Image Copyright Disney/Marvel 2017
So, for fans of Marvel TV properties, it’s a glorious time to be alive.
We’ve got the Defenders series on Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist), the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Channel 4 which just keeps on going despite everything, there’s the upcoming Inhumans movie/TV series thing which we detailed excessively on a previous post, and, if you are lucky enough to know about such things, there are the Runaways on Hulu, not to mention all of the animated series on Disney XD.
Around the 17th of April, we also had news that Marvel will be bringing exclusive properties to the Disney-owned cable network channel Freeform, and those exclusive properties include Squirrel Girl and the New Warriors and Cloak and Dagger.
The former title will include characters such as Squirrel Girl aka Doreen Green, someone who owns decisive victories over the likes of Doctor Doom and even Thanos in the comics, Night Thrasher, Speedball, Microbe, Mister Immortal, and Debrii.
The New Warriors in the comics were perhaps most famous for being a group of pseudo-heroes who starred in a reality TV show and used their respective powers to help boost ratings for the network, before, ultimately, inadvertently blowing up a Connecticut high school, killing hundreds of innocent children and themselves in the process – this act, by the way, was the last incident involving superheroes to occur before the triggering of the superhero registration act that lead to the comic book version of Civil War. Just a little history lesson there for you.
It’s highly unlikely that that story arc will make its way into the TV series though as Marvel are apparently looking to make Squirrel Girl and the New Warriors a comedy series, with 10 half-hour episodes ordered for the first series.
No word yet on who will direct the series, nor any confirmation on casting choices, which may dishearten many Anna Kendrick fans as she famously put her name in the hat to portray Squirrel Girl last year.
Cloak and Dagger, on the other hand, looks to be a coming-of-age love story following the two lead titular characters, and we’ve even got our first trailer for the series.
Tandy Bowen (Dagger) played by Olivia Holt, and Tyrone Johnson (Cloak) played by Aubrey Joseph are two teenagers from very different yet equally difficult upbringings but both share a deep secret that they had otherwise kept to themselves.
Tandy can emit light daggers whilst Tyrone can cloak others in darkness and teleport them elsewhere.
Whilst the pair struggle alone, they realise they are better off together considering their unique powers, but will the fact that they are falling in love help or hinder them?
The official synopsis for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger is as follows;
“Described as a superhero love story, Cloak and Dagger is based on the titular comic book duo (also known as Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson) who have appeared in Marvel Comics classics, including Spiderman and X-Men stories. The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.”
Whilst no release date for either show has been announced yet, they are both scheduled for a release sometime next year.
There are only two more things we need to know at this stage;
- Will these series be coming to UK shores?
- With Cloak and Dagger being officially in the pipelines, how long do I have to wait until Moon Knight is on the horizon?