SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Luke Cage Season 2, now streaming on Netlix.
It's official: Cloak & Dagger definitely shares the same corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Luke Cage. In the Season 2 episode "If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right," the Netflix series referenced a key character from the freshman Freeform show, in what might be Marvel Netflix's first mention of a Marvel TV series outside its own network. As it turns out, Luke Cage characters Misty Knight and Nandi Tyler know Cloak & Dagger's Brigid O'Reilly.
Following the death of Captain Tom Ridenhour, Misty visited in his former office. There, she discovered he had kept her badge and gun, though she had turned them in when she quit in an earlier episode. As she struggled to maintain her composure, Nandi joined her. Nandi revealed that Ridenhour had never told anyone Misty quit. What's more, considering Ridenhour's death and the departure of a few other detectives, Nandi was sure Misty would be back.
"Inspector West called. Callahan is in Maui, and O'Reilly moved to New Orleans," Nandi explained. "None of them know you quit. West said until One Police Plaza sends somebody else, you're the highest ranking detective here. You're in charge."
The mention of O'Reilly here is, of course, paramount. Considering Cloak & Dagger takes place in New Orleans, it seems very likely that the O'Reilly namedropped on Luke Cage is the same character that appears in the flesh on Cloak & Dagger. What's more, on Cloak & Dagger, O'Reilly's coworkers have made it abundantly clear she is from out of town.
In "Stained Glass," Cloak & Dagger's third episode, Detective Connors taunted O'Reilly with the fact she isn't from New Orleans. "I thought the NYPD only hired the best and brightest," he said. When he told her she owed him a beer, he added, "Make sure it's none of that Brooklyn hipster shit."
At this point in Cloak & Dagger, O'Reilly hasn't specified where exactly she transferred from. Luke Cage Season 2, however, establishes she worked in Harlem. It's possible, then, that she has past experience with enhanced individuals like Luke Cage, which may prepare her to work with Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson. Considering this major reference, we might even hear her refer to the events of Luke Cage in a future Cloak & Dagger episode. Regardless, Luke Cage proves once again that the MCU is all connected.
Streaming now on Netflix, Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 stars Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Alfre Woodard, Theo Rossi, Mustafa Shakir, Gabrielle Dennis, Rosario Dawson and Reg E. Cathey.
Airing Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT on Freeform, Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt as Tandy Bowen/Dagger and Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone Johnson/Cloak, as well as Andrea Roth as Tandy’s mother Melissa Bowen, Gloria Reuben as Tyrone’s mother Adina Johnson, Miles Mussenden as Tyrone’s father Michael Johnson, Carl Lundstedt as Tandy’s partner in crime Liam, James Saito as Dr. Bernard Sanjo and J.D. Evermore as Detective Connors.