Marvel is at it once again on the television side, this time with super powered teenage drama Cloak and Dagger on Freeform. The story of Tyrone “Cloak” Johnson and Tandy “Dagger” Bowan, two teenagers from different we worlds who discover that they have amazing abilities when they come together and are just as strong when they are apart.
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Ever since it’s been announced, there’s been a lot of speculation around what a YA series based around the classic Marvel characters, Cloak & Dagger, would look like. Especially on Freeform, the first superhero series to land there. There have been a few clips and teasers, but today we got the full introductory trailer as to who these kids are, and where we find them at the start of this show.
With DC somewhat dominating this age demo of the genre with it’s CW shows, this trailer positions Cloak & Dagger to be a solid second shot, after Runaways very successful run on Hulu. It also demonstrates Disney’s ability to spread Marvel’s content across several platforms, as Agents Of Shield is currently in season 5 on ABC, and Netflix carries several New York City based heroes, in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher.
This version of Cloak & Dagger takes place in Louisiana and will obviously play heavily on both race and class, through an interracial relationship with a couple who are from different ends of the economic spectrum, and I for one, am all for it. What are your thoughts? Let us know!
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Everyone who was excited about seeing Squirrel Girl on the small screen may have to hold on just a little. Marvel had been working on launching it’s live-action New Warriors series in 2018. Originally planned to be on Freeform (also the future home of Cloak & Dagger,) an article in The Hollywood Reporter says Freeform couldn’t find a place for the show on it’s 2018 schedule, and now Marvel is left looking for somewhere the show can go.
The odd news here? The show is apparently testing through the roof. It’s been shown to test audiences, who’ve loved it. Even Disney execs are very high on the show. So why wouldn’t a network like Freeform find a place for it? Can you name anything on Freeform right now?
The hold up may come from the fact that Disney won’t let Marvel shop the show anywhere but Disney-owned networks. As you may know, Disney is coming out with it’s own streaming service, but not until 2019. If it was just a movie, that would work, but they’re looking for a 2 season commitment for a TV series. That’s not something you can hold on when you’ve got a pilot already and actors on hold.
If it’s as good as they claim it is, I could think of a spot that might work for it that’s currently occupied by a certain group of Attilans on ABC’s Friday nights. They’ll be long gone by then, anyway. Just don’t put the pilot up in IMAX.
Freshly released – a new trailer for the upcoming Marvel series, Runaways. This one really ups the drama and effects, as we see not only the full compliment of kids and parents, but a couple of glimpses of Old Lace, a dinosaur that’s psychically connected to Gertrude. The series also announced it’s release date for Hulu’s first Marvel project, as we’ll get to see the first 3 episodes of the 10 episode season on November 21.
Runaways is about 6 very different teenagers who don’t really like each other, but are forced together by the friendship of their parents, whom they find comprise an evil cabal called The Pride. The series is executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, of course Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are highly involved. This will be the first of ABC Signature Studio’s live-action Marvel efforts to air, which will be followed by next year’s Cloak & Dagger, and New Warriors series, both coming to Freeform next year. They additionally are producing an animated Deadpool series with Donald and Stephen Glover, also slated for 2018.
Well, that was fast. Only a few weeks after filling in the top line roles for Cloak & Dagger, we already have our first trailer! The show is coming to Freeform and the trailer looks like the show will fit in with the normal fare on that channel (Pretty Little Liars, anyone?) It also features one of my favorites – a story based on an interracial relationships. Truth be told, the only superpower that comes from those is pretty babies (thanks Mom & Dad.)
The cast for this one is pretty strong, so as long as we can get past the idea of starting this story at the YA level, we should be in for some fun. We’ll be discussing this and more, this Sunday at the Trusty Sidekick Live Podcast recording, this Sunday (4/23) at the Laugh Factory in Chicago. Contact us at email@example.com for comp ticket info!
This is going to make MANY people, including this writer pretty excited, Squirrel Girl will officially be on your television screen soon.
The TV adaptation of Marvel’s “New Warriors” has been given a straight-to-series order at Freeform, Marvel announced Wednesday. The series will mark Marvel’s first live-action scripted comedy show.
The network has ordered ten 30-minute episodes slated to debut in 2018. The series is about six young people with powers living and working together. They want to make a difference in the world, even if their powers are not quite as impressive as those of The Avengers. They will have to learn to use their abilities to help people while also struggling with growing up.
The series will feature fan-favorite Squirrel Girl, a.k.a Doreen Green. She is confident and has the powers of a squirrel, meaning she’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is that she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves
This is the second Marvel series order at Freeform. The network also has Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger” underway, which will star Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt.
“’Marvel’s New Warriors’ have always been fan favorites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well,” said Marvel’s head of television and series executive producer Jeph Loeb. “After the amazing experience we’ve had with Freeform on ‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’ we can’t think of a better place for our young heroes.”
The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Loeb will executive produce along with Jim Chory.