It's no secret that comic book properties are everywhere. The superhero genre has remained the most profitable in the last few years, resulting in a plethora of superhero content, to varying levels of success. While fans most closely associate the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its blockbuster movies, there is also a ton of small screen content available as well. While the majority of these shows found their home through Netflix, Freeform is looking to get in on the action next. Cloak & Dagger will be the network's attempt at joining the MCU, and it's first trailer is pretty thrilling. Check it out.
Pretty awesome, right? Let's break down everything we're being shown in this mysterious first trailer.
From the very start of the Cloak & Dagger trailer, it's clear how much of a focus the show's title characters will be. We get brief glimpses of both future heroes in their childhood, which seem like drastically different upbringings. While Tyron Johnson/Cloak (Aubrey Joseph) is shown on the streets of New Orleans during what seems like a family tragedy, his future partner is quite the opposite. Tandy Bowen/Dagger is played by Disney star Aubrey Joseph, who is shown to have a privileged background. While strangers, their shared trauma utimately bonds them for life.
This bond manifests itself in superpowers for the not so dynamic duo, although it's unclear how they've managed to keep them under wraps for so long. Tandy Bowen has the ability to emit light daggers, which is ultimately how she gets her superhero name. Meanwhile, Cloak can engulf others in darkness and transport them through the Darkforce dimension, which seems like a fascinating and complicated ability.
As the title of the series teases, it looks like Cloak & Dagger is going to be a noir-inspired mystery that happens to involve a few superpowered protagonists. The two teenage leads will attempt to control their respective abilities, while their romantic connection intensifies. It's currently unclear what type of villain or conflict with befell Cloak and Dagger, although it should be interesting to see how such young characters navigate dangerous worlds. It looks like Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets The Avengers, and I'm here for it.
Cloak & Dagger is just the latest in a long line of small screen adventures for the MCU. It all started with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC. Those series were originally extremely connected to the films, although the crossover moments are now few and far between. From there, Netflix quick became the hub for fantastic Marvel content, five shows and the Defenders miniseries currently running on the streaming service. ABC once again tried getting back in the game for Inhumans, which ended up being a massive flop. Since then Hulu has released Runaways, which has done fairly well critically.