Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger: Who Is Mayhem? (Spoilers Ahead!) | #CloakAndDagger


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The season finale of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger was last night and it blew me away. Full warning, this article has some minor spoilers. Minor meaning what I am going to touch on is a big deal – for Season 2. It will give away a character we lost in this episode and touch on a new one that was introduced. So if you have not seen this episode yet and want to go in to it completely in the dark, stop reading now. If not, keep on going.

Detective O'Reilly revealed as Mayhem in Marvel's Cloak & Dagger

MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER – Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” stars Emma Lahana as Detective O’Reilly. (Freeform/Frank Ockenfels)

O’Rielly No Longer

At the end of Cloak & Dagger we see Connors shoot (and presumably kill) Detective O’Reilly. Then, at the very end, the stinger if you will, we see her emerge from the lake looking, well, different. She has crazy eyes and was obviously infected with whatever Roxxon has been drilling for. I knew immediately that this was a big deal. But, as I have admitted in the past, I know nothing about Cloak & Dagger from the comics. All I know about them is what we see in the big crossover events. Nope, I have never given their stand alone comics a chance. But I have a feeling all of that will change now.


Who is Mayhem?

A quick Google search of the name O’Rielly brought me right to a lot of information about a character from the comics – Mayhem. Her backstory reveals that she was indeed a detective that learned to trust Cloak & Dagger. In the comics, the divine pairing gets their powers from some pharmaceutical company’s experiments. And in the comics, O’Reilly goes to investigate one of their warehouses. She is exposed to a gas and then dies. Cloak & Dagger find her and use their darkness and light to try to revive it. It appears unsuccessful, but she then reemerges as Mayhem.

Her powers? She exudes a gas from her pores that have a paralyzing and hypnotic effect. It seems like Mayhem is a very gray character – not so black and white. She is a villain and a vigilante. I have a feeling she will be a major part of Season 2 – and I cannot wait for it.

What Cloak & Dagger comics should I read to get a background on Mayhem?

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