Comic Books and Teen Drama Come Together in ‘Cloak and Dagger’

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.

Photo and Video Courtesy of Marvel/Freeform

About Molly

Molly Kasperek spent her formative years watching The West Wing, which resulted in two different degrees as she tried to decide if she wanted to write speeches or screenplays. She loves YA books, college football, black coffee, Captain America, and oxford commas. She recently moved to LA and works in the TV industry. Find her on Twitter @mollytheghost.