Marvel's next series is heading to ABC's freshly rebranded network Freeform. Variety reports that the comics company has just greenlit Cloak and Dagger, a live-action drama currently being described as a "superhero romance" series. No writer has been chosen for the show, but the search is reportedly underway.
Cloak and Dagger is based on the titular superhero duo who first made their comics debut back in 1982. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone "Ty" Johnson are two teens living in New York City who, after being exposed to an experimental drug, are given unique superpowers. Ty gets the ability to engulf people in darkness while Tandy shoots "light daggers" made of psychic energy. The pair quickly fall in love, and they form a partnership to help defend New York against its criminal element.
Marvel's TV strategy is expanding
Given the subject matter, it makes sense that Marvel would launch the series on Freeform (formerly ABC Family), whose biggest hits include shows like Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The move also shows how Marvel's television strategy is expanding. With the second season of Netflix's Daredevil having debuted last month, the company is also looking ahead to Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Agents of SHIELD spinoff Marvel's Most Wanted. It's clear that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is only going to get bigger from here on.