Marvel TV shows have popped up all over the place in recent years, and Freeform is about to get its own with Marvel's long-awaited Cloak and Dagger. It's an intriguing project designed around two of Marvel's more obscure heroes, and it hasn't shied away from making changes to the original characters who first appeared in the comics back in the 1980s. During a recent roundtable interview with CinemaBlend and others at WonderCon in Anaheim, California, Cloak and Dagger creator Joe Pokowski explained that the Freeform series made alterations to its hero backstories and its settings to give it a different flavor from other Marvel properties, saying:
In the pages of Marvel Comics, Cloak and Dagger operate on the streets of New York City, but that territory is already covered on TV with The Punisher, Daredevil, and The Defenders heroes' other shows. For Cloak and Dagger to set itself apart, the upcoming Freeform series has instead relocated to New Orleans, which should allow the new drama to explore its heroes' respective personalities unfettered by the continuity of other properties, and in one of the most interesting cities in the country. This move will also make sure Cloak and Dagger stays focused on who Tandy and Tyrone are, by stretching out the duo's origin story even further than other Marvel shows often do. Which is usually a headache, but not so much here.
Another major change that Cloak and Dagger has made is the revamping of the characters' backstories to steer away from outdated (if still relevant) racial and gender stereotypes. Now, Tyrone is the one who comes from a comfortable and affluent background, while Tandy is the poor criminal struggling to get by on the streets. That's an element that Joe Pokowski made sure to also note during the roundtable interview. The Cloak and Dagger creator continued to talk about the process of fleshing out Tyrone and Tandy in ways that didn't feel rooted in stereotypes. Pokowski explained:
Changes usually make comic fans go crazy, especially for a series that plays heavily on romantic angles, but there's something to be said about the extremely solid buzz surrounding the new series. Freeform has screened the pilot for fans and critics, and the reactions have been almost universally positive. So even when something ain't broke, a little tinkering can sometimes make it even better. But only sometimes.
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger will debut later this year on Thursday, June 7, on Freeform. Until that premiere date rolls around, make sure to take a look at our midseason premiere guide to keep yourself in-the-loop on all of 2018's major spring debuts!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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