Earlier this week a few sources had suggested that Marvel were ready to take their TV universe to the next stage in 2017. Speculation leant that some of their less known characters such as She-Hulk, Cloak and Dagger, Elektra and Bullseye follow The Defenders. What, no Moon Knight?!
Well, it looks like at least one of those properties is making its way to the small screen: Cloak and Dagger.
It’s another risk for Marvel as very few people outside the comics community know who these extraordinary characters are and this show will be prove an opportunity for Marvel to market them back into the mainstream and public awareness.
A twisted romance story of sorts sees privileged and wealthy girl Tandy Bowen runaway from home and find herself on the street with another teenage delinquent Tyrone Johnson. They become close friends and protect each other. They are forcibly subjected to an experimental drug which awakens their latent mutant powers. Johnson falls into an eternal darkness and craves light to ease the pain which Tandy offers him in from her own abilities to create shards of light. Taking to the streets as superheroes they declared war on drug crimes, dealers and other runaways.
They teamed up on several occasions with Spider-Man, the New Mutants and the X-Men.
It is not yet known if the show will take place within the current Marvel cinematic/television universe as this show will be aired recently renamed Freeform TV channel (formerly ABC Family) but still under the Disney banner.
C&D’s history of dark powers, dark fights and even darker villains means that it would have fitted very well into Netflix’s ethos and gritty stories. Alas, what we do know so far is that the story will be set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.
Cloak and Dagger made their first appearance in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982), created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan.