Early reactions to Freeform's Cloak and Dagger are very positive, praise leads

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Jun 18, 2018, 5:46 PM EDT (Updated)

The next Marvel show to hit the airwaves will be Cloak & Dagger on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). While it won't premiere until the summer, the first episode of the series was shown at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and the early reactions are quite positive. In particular, people are praising the performances of the two leads, Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, who portray Tandy Bowen (Dagger) and Tyrone Johnson (Cloak), respectively.

Created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan, the heroes first appeared in 1982's Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64. From there, they've shown up in everything from the original Runaways series to the first Marvel Civil War.

The show will focus on the two characters as teenagers who gain superpowers and form a romantic relationship with one another. In the comics, Cloak has the abilities of teleportation, intangibility, and the power to link to the "Darkforce Dimension." Meanwhile, Dagger can create "daggers" of light, purge addictions from people, and heal with her light daggers. It's also worth noting, "cloak-and-dagger" is a real-world phrase which means "pertaining to, characteristic of, or dealing in espionage or intrigue, especially of a romantic or dramatic kind."

Here are what some lucky fans had to say about the first episode, which debuts June 7 for the rest of us Average Joes. Even if some felt there was "nothing new" in the pilot, feelings about the show are nowhere near as negative as they were for the Inhumans TV show.