Like a special version of Christmas designed just for the entertainment business, the pilot season seems to be getting earlier each year. This time, trade organization MIP has made the first move, hosting a special event ahead of the tradition screenings to showcase a number of new titles, with “Cloak and Dagger” among them.
According to MIP TV, the show will be a co-production between Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. As previously reported, the show has already received a straight-to-series order for the Freeform network in the US. It now seems that this initial series will be comprised of 10 episodes.
Speaking at the event, Mark Endemano, SVP and General Manager of Disney Media Distribution EMEA at Marvel’s parent company, said, “’Cloak and Dagger’ is about character and emotion above all. It tells of a romance between Tandy and Tyrone in a way that we haven’t really seen before in a Marvel TV series,” adding, “think: ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ though I can tell you that they won’t be dying at the end of the first episode!”
Introduced by Bill Mantlo, Ed Hannigan and Jim Mooney in “Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man” #64, Cloak and Dagger started out as Tyrone “Ty” Johnson and Tandy Bowen, a pair of teenagers from vasty different backgrounds who were the only survivors of a group of runaways experimented upon by a gang of drug dealers. The dealers had wanted to test out batch of a new kind of drug that had been developed, but it had unexpected effects on Tyrone and Tandy.
Instead of winding up dead, the duo ended up with super powers. Tyrone gained a cloak that granted him teleportation abilities linked to a “darkforce dimension,” while Tandy picked up the ability shoot powerful blades of light from her hands, which were later also shown to cure drug addiction. As is often the way, the pair teamed up to fight crime.
While filming on “Cloak and Dagger” was rumored to have taken place in February, it is not yet known when the full 10-part series will be broadcast.