SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Call/Response,” the latest episode of Cloak & Dagger.
Cloak & Dagger just reinvented an important piece of Tyrone Johnson's mythology: the origin of his costume. In "Call/Response," the latest episode, Tyrone's father Otis revealed he is part of the Mardi Gras Indians and invited his son to join. At the organization's headquarters, Tyrone selected a costume for himself -- one which just happened to be a black cloak.
Midway through the episode, Otis discovered Tyrone stole his bolt cutters. When they got into an argument over it, Otis ordered Tyrone to follow him and took him for a ride in the car. On the way to their mysterious location, Otis told him, "Now look here. Don't say a word to no one unless somebody asks you something first."
When they arrived, Tyrone was surprised to encounter a backyard teeming with people who were laughing and playing music. The group went silent as soon as they caught a glimpse of Otis and his son. Then, to Tyrone's consternation, Otis burst into song, which got a response from the "Big Chief" of the "Red Hawks." After a faux showdown, Otis and Big Chief embraced. With that, Tyrone and Otis were welcomed into the fold.
Venturing inside the building, Tyrone discovered walls lined with newspaper clippings and costumes, only to see a photo of his late brother Billy. "He was getting trained up to be the next Spy Boy," Big Chief explained. "The Spy Boy travels fast, across great distances. He runs out into the unknown, unprotected, where nobody can see him, looking for trouble so we all know what's coming."
According to the Mardi Gras New Orleans website, "On Mardi Gras Day, if you're lucky enough to see some of the Mardi Gras Indians, the first Indian you're likely to see is the Spy Boy. His job places him ahead of the Big Chief's procession. Each Spy Boy has a method to signal potential trouble or approaching rival Indian tribes... with dancing, whooping, hollering and hand language. His observations are communicated to the Big Chief who, in return, sends a set of directions and instructions back down the parade procession."