I remember when Marvel first announced the Cloak & Dagger show and I thought…” No way.” No way were they going to get something as obscure as Cloak & Dagger on the small screen. I mean, who in the hell would want to watch a show about a multi-racial teenage couple with super powers on the run trying to help the homeless and fighting drug pushers? Oh wait, that could work. So imagine my surprise when this new trailer came out and it was actually very engaging and interesting.
Forget the Runaways, Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen were the original runaways dating all the way back to 1982. In the comics Tyrone(Cloak) and Tandy(Dagger) are Runaways who are exposed to weird chemicals that gave them powers. Cloak’s powers derive from his ability to manipulate Darkforce energy and access the dimension from which it originates. This power gives him the ability to levitate, teleport, blend in the shadows and send people to the Darkforce dimension. Unfortunately, it also gives him an insatiable hunger that could only be sated by the light emanating from Dagger. Dagger can create psionic light daggers which travel wherever she wills them, and which drain living beings of vitality (“life-force”) when struck. Her light daggers also have the capacity to cure certain persons of drug addictions, and can alleviate Cloak’s hunger for light.
At first Cloak & Dagger were just a vigilante duo. It wasn’t till their creator Bill Mantlo went a step further and infused the series with the problematic ‘80s era War on Drugs. Doesn’t look like they’re going that route with this live action series, but I sort of wish they would. America still has a serious drug problem. That hasn’t changed, it’s just that there’s more of them now. Especially with the teenagers. One thing I do like that they’re doing differently is that Tyrone is the one that comes from a rich family and Tandy is the one from a poor one. This dynamic change has already gotten my attention and I haven’t seen one episode.
You can watch the trailer below:
The show takes place in New Orleans instead of New York, so it’s good to get away from the Big Apple in the MCU. Roxxon has been mentioned in Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD as Hydra affiliates so I’m hoping that it’ll tie into the other shows somewhat. Wishful thinking, I know.
Cloak & Dagger premieres on June 7.
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