Marvel is bringing a few more of its superheores to the small screen. ABC has given the green light for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, with a straight-to-series order on the Freefrom cable network (formerly ABC Family).
Variety reports new superhero series will be co-produced by Marvel Studios and ABC Signature Studios. There’s currently no writer attached, but a search is apparently underway. There has been no direct confirmation that Cloak and Dagger will be part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, though it stands to reason, since every live action Marvel show fits into the MCU at this point. But, yeah, still not officially confirmed.
Based on the Marvel comic characters of the same name, the “superhero love story” follows runaway teens Tyrone Johnson, aka Cloak, and Tandy Bowen, aka Dagger, who got their powers after surviving the forced injections of a synthetic heroin that turned them into superpowered people. Considering Freeform skews to the younger audience, it stands to reason the series will be taking some inspiration from the teenage Ultimate versions of Cloak and Dagger, who were part of the (short-lived) All-New Ultimates comic run a couple of years ago. Hmm, perhaps we'll see some other characters, like Bombshell, in supporting roles?
Created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan, Cloak and Dagger first appeared back in 1982 in the pages of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64 and the duo have since fought alongside Spider-Man (both of 'em), the X-Men and more. They even joined the Secret Avengers as part of Team Cap during the Civil War storyline. As noted above, the young heroes were also key players in the Ultimate universe, before Marvel axed it as part of the Secret Wars event.
Here’s how Variety describes Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger:
The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.
Check out some comic panels from the characters' Ultimate appearances below:
Cloak and Dagger will be Freeform’s first Marvel series. Big sister network ABC already has a few Marvel TV shows on its roster, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which was renewed for a fourth season), Agent Carter (which is currently on the bubble despite being AMAZING) and the upcoming spinoff series Marvel’s Most Wanted.
ABC also has a top-secret Marvel project from John Ridley in development, plus a comedy pilot titled Damage Control based on the comics of the same name. Other MCU TV properties include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders, all in various stages of production over at Netflix.