On Friday afternoon, WonderCon attendees were treated to treated to the pilot episode of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger which is set to debut on Freeform in June. The panel was moderated by executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb and he was joined by the director Gina Prince-Bythewood, showrunner and executive producer Joe Pokaski as well as the two stars of the show Oliva Holt and Aubrey Joseph.
Just a friendly warning that there are some minor spoilers in this article.
Overall, it was a fantastic first showing for Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger. One important aspect of the show is that it takes place not in the super-filled city of New York, but in New Orleans. This will allow the characters to grow without the pressure of another hero or villain showing up in their city and gives a great excuse as to why there may be no other cameos. Still, Loeb mentioned that, “it’s all connected.” As far as the reasons why New Orleans was chosen, Pokaski said that one of the reasons is that “it’s the city that refuses to die.” While Bythwood followed up that comment by saying that “shooting in New Orleans brings authenticity to the show.” By the looks of the pilot episode, this was the correct choice.
With the show so far away until it’s release, I will just take the time to talk about some of the things I really liked about the pilot. First off, I felt like there was a lot of chemistry between Holt who plays Tandy Bowen and Joseph who plays Tyrone Johnson. They come from very distinct lives, whose connection is an accident that unknowingly to them bonded them. As soon as they meet they accidentally activate their abilities and continued throughout the episode trying to figure out what was happening to them. It gave us the idea that this was going to be a long learning process for the both of them that will be great for audiences to watch throughout the season.
While Tyrone comes from a family that is well off, Tandy is a thief that comes from a broken home. What’s interesting is that their current situations both stem from the night of the accident that killed Tandy’s father and Tyrone’s brother. Tandy’s father’s death devastates her mother into depression and alcoholism, while Tyrone’s brother’s death causes his family to be overprotective, essentially flipping their lives upside down. I look forward to seeing how their upbringings affect their interactions and growth as eventually Cloak and Dagger.
Last is the manifestation of their abilities. Marvel Television knows as well as anyone that television shows have very restrictive budgets where effects have to be toned down. But they do a fantastic job at alternating light and shadows for both of the characters. Bythwood uses New Orleans to create a realistic world for Cloak and Dagger that brought us more into their world and made it believable to the audience.
Although I am comic book fan (You can check me out in the near-daily podcast, The Comic Source here on LRM), I am not familiar with these two characters, making it difficult for me to really talk about how comic book accurate the show is so far. But as a television show, it looks like Marvel Television will have another success. We have added a promo spot above for you to check out. Are you excited for Cloak and Dagger? Let us know in the comment section below!
Marvel Television’s Cloak and Dagger premieres on Freeform June 7, 2018.