Spider-Man and Cloak & Dagger
Cloak and Dagger are Marvel’s original teen runaway heroes - don’t let those other guys fool you - and they first debuted in the pages of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man. The duo became fast fan-favorites, with their contrasting powers of light and dark an easy mark for the experimental artists of the early 1980s like Ed Hannigan and Bill Sienkiewicz to tackle and turn into bombastic action sequences.
Peter Parker’s origin as a teen hero has meant he’s always had an affinity with the teens, and their origins as unwilling subjects of inhumane drug trials have always made them very sympathetic characters. Parker always met the same mold with the tragic loss of Uncle Ben, and his ongoing "Parker luck" which often sees him at a disadvantage.
Cloak and Dagger’s first adventure saw them hunting down and killing the men responsible for their abduction and subjection to illegal drug testing, with Spider-Man assisting (although not with the killing, naturally). One of the next times they teamed up with Spidey also saw them allying with The Punisher against the Kingpin.
In a perfect world, we’d see Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, and Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger (Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt) team up against Vincent D’Onofrio. Sadly, it’s not a team-up that’s likely to happen, as the characters have become scattered to the wind, across Disney, Netflix and Freeform. Even fellow teen runaways The Runaways are over at Hulu, making their comic book crossover hard to achieve, also.
Jessica Jones and Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)
Hopefully, it’s only a matter of time before the Young Avengers make their debut in the MCU, with Kevin Feige admitting the franchise has been "planting seeds" for their eventual appearance. The teen heroes, originally all had ties to original Avengers heroes in some way, with Stature being the daughter of Ant-Man, Hulkling being the son of Captain Marvel, Wiccan and Speed being the lost children of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch, and even Iron Lad being a younger version of Avengers villain Kang the Conqueror from the future.
The only standout to this roster initially, with a character having no ties to the Avengers in any way, was Kate Bishop. Originally mockingly referred to as Hawkingbird by her teammates due to her adoption of Mockingbird’s batons and Hawkeye’s bow and arrow, she later gratefully accepted the Hawkeye codename while Clint was out of commission and presumed dead.
Bishop has gone on to lead the Young Avengers, and become a hero in her own right - after appearing in Clint Barton’s solo book, she’s since moved out to LA to become a Private Investigator (and also recently lead the West Coast Avengers). It’s there that she came under the tutelage of fellow PI Jessica Jones, leading to a fun story arc and entertaining mentor/mentee relationship between the two.
Unfortunately, we’re unlikely to see the pairing on-screen. Were Kate Bishop introduced, it would surely be in relation to Clint Barton, making her a trainee, while Jessica Jones is locked away on Netflix.
Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and The New Avengers
One of the most exciting periods in Marvel history was the dismantling of the classic Avengers team during the Avengers: Disassembled storyline, and the subsequent launch of a brand new team for the 21st Century, dubbed The New Avengers.
Led by Captain America and Iron Man, and now featuring Marvel icons Spider-Man and Wolverine, writer Brian Michael Bendis also included Luke Cage in the initial line-up. Matt Murdock was present for their inaugural battle, but initially declined to join the team since he had just been outed as Daredevil by the press. Jessica Jones was always on the periphery of the team due to her marriage to Cage, but was often stuck at home looking after their baby, Danielle. She later became a full-fledged member of the team during the Heroic Age line-wide imprint. Later additions to the team included Iron Fist, and later, Daredevil finally accepted the offer to join when his private life became less dramatic.
This means that all four Netflix Defenders have been, at one time or another, New Avengers - and at one point, all at the same time. These characters proved to be as impactful to the team as Spider-Man and Wolverine were (especially Luke Cage), truly becoming some of the heavy hitters and most popular characters of the Marvel Universe thanks to their status as New Avengers.
However, while Marvel might be planning to launch a New Avengers-style film in the wake of Avengers 4, such similar reinventions are unlikely given it probably won’t include the Netflix heroes. There's always hope.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019