Freeform releases the first trailer for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as titular superheroes Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, respectively. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been expanding since it was first introduced, but the television side has been particularly growing in recent years. Following the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, Marvel TV launched The Defenders universe on Netflix, which will include a total of six separate series by the end of 2017. Additionally, Inhumans will be arriving on ABC later this year, with other series in the works from Marvel TV, including Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger and New Warriors as well as Hulu’s Runaways.
The pilot for Cloak and Dagger filmed earlier this year, after Holt and Joseph had been cast as the main characters – Tandy aka Dagger and Tyrone aka Cloak. However, while the series itself isn’t expected to premiere on Freeform until early 2018, the network debuted the first trailer for Cloak and Dagger.
The trailer for Cloak and Dagger, which can be viewed above, focuses more on the human drama of its main characters while their superpowers are only alluded to toward the end of the video. Given how little of the show has been filmed, it’s possible many of these scenes – if not all of them – come from the pilot. The trailer works to tease the main characters’ connection during a childhood incident, while emphasizing the troubles of their teenaged lives.
Freeform quietly revealed the showrunner for Cloak and Dagger late last year, tapping Marvel Comics and Netflix’s Daredevil alum Joe Pokaski, who wrote the script for the pilot. Gina Prince-Bythewood directed the Cloak and Dagger pilot, which filmed in New Orleans under the working title Shadows. Freeform has since granted Cloak and Dagger a 10 episode season order, though it’s unclear whether the show will resume filming shortly (if they haven’t already) or somewhat closer to their early 2018 premiere window.
A breakdown of the series was released when Freeform ordered Cloak and Dagger to series, teasing a show that would follow the teenagers as they navigated their own lives as well as the new burden of their superpowers – all while falling in love. Freeform’s programming generally lends itself to a younger demographic, which explains why the first Marvel TV series focused on teenaged protagonists landed at the ABC offshoot.
That said, the trailer for Cloak and Dagger certainly rivals the dynamic cinematography and compelling drama Marvel fans have come to expect from Netflix’s MCU offerings. It was reported earlier this year that Cloak and Dagger’s budget rivals that of Netflix’s various Marvel shows, which would explain why the trailer feels right at home next to the streaming service’s offerings – though Prince-Bythewood’s contribution to the look and feel of this trailer shouldn’t be underestimated either. Certainly based on this trailer for Cloak and Dagger, Freeform could have a successful entry in the MCU, but whether the show connects with viewers remains to be seen until it premieres early next year.
Cloak and Dagger is expected to premiere Winter 2018 on Freeform.