When ABC Family rebranded itself as Freeform, that meant a change in the tone and style of the original series it was producing. The shows that survived that crossover included Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but as of now the channel is still trying things out, finding its niche somewhere between the social justice commentary of MTV and the teenage soap operas of The CW. Their newest original series, Famous in Love starring Bella Thorne, looks pretty terrible. However, another Freeform original – Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – has the potential to actually be good.
First introduced in a 1982 Spider-Man comic – with an eventual standalone comic launching in October of 1983 – Cloak and Dagger are a pair of interracial lovers with amazing abilities – Cloak has the power of teleportation and has a connection to an alternate dimension called the Darkforce, while Dagger is able to harness the power of light as both a weapon and a healing ability. The only reason I bring up race is because the series seems to be putting a lot of focus on that aspect of their relationship. Tyrone “Cloak” Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) is a young black man who faces the threat of police violence in his everyday life, while Tandy “Dagger” Bowen (Olivia Holt) is a white woman who must combat the harassment and sexual violence against women that is all too common in the world today.
Judging by the trailer, which runs just a little longer than 90 seconds, you might not even know it’s a Marvel show until the clip’s final moments, and it’ll be interesting to see how Freeform and Marvel collaborate to ground the show in real world politics while incorporating the unique superpowers that have made these two heroes such a hit over the last thirty years. Check out the teaser below and decide for yourself, but it seems like Freeform might have a television blockbuster on their hands.
While no release date has been confirmed, Cloak & Dagger is set to premiere on Freeform sometime in 2018.
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