Marvel Studios and Freeform have just released the first trailer for their upcoming young adult series Cloak & Dagger, based on the cult favorite Marvel comic. The comic followed Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers who acquire super-powers and form an unlikely but deep partnership as the urban vigilantes Cloak & Dagger.
The characters were created in 1982 by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan, and were designed to reflect some of the dark concerns of the time; Tandy and Tyrone were abused homeless runaways taken advantage of and wrapped up in the drug-based crime wave of the early 1980s. The duo have enjoyed sporadic success over the decades, often appearing in critically acclaimed stories that struggled to find sales numbers. Still, they remain a fan favourite and as such have rarely been absent for long.
The series is the first in a partnership between Marvel Studios and fellow Disney subsidiary Freeform (formerly ABC Family) to develop properties that will hopefully appeal to young adult viewers and tap that ever-lucrative market. Joe Pokaski, a former story editor on the TV series “Heroes” as well as a writer on some Marvel Comics, is acting as show runner, while Aubrey Joseph is starring as Tyrone and Olivia Holt stars as Tandy. The cast also includes Andrea Roth (“Rescue Me”) and Gloria Rueben (“ER”, “Mr. Robot”).
If the trailer below is anything to go by, Cloak & Dagger will feature all of the atmosphere, drama and angst that a young adult series requires, and I don’t mean that as a slight. When done well, young adult stories deliver engrossing melodrama like almost no other genre. The trailer shows us likable and engaging actors, an assured and interesting visual aesthetic and rightly minimizes the super-heroics in favor of character. I found myself intrigued by the look and feel of the show, and am looking forward to seeing it debut in 2018.
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