Marvel already has TV shows on ABC and Netflix, with some X-Men related co-productions in the works at Fox and FX. But landing a show at the former ABC Family network is arguably the most head-scratching move. So, what’s up with Cloak & Dagger?
If you’re unfamiliar, the story follows Cloak (Tyrone "Ty" Johnson) and Dagger (Tandy Bowen), two star-crossed teens who fall in love despite being from different sides of the tracks. A kidnapping and some human experimentation later, and the duo have superpowers. It’s a story of young love, mixed in with social undertones and comic book fun — which kind of explains how it landed at the newly rebranded Freeform.
When looking at the material, Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb said it seemed like a natural fit for the demographic:
“It’s a love story that happens to have characters that have always traditionally been in that age group. It’s not like we took something and made it into a YA. It speaks to a YA audience and is a YA property. Would I do Punisher on Freeform? I don’t think that’s going to connect the same way.”
The characters were launched in the 1980s and have popped up in the main Marvel Comics universe in different roles over the years, and were also major players towards the end of the Ultimate universe. If we had to guess, it’d stand to reason the TV series might draw some inspiration from the Ultimate take on the characters. Just a hunch.
So, yeah. Think Pretty Little Liars, but with superpowers. Hmm …