Marvel already has a large presence on the small screen, with ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, along with four Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the upcoming Luke Cage and Iron Fist). Variety reports that another one of the studio's comic book properties, Cloak and Dagger, has been given a straight-to-series order on Freeform, the cable network formerly known as ABC Family. The show will bypass the traditional pilot phase with this series order, but it isn't known how many episodes we're getting in this first season.
Cloak and Dagger will be based on the romantic comic book series of the same name, which follows the title characters, also known as Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson. The story tracks these teenage characters from much different backgrounds who become connected when they gain mysterious new super powers, while they start to fall for each other. Tandy has the ability to shoot "light daggers," while Tyrone can "engulf others in darkness." The duo soon learn that they're better off sticking together, despite their romantic feelings for one another complicating matters.
Marvel and Freeform haven't found a writer to adapt the comic book quite yet, but the search is currently under way, with Marvel Studios and ABC Signature Studios set to produce the TV series. The story will be targeted towards young adults, which fits perfectly within Freeform's 14-34 demographic. The show may provide a nice companion to the network's Shadowhunters, Freeform's first foray into the fantasy genre, based on The Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare. That show was recently picked up for a second season.
Oddly enough, ABC Family was said to be developing a Cloak and Dagger series way back in 2010, which would have followed the title character's adventures throughout New Orleans, but that never came to fruition. When Marvel Studios was first formed, the studio hinted that this comic book could be developed into a feature film, but that also never happened. It isn't known when production will begin on the new series, or when it may premiere. No casting has been announced at this time.
Cloak and Dagger was created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan, first appearing in the comic Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man. Cloak and Dagger have also appeared in several different comics such as X-Men, the Runaways, Doctor Strange and even the first Civil War comics. Are you looking forward to Cloak and Dagger coming to the small screen on Freeform?