Yet another Marvel comics property is going to make it onto the small screen.
Cloak and Dagger, which is billed as a love story between two teenagers with superpowers, is based on the comic series of the same name.
Tyrone ‘Cloak’ Johnson and Tandy ‘Dagger’ Bowen are two kids from different sides of the tracks, who run away with each other while dealing with the burden of developing powers. In the comics, when they originally appeared as secondary characters alongside Spiderman, they develop their powers after being given experimental drugs, leaving Cloak able to become intangible and to teleport, and Dagger throwing shards of light which can hurt or heal people as she chooses.
According to Variety, which broke the news, the project is – in a first for Marvel Television – aimed specifically at younger adults between the ages of 18 and 34. No writer has yet been appointed, but “the search is currently under way”. Unusually for a show of this nature, a full series has already been ordered, as opposed to a pilot. Casting news, meanwhile, is presumably several months down the line.
Marvel has a massive, growing roster of TV series. Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter currently appear on prime time terrestrial television, soon to be joined by Marvel’s Most Wanted. Netflix, meanwhile, has produced Daredevil and Jessica Jones, which are due to be followed this year by Luke Cage, then Iron Fist in 2017, and later The Defenders. Another secret project is also reportedly in the works.
There is no word yet on when the show will be broadcast, or even where in the UK. However, the show will appear on the Freedom channel in America, a smaller sister channel to the ABC network currently hosting SHIELD and Agent Carter, and which is itself owned by the company which owns Disney – which owns Marvel.
The next Marvel release will be ‘Captain America: Civil War’. It’s due out on 29 April, a full week before it appears in the US on 6 May.