Before the Marvel TV series empire was a thing, virtually ever fan-list of possible of comic book to TV series adaptations contained one entry: Cloak and Dagger. And now that the perennial potential contender is becoming a reality as Variety reports that it has been given a straight-to-series order by Freeform (formerly ABC Family).
In the comics, Cloak and Dagger are Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowden respectively. Both are runaways living on the streets of New York, with Tandy being the daughter of a wealthy family who completely neglects her and Tyrone having fled his hometown after his accidental involvement in a friend’s death. The pair meet on the streets, become close friends, and even spark up a romance, before their desperation leads them to be lured into a dodgy drug test with an evil scientist, the unexpected side effects of which grants them superpowers. Tyrone becomes a living portal for something called the Dark Zone, which he can use to teleport/trap himself and others. Tandy is able to manipulate light, most notably forming tangible blades of light which she can fight with. The pair would grow up to become mainstays in the Marvel universe for years, teaming up with numerous heroes and having their own title for years. They would also appears in Disney’s animated Marvel shows like Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
As the Disney owned Freeform is geared towards more youth-oriented content, their Cloak and Dagger adaptation will be following suit accordingly though. In this version, the characters will still be in their early teens and besides for their heroic adventures, the series will also be a “superhero love story”. The show will see the duo “quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging”.
It’s not every day that we get a romantic teen superhero drama series featuring an interracial couple, so this will definitely be something to keep an eye on when it releases. Just when that is, is still uncertain though as Freeform/ABC have yet tap a writer for the gig or even start the casting process. It’s also uncertain if this will occupy the main Marvel Cinematic Universe like all their other shows, but I would be willing to hazard a guess that it will. Who knows, if this is successful then much like Marvel have used ABC to develop their mainstream fare and Netflix for their more gritty, mature properties, Freeform may just become their new home for more teen-skewed properties. Can anybody say Runaways or Young Avengers TV series?
Last Updated: April 8, 2016
April 8, 2016 at 17:37
“Tandy is able to manipulate late,”
Can’t imagine a super power of late ever being useful … and also if that was a super power then I am a super hero. 🙂
April 11, 2016 at 14:24
That has to be one of the most impractical costumes for a woman I have ever seen.