As Marvel Studios continues to dominate the box office, they are also standing out on the small screen too with Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and soon spin-off series Most Wanted on ABC, plus the Netflix series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and soon enough Luke Cage and Iron Fist. With the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe now on two networks, the studio is making a play for a third by introducing new characters to a new audience. Marvel is now looking at launching a new series on the old ABC Family, home of such offerings as Pretty Little Liars, with a series about two misunderstood teen heroes that will be right at home there.
It has now been reported that newly rebranded network Freeform has ordered a series about cult-favorite characters Cloak and Dagger. The show, like the comic, will follow teenagers Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen, also known as Cloak and Dagger, who come from completely different backgrounds, but both gain complimentary super-powers through the same experimental drug. Dagger has the ability to create “light daggers”, and Cloak’s body is a conduit to the “Darkforce Dimension,” which allows him the ability of teleportation. There has been no confirmation if the origin of their powers will change from them being “mutates,” (mutants-ish basically) which do not exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The series is described as an “interracial romance story” as Cloak and Dagger learn to live together, love together, and fight crime together. On top of that, fans of the comic know that they’re kind of stuck with each other as Cloak is required to “feed” off of light energy, which Dagger would be able to provide for him. The two are teenagers, which is the perfect demographic for the network, and the interconnectedness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe might leave the door open for guest stars from other Marvel TV shows as well.
The show has been in development since 2011 when Marvel TV was beginning to take form. So far no actors have been cast nor has a showrunner been identified, but all that is subject to change soon enough as the show is skipping the pilot phase and going straight to series.
We’ll have more news about Cloak and Dagger as it becomes available.