When Freeform obtained the rights to develop Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, I for one didn’t know what type of production value to expect. Formerly ABC Family, Freeform is a subsidiary of ABC Signature Studios, which then is owned by its parent company ABC Studios. This is all a long winded way to explain that Cloak & Dagger is still being brought to you by the same folks that produced Agent Carter and still run Agents of Shield. Mainly Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. So when I watched the show’s first trailer this morning and came away completely blindsided by how good it was – I shouldn’t have been surprised.
“The Story of Two Teenagers from Very Different Backgrounds.”
As the quote above states, the show features two teenagers from very different upbringings. Tandy Bowen (Dagger), comes from a privileged white family. While Tyrone Johnson (Cloak) is a runaway from Boston who meets Tandy in New York. There’s much more to it than that, obviously, but those are the comic character’s basic origins. The show heavily revolves around the teens romantic relationship with one another. One that is complicated by the powers they’ve seeming developed together in the past. Here’s the official description:
“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.”
Freeform has ordered 10 episodes for the series. The first of which, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), is scheduled to air in 2018. It’s likely the majority of the trailer’s footage comes from that first episode, which looks very good. Check it out for yourself below.