If you were to ask me the intersection of my television interests, I’m not sure I could do much better than Cloak and Dagger, Freeform’s new Marvel property. It has everything I love about comic books and teen dramas all in one neat package.
On the Cloak and Dagger comic book front we have an origin story: the two characters’ get powers, and are thrown into a literal battle of dark versus light. Ty and Tandy seem opposite in every way, and I can already tell that they’ll continue to be pulled together and join forces in a way that will get me (overly) invested in their relationship.
Then there are the teen drama staples — the struggle to figure out who you are and what your purpose is. Beyond that, I found myself making connections to other teen shows or movies I loved as a teen: the fist fight on the basketball court reeks of One Tree Hill; the blonde ballerina with the tragic past reminds me of Save the Last Dance; when a young Ty saves Tandy from a river I found myself comparing them to a gender-swapped Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Cloak and Dagger’s trailer left me breathless and with a bunch of unanswered questions, which is exactly what a teaser trailer is supposed to do. I haven’t read the comic series this show is based on, and I think I’m going to enjoy experiencing Ty and Tandy’s story for the first time on screen. I can’t wait to find out what sparked the dagger’s materialization. Where do the cloaks come into play, and can I hang out on that Roxxon Corp rooftop? Does hanging on a roof in a black cloak make you a de-facto anti-hero like Batman? And why do so many teens on TV hang out in cemeteries?
See what I mean? So many questions. I can’t believe I have to wait until 2018 for the answers.
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