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Jeph Loeb Reveals Why “Cloak & Dagger” Landed At Freeform

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Jeph Loeb Reveals Why “Cloak & Dagger” Landed At Freeform

With the Television Critics Association press event underway, plenty of news has broken out about Marvel’s TV offerings. We’ve learned more about the circumstances surrounding the end of “Agent Carter” and the potential launch of new series.

During Marvel’s own TCA event, Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb spoke about one series that isn’t on a network that Marvel’s worked with in the past (like ABC or Netflix). Surprisingly, “Cloak and Dagger” was greenlit by Freeform in April, expanding Marvel’s potential reach to another network.

“It’s a love story that happens to have characters that have always traditionally been in that age group,” said Loeb, as reported by SlashFilm. “It’s not like we took something and made it into a YA. It speaks to a YA audience and is a YA property. Would I do ‘Punisher’ on Freeform? I don’t think that’s going to connect the same way.”

“Cloak and Dagger” will center on Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, teenagers from different backgrounds who grapple with newly acquired superpowers — Tandy can emit daggers of light, while Tyrone can engulf others in darkness — even as they fall in love.

Freeform is ABC’s teen-targeted network, and you might remember it by its former title ABC Family. So far Marvel Television has a live-action show on ABC (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and multiple shows through their partnership with Netflix (“Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Luke Cage”). While it’s not set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Television also has a Marvel Comics-based show, “Legion,” arriving on FX. No information has been given regarding the status of “Cloak and Dagger” following news of it getting the go-ahead from Freeform.

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