, as Marvel officially released character profiles and pictures for the main cast of the show. This is quite the cast that even rivals Runaways which consisted of both the children and their parents as the main cast.
Let us start off with the two main leads, who will be the main focus of the show. The short descriptions already highlight the two worlds that they come from and teasing the major changes in their lives once they meet.
Tandy Bowen (played by Olivia Holt) was once privileged little girl, who watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event.
Tyrone Johnson (played by Aubrey Joseph) is young man who wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever.
Two detectives will also be part of the main cast and it seems that they might be investigating the main characters past and the backlash that may erupt from them learning to use their powers.
Detective Brigid O’Reilly (played by Emma Lahana) is accustomed to working in a man’s world but she isn’t looking to be “one of the guys”. Her New York sensibilities have hardened her from being too friendly or open, setting her apart from her Louisiana counterparts. Brigid believes in justice and doesn’t think that anyone should be above it, including other cops. Especially other cops.
Detective Connors (played by J.D. Evermore) is contradiction of a man. Connors embraces an intimidating persona that overcompensates for a secret he keeps close to the vest.
It seems that Tyrone will also have a strong father figure in Father Delgado. The description teases a past behind the man that may become a short story arc and make him an important ally for the couple.
Father Delgado (played by Jaime Zevallos) is constantly seeking redemption in spite of the fact that he’s not sure that he deserves it. As a school counselor and priest, Delgado is a rock to Ty. Oppressed by the collar, he leads more through words than example, as he still struggles daily with the life he has chosen.
A show about two teenagers going through a difficult time in their life will naturally include their parents. It is unsure if they will play a major part in the story or if they will act as the moral centers for the characters but they hopefully won’t be part of some Pride like in Runaways. The MCU has enough villainous parents as is.
Melissa Bowen (played by Andrea Roth) is the eternal optimist, despite struggles to adapt to her new existence. She’s complex and compromised, and often needs to fill her edges, but her love for her daughter burns brightly outside.
Otis Johnson (played by Miles Mussenden) trudges through his desk job to keep his family safe and happy. All while too-quietly mourners a loss. When he can, this working-class father does what he can to ensure his son Tyrone will grow up to be a man.
Adina Johnson (played by Gloria Reuben) invests every aspect of her being into giving her son the life she believes he deserves. But she props up and protects Tyrone so much she almost forgets to love him.
The show already has quite the cast but one more character is given a character profile and it is Tandy’s “boyfriend”. As he is described as her partner-in-crime, her meeting with Tyrone will most likely change his plans for her. As such, there is a good chance he will have an antagonistic role throughout the show alongside the already teased returning Roxxon Corporation.
Liam (played by Carl Lundstedt) is a salt-of-the-earth townie. Liam operates as Tandy’s partner in crime while moonlighting as her boyfriend. But underneath this rough-around-the-edges appearance, Liam has big dreams. All of them include Tandy.
What do you think of the cast? What are you hoping to see happen in the show?