Marvel keeps on expanding their reaches into the TV-sphere. It wasn’t enough that they already had a grip on ABC and Netflix, but in order to reach pretty much every demographic known to mankind, they’ll also be appealing to the YA crowd — or the “becomers” as they’re coined by the Disney-owned network Freeform. Coming onto the relatively new network are two shows right now: New Warriors and Cloak and Dagger. New Warriors was announced only recently, and as such, has very little to show for it at this point, but Cloak and Dagger is a property that’s been in the works for some time.
On Wednesday, after a long while of hearing about the cast, premise, and everything in between we finally have our first look at the new series in the form of a new trailer. Before you get into it, however, it is worth noting that, as a series on Freeform, it is definitely aimed to a younger audience than your average Marvel show. This is no Daredevil — heck it’s not even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Take a look at the trailer below!
So how does this look? First, I think it’s worth explaining my exposure to Cloak and Dagger. I’m aware of the characters and their backstory, but my only real exposure to the characters is through crossovers like The Infinity Gauntlet — or other non-Cloak and Dagger-centric comics. With that in mind, I’ll give my own two cents, for whatever it’s worth.
I’m of two minds on this one. One, I really enjoy how faithful the show looks to the characters and their backstories. Both come from troubled — yet very different — backgrounds, and as we saw in the trailer, it looks like they’re keeping that element. This is obviously great, because it really plays into the dynamic of them having a symbiotic relationship. Not only do they complete each other in terms of their abilities, but their relationship is made that much stronger by their struggles.
On the other hand, I have two beefs with the trailer. First off is the tone. Perhaps it was just the music over the trailer, but it just oozes angst. Admittedly, this is a series where angst is not a bad direction, but as an adult male, it’s kind of an instant turn off. That being said, I have to understand that this show wasn’t made for me. My second beef with this trailer is that, if you are unfamiliar with Cloak and Dagger, I have a hard time believing you’ll have any idea what’s going on here. Sure, you’ll understand that they come from broken backgrounds, but their kidnapping, experimenting, and abilities…there seems to be little connection in the trailer that holds it all together, unless you’re already familiar with it.
Regardless, we’ll be keeping an eye on this one as its release draws close. If you’re looking forward to it this fall, too bad, because despite having a trailer, the show is hitting Freeform in 2018.
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SOURCE: Marvel Entertainment