Freeform Greenlights Marvel Romance Superhero Series ‘Cloak and Dagger’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Freeform is venturing into the Marvel universe.

The younger-skewing Disney-owned network has greenlit “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger” with a straight-to-series order, Variety has exclusively learned.

Described as a superhero love story, “Cloak and Dagger” is based on the titular comic book duo (also known as Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson) who have appeared in Marvel Comics classics, including “Spiderman” and “X-Men” stories.

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The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — 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.

No writer has been attached to the series, but the search is currently under way. Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios will co-produce.

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The characters’ story is targeted toward young adults, making “Cloak and Dagger” a seamless fit for Freeform (previously ABC Family) whose target audience is “Becomers,” the 14-34 demo.

Marking the network’s first-ever Marvel series, Freeform is following in the footsteps of big sister net ABC, which has a slew of Marvel properties on its slate including “Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter,” plus Mockingbird spinoff “Marvel’s Most Wanted” and a top-secret Marvel project from John Ridley in development. Getting Freeform into the Marvel game is a smart move for Disney-ABC, as the cable network is held to lower ratings standards than a big broadcast network. (ABC has struggled with ratings for “Agent Carter,” which remains on the bubble in the wake of critical praise.)

Superhero fare is a new genre for Freeform, which recently pushed into fantasy fare with “Shadowhunters.” That drama was just renewed for a second season, and “Cloak and Dagger” will pair nicely with the saga series, broadening the net’s programming.

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  1. Doro626 says:

    They hinted at Cloaks power in the final season of Agent Carter.

  2. Blazer Powell says:

    I would love to be a part of this show.

  3. Brent Schneider says:

    I heard this is such a sudden move they don’t even have a writer yet for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. I would love to be a writer; even have a pilot that I wrote months ago.

  4. Barry Harden says:

    Well they were bound to release this series to appease a certain community.

    Pretty sure BET will also pick this up.

  5. Chattty One says:

    While not “super hero” in terms of comic book, but I’d say ABC Family has had at least one show within the genre of adventures of person with powers before. Chloe King.

  6. Emily says:

    She’s not going to have that gross costume, is she? Distrubing they would draw a teenager to be a busty looking grown woman in a skin tight outfit. But then again, almost all comics do that so nothing new really.

    • Chattty One says:

      Marvel has a strange time sense. They introduce a lot of characters as “teen heroes” and a lot of them are in this form to be mentored. Some eventually seemingly get the upgrade to “young adult” where they are more independent and get more adult figures but still aren’t say as old as the people that mentored them.

      At this point C&D are in their “young adult” stage so that drawing I would say should put them in their like early 20s or so. But most “young adults” are never going to get the “adult” upgrade, so they’ll probably be drawn like that for the rest of their comic existence.

      This show will probably put them around the teen ages they were at the get/go. But also on the animated shows Dagger’s chest piece is covered with a different color fabric than the rest of her outfit.

      Sex is a sometimes a large theme among shows on Freeform but most characters don’t walk around showing off a good chunk of their body all the time. So I wouldn’t expect this show to copy her outfit exactly.

  7. Shawn Rebelo says:

    See, I have been wanting to see this come out for the longest time. Somewhat mixed emotions behind their approach, however… Cloak & Dagger is not supposed to be all that dark if you consider the content and what they mainly did and faught against. So in a sense… this is actually pretty good to target a younger audience. IF they maintain the characters true story.

    Ever since they got their powers, Dagger not only can project daggers. But she can also remove toxins and poisons from drugs out of a persons body. Cloak & Dagger’s focus was on drug dealers and what not because of what happened to them. Dagger helps keep Cloak stable as he feeds off of light. As well as plumits bad guys into a void of nothingness. Dagger was also known for hanging out in Cloaks darkness and springing out from it.

  8. matty says:

    well this sounds horrible. I’ve wanted to see Netflix give these two the series they deserve. This whole romance garbage just sounds dumb. You don’t need to waste great Marvel characters to do a stupid teen romance story.

    • Chattty One says:

      So the tv show based on one of marvel’s best unrequited teen/ya romance stories shouldn’t feature romance?

  9. demoncat4 says:

    nice been wishing they would get some live action marvel loving. for they were one of the very first marvel characters i ever saw. plus this also means their creator may get some money too for his medical needs. now wonder who they will get as cloak and dagger?

  10. Jon Snow says:

    Lmao Dagger is busty AF.

  11. She has a nice “titular” outfit on. That’s about it.

  12. Oh god……
    Some teen romance BS. Thats horrible.
    I wanted Amanda Seyfried and Denzel to play them on the big screen, and now Marvel are gonna let ABC “agents of shield” them…..

    Such a disappointment.

    • Victor says:

      You DO realize that cloak and dagger have been portrayed as teens in the comics for a long time and in the ultimate universe right? And that their ultimate universe incarnation was them as high school sweethearts that had an accident on their way to prom?

    • EricJ says:

      I don’t know how anyone even REMEMBERED these distinctly obscure characters from the 90’s (late-80’s/early-90’s Marvel was -hurtin’-), except that the former Separated At Birth Channel wants to continue its new demographic as the Teen Drama Queen network.
      There are plenty of other more contemporary teen girls in Marvel from this millennium, but the movie studio is probably saving Ms. Marvel for their Inhumans agenda, and Fox has a claim on X-23.

      • Chattty One says:

        This what I honestly thought was the thing that had to make this a MCU idea. Marvel’s teen/ya library has a lot of characters that would easily fit on this channel’s style. Cloak and Dagger in no way scream that big of a deal.

        Either this was the best property they could pick because of the limitations being in the MCU implies

        Or this is a test for them to maybe want more popular characters, like say a Runaways or Young Avengers show.

        Or maybe the person who pitched this is a Cloak/Dagger superfan…

    • anonVariety says:

      If it’s even half as good as Agents of SHIELD has been then we’re in for a treat!

    • Tim Lydon says:

      You wanted a relationship between a 30 year old woman and a 61 year old man? Wtf?

  13. bill says:

    Great news!! Love Cloak and Dagger

  14. daniel says:

    but it’s not like there any anti-white agenda or anything silly goys

    • daniel speaks wisdom says:

      daniel,
      i agree. why put blacks in a tv show or movie when a white person would be better.
      makes no sense, but thats PC America for you.

    • Brent Schneider says:

      The whole racial component here is all projection of your own prejudices on both sides. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. said to judge a man not by the color of his skin, but the content of his character.

    • Eep Opp Orp Ahh-Ahh says:

      It’s funny how these guys cry anti white agenda (when they really mean white girl with a black guy) but there’s nothing but crickets when it’s a white guy with a black girl. I dont hear a peep about anything when that’s the case. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, white women were shamed and black men were hung while white men raped and had all the sex they wanted in the days of slavery, but I digress…

      With that being said, I’m not a big truster of Hollywood so I’m a little skeptical how this show will play out. Can’t help but think some type of way this will be twisted to benefit someone’s agenda especially with it being marketed to teenagers. I hope not, but we’ll see. Really would’ve loved to see this done as a gritty Netflix series.

    • daniel says:

      weird how selective they were with what comments they removed…

    • Gosu says:

      Lot of dumb white folks out there who could be improved by blacks. You’re one such example.

    • Gosu says:

      Would not this be equally anti-black using your logic?

    • John T says:

      Umm there are how many white characters on tv right now? WTF? And you can’t even say this was created just to bother people. These two comic book characters have existed for YEARS. You bigots always think people are attacking you. Its almost funny

  15. Comic had SUCH a huge impression me. Been wondering when someone might develop it. AWESOME concept as Cloak is relentless defender of Dagger while their powers complement each other in opposites. One of those cases where darkness associated with Black character doesn’t bug me at all. Fits his moodiness. Comic was SO well-written though. Will require some serious writing and a great writing team to pull it off I think.

    • Thoom says:

      You guys aren’t bothered by them being lovers here? In the comics, they were friends. this changes the whole dynamic.

      • Jason says:

        Yes, eventually they become a romantic couple, but that wasn’t for a long time in the comics. It sounds like here they’re going to become romantic within the first season if not the first couple episodes.

      • James. says:

        Thoom, they became lovers in the comics.

    • CamRo says:

      I agree James. I relished each new issue as a teen. Looking forward to this show…

      • For the non comic reading casuals they have been in a relationship in the comics for years now. Read a comic already and catch up.

      • Belzy says:

        Matty,

        Cloak & Dagger were teens in the comics when they got their powers. Right? Marvel is creating shows for different age groups. So far, Marvel has done an excellent job with all of its television properties. The writing and acting is great (especially Agent Carter). Why should that change here?

      • matty says:

        this series is going to end up looking like Supergirl. Two of my favorite Marvel characters being reduced to a teen romance just to get young girl viewers. Lame, dumb, stupid

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