One of the newest TV show adaptions of Marvel Comics properties, ABC's Cloak and Dagger is a great take on the story of two of Marvel's most prolific runaway mutates. Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph take center stage as the titular duo and do a great job of portraying the confusion, conflict, and triumph of the young heroes.
Intrigue, corruption, and even prophecies make up the patchwork of this super-powered drama, set in New Orleans. With a new season coming in Spring 2019, CBR looks back on season one to uncover what was changed from the source material and what stayed the same.
10. Kept The Same: Cloak's Powers Are Dimensional
Cloak's powers are similar to other teleporters in the Marvel Universe but are also very different. He uses a separate dimensional plane to traverse great distances — a dimension known as the Darkforce Dimension. During the course of the series, we get glimpses into this realm, with Tyrone even banishing someone there.
The fact that his powers have him hopping dimensions is very similar to another Marvel teleporter, Nightcrawler, who also operates in this manner. Thankfully for Cloak, he doesn't share the side effects. When Nightcrawler returns from his teleporting, it often comes with the overpowering smell of brimstone.
9. Changed: Tyrone Isn't A Runaway
In the original Cloak and Dagger comics, the two heroes bond due to their reliance on one another. This is owing to the fact that they are the only ones there for one another. The duo uses their powers and street smarts in unison in order to survive their personal war on drugs.
In ABC's adaption, Ty is still living at home. Though his family has endured a large amount of emotional trauma with the loss of his older brother, Ty's home life is still supportive and loving. His parents don't give him a cause to run from them, they're simply a little overprotective at points.
8. Kept The Same: Tandy Runs From Home
While Cloak enjoys a supportive home life, supported by his parents, Tandy's situation is a little different. Her mother is incapable of taking proper care of her and as a result, she turned to a life of crime. Tandy takes up residence in an abandoned church for most of the series, unable to live with her mother.
In addition to this, Tandy had plans to run away from New Orleans entirely. However, once her powers manifested and she found that Tyrone was having a similar experience, she decided to stay. At the end of the series, Tandy is still occupying the church despite relations with her mother improving vastly.
7. Changed: Their Origin Is Not Tied To Mr. Negative
In the comics, both Cloak and Dagger get their powers after a criminal chemist named Simon Marshall uses an experimental drug on the duo called D-Lite. He also tests the substance on Martin Li. Where Cloak gains Darkforce powers, Tandy gains Lightforce powers, and Martin Li, however, gains both.
In ABC's take on the young pairing's origin, D-Lite, Martin Li, and Simon Marshall play no part in the proceedings. Instead, due to classified experiments happening offshore on what appeared to be an oil rig, an explosion happens. This explosion encompasses the surrounding area, imbuing the two with powers.
6. Kept The Same: No Supervillains
One of the early narrative directions in the Cloak and Dagger comics is that there are little to no appearances from supervillains. Due to the fact that the duo were runaways and operated on a street level, they were more concerned with stopping smaller-scale crimes. The pair would take on drug rings and such, rather than go out and fight the likes of Kang the Conqueror.
Though later on they would be exposed to more complex villains, their formative years were spent in a war on drugs. While they don't have the same motives in the Cloak and Dagger ABC adaption, they follow the lead of not tackling supervillains, electing to tackle corrupt police officers and investigate their powers.
5. Changed: They Aren't Mutates
For a time, there was some debate within Marvel Comics about whether the two heroes were mutants. It was later revealed they were mutates, rather than mutants. The difference being that mutate's powers are activated by external sources, their powers dormant beforehand. In mutants, powers are activated definitively by their X-gene.
In Cloak and Dagger the series, the duo's powers seem to come from science alone; a result of the experiments that caused the event leading to their powers. There is no indication of latent powers awakening, so the duo are more akin to Spider-Man in power activation than they are to mutant/mutates.
4. Kept The Same: Their Powers Reveal Hopes And Fears
One of the most interesting parts of the series is the portrayal of the psychological aspects of the young heroes' powers. When Dagger touches someone, she creates a connection with them that allows her to see their highest hopes. This allows her to better understand people, or find out information on someone and what they care about.
On the reverse of this, Tyrone is able to reveal the fears of those he comes in contact with. This allows him to find out what intimidates, scares, or gets under the skin of people. Those who come into contact with Cloak are sometimes exposed to these visions also.
3. Changed: Tandy's Dad Passes
In ABC's adaption of Cloak and Dagger, Tandy's father's research is responsible for the event that gives his daughter and Tyrone their powers. Unfortunately, he is also caught in the blast and loses his life. From this point on, Tandy doesn't have her father and it makes the relationship with her grieving mother strained and complicated.
In the comics, her father is only presumed to be deceased and has no role in her powers manifesting. Instead, he is discovered to be alive on one of the duo's adventures. When exposed to his daughter, he seemingly gains her power, able to conjure daggers of his own.
2. Kept The Same: The Portrayal Of The Duo's Powers
The practical applications of Tandy and Tyrone's powers in ABC's Cloak and Dagger are quite faithful to their comics. The use of a cloak or sheet in Cloak's teleportation is reminiscent of the flowing nature of his in-material cloak. At one point, he even receives a cloak near-identical to the one he's used for years in print.
Tandy's light daggers are also true to form, with their conjuration, solid properties, and her ability to throw them like projectiles. Seeing the duos realize their abilities and use them in tandem by the end of the series was a real highlight. The slow burn approach to their increasing aptitude with their powers was a great narrative decision.
1. Changed: Tyrone's Powers Are Not Demonic
While Tyrone's powers are displayed in a way that mirrors his comic counterpart, the similarities end at a certain point. It is also true that his powers remain dimensional in nature in ABC's adaption. However, there's a sinister side to his powers in the source material.
His powers partly stem from a demon known as D'Spayre, which is what allows him access to the Darkforce Dimension. There's no appearance from a demon in the show, though it may be introduced later on. In the comics, both Cloak and Dagger are infused with parts of the demon.