Is “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” just another Teen Drama or even more than that?
“The universe keeps pushing us together.” – “No, the universe keeps pulling us apart.”
These quotes already show how different Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson are. She is a young runaway who earns a living from stealing from wealthy teens and sleeps in an abandoned church. He is a choir boy in a respected school with loving parents. But even though their lives are so different, something connects them. As children, they both found themselves in deadly danger but miraculously survived. When they meet years later, both discover they suddenly developed mysterious superpowers that push them together as well as pull them closer.
This show, created for Freeform by Joe Pokaski, is based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name and premiered June 7, 2018. Like nearly all other Marvel TV shows, it is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which is also shared with the movies. Even though there are no crossovers between any shows planned at the moment, there are many Easter Eggs to other Marvel properties in “Cloak & Dagger”, for example, the Roxxon Company, which was already established in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter”.
The grim tone of the series, consisting of a mostly dark colour pallet and the visual composition of black, representing Tyrone (Cloak), and white, representing Tandy (Dagger), together with good music and overall good performances make for a beautiful and enjoyable show. This series is very comparable to “Marvel’s Runaways”, both in visual style and story. Olivia Holt as Tandy and Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone have great chemistry and are able to make their dialogue-driven scenes impactful and fascinating to watch.
A point of critic could be that the show has no clear villain yet, which could make the season seem unfocused and may lead to bad pacing in future episodes. Another thing that personally bothered me a bit was the lack of shared screen time between Cloak & Dagger in the first three episodes.
After only four episodes, Cloak & Dagger looks like a relatively promising addition to the MCU. Let’s see how the show continues to develop in the next six episodes.
Written By – Review Geek