Runaways and Cloak & Dagger are finally getting the crossover episode fans have clamored for since both shows' respective launches. On paper, teaming up Cloak and Dagger with the Runways seems like a perfect fit. After all, Tandy and Tyrone have always had a soft spot for runaway kids, especially considering they were themselves. However, the relationship between the two teams actually has roots in the comics, dating back to the earliest issues of Runaways.

In Runaways issues #11-12, the kids have a run-in with Cloak and Dagger. Similarly to the show, the kids' evil parents, the Pride, frame them for murder. Due to the Pride's widespread influence, they have their own operatives in the police department, like Lieutenant Flores. Flores calls in Cloak and Dagger to help him find the Runways, claiming they kidnapped Molly Hayes and are wanted for murder. Naturally, Tandy and Tyrone agree to help, citing their own experiences as runaway kids.

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Flores reports back to Pride, telling them he figured the best way to catch superpowered runaway teens was by hiring other superpowered former-runaways. However, Pride is unhappy about Flores hiring vigilantes and takes matters into their own hands, vowing to track down the kids themselves.

Cloak and Dagger run into the Runaways as they're stopping two boys from vandalizing property. The duo attacks, thinking that they're merely protecting Molly from her captors. Cloak envelops Karolina and Chase into his cape, then takes out Nico and Alex. However, he notes that he sensed "no stain of blood on their souls," leading them to wonder if they could have been misled. Gert and Molly interrupt their moment of introspection, demanding they give back their friends. As the fight rages on, Molly begs Tyrone to let the others free and when he refuses, she rips the cloak off his body, reverting him back to his human form.

Gert yells at the duo, informing them the police lied. Additionally, she tells Cloak and Dagger about Pride. With the truth revealed, the groups have a new problem on their hands: how to free the other Runaways that Cloak enveloped. Tyrone reveals that, when the cloak was ripped off him, his  connection to the other kids was severed, rendering them effectively "lost." Because her powers have a purifying quality, Tandy is able to restore Tyrone's connection to them by shooting her beams at Tyrone. It works, and the rest of the Runaways are freed -- but they're pissed.

Later, the Runaways, Cloak and Dagger civilly discuss. Tyrone declares they aren't safe in LA, so they should come live with him and Tandy in New York. The team refuses. The two groups part ways, and Tandy wishes the kids the best. Molly gives a big thank you to Cloak and "Dazzler." Due to their connections with the Avengers, Cloak and Dagger promise the Runaways they will enlist the help of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in taking down the pride. However, that doesn't happen. Pride shows up and knocks out Cloak and Dagger. Memories from the meeting are then removed from the two heroes.

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The duo returns in the Runaways' second series for issues #10-12. When Cloak is framed for attacking Dagger and rendering her comatose, he goes to the Runaways for assistance. He explains that the Pride knocked him unconscious after they left and that was the reason he never had a chance to get the Avengers' help. With all the superheroes in New York tracking him down, he can't fully investigate and needs the Runaways to help to clear his name. Eventually, the kids agree, and he transports them to his hometown. More specifically, he brings them to his safe haven at the church with Father Lantom.

The Runaways split up to solve the case. Molly is left at the church with Father Lantom while Victor and Gert end up running into Spider-Man, who is also tracking down Tyrone. Nico and Chase meet Pusher Man, who reveals he was selling mutant growth hormone on the street. Soon after, the team is able to deduce that Dagger's creepy orderly, Reginald Mantz, was behind her attack, using the mutant growth hormone to impersonate Cloak.

Mantz declares he fell in love with Dagger the first time he saw her picture in the Daily Bugle and had to have her. As Nico, Chase, Victor and Gert race to the hospital, the Avengers are also hit with the realization that Tyrone was innocent. A battle ensues, and the Runaways take out a drugged-up Mantz. Afterward, Dagger wakes up and Tyrone informs her that their friends helped them, affectionately referring to the Runaways.

Although it's not known at this time just how the crossover during Runaways Season 3 will play out, Cloak and Dagger play an important role for the Runaways in the comics, with the more established team helping to situate the teenagers in the wider Marvel Universe. The appearance itself also helped to bring Cloak and Dagger to a newer generation of comics fans after a relatively fallow period in the duo's history. The team-up is definitely a memorable part of the Runaways journey, so there's no reason to doubt the same won't be true of this next gathering of heroes.

Streaming now on Hulu, Marvel’s Runaways stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Angel Parker, Ryan Sans, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Brigid Brannagh, Kevin Weisman, Brittany Ishibashi and James Yaegashi. The series returns for its third season on Dec. 13, with all 10 episodes of the season released simultaneously.

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