'Cloak and Dagger' season 2: Will Mayhem be sidelined like in the comics or will there be more to O'Reilly's alter-ego?
'Cloak and Dagger' season 2: Mayhem in the comics is quite different from the character that we will be introduced to in the upcoming season.
'Cloak and Dagger' season 2 will pick up eight months after the events that occurred at Roxxon. While Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) have their own battles to face at this point, the character that we need to watch out for is that of Mayhem (Emma Lahana). She is detective Brigid O'Reilly's alter-ego who is born after Connors (JD Evermore) shoots her and pushes her into the river near one of the many outlets of the Roxxon rig which was infecting people with its energy. While she is assumed to be dead initially, at the end of the season we see O'Reilly crawl through wet dirt and emerge as Mayhem.
In the comics, Mayhem is born after O'Reilly dies at the hands of a police officer. She has the power to exude a green gas which can paralyze people and also work as a truth serum. Her power also includes flying and levitation. It must be noted that Dagger's light-knives dissolve when they come in contact with the gas. From the teaser that was released by Freeform featuring Mayhem, we can conclude that Mayhem may have a different set of skills in the tv series. In the show, Mayhem is a second personality and we see O'Reilly fight to keep control over herself because, unlike the comics, Mayhem is not interested just in helping Cloak and Dagger. She goes straight for the kill, and as long as it serves the purpose, Mayhem has no problem killing.
One of the featurettes that were released recently features O'Reilly telling that Mayhem is not her and it is Tandy who keeps reiterating that Mayhem is her. In the comic world, Mayhem is sidelined a lot and appears in a handful of issues. In the show, however, fans expect her to be Cloak and Dagger's Punisher, in the sense, she will serve as Tandy and Tyrone's moral compass and help them realize what kind of superhero they want to be. One of the trailers even strongly hints at this direction when Tandy is seen struggling to come to terms with taking the right course of action over taking Mayhem's route because they might not be able to save the girls who are victims of human trafficking.
The role that Mayhem would play in the upcoming season is also important because the show creator Joe Pokaski had earlier revealed that the second season would explore more about what's beneath the Cloak. The Darkforce that gives Tyrone the power to manipulate the Darkforce dimension. He had also revealed that the show will continue to explore Voodoo post the curse of divine pairing being broken by Tandy and Tyrone in season 1. O'Reilly's alter-ego will also have to make a decision about which side she will be on in the upcoming battle. Will she curb her thirst for violence and stand alongside Tandy and Tyrone in trying to help uncover the human trafficking ring or will she go her own way.
'Cloak and Dagger' season 2 will be aired on Freeform from April 4 and it will be a two-episode premiere with following episodes getting aired weekly. The first two episodes are titled 'Restless Energy' and 'White Lines' respectively.