Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger made a big appearance at this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim. The stars, Olivia Holt (Dagger) and Aubrey Joseph (Cloak) appeared along with Jeph Loeb (Head of Marvel Television), Joe Pokaski (showrunner and writer), and Gina Prince-Bythewood (director).
I got the chance to talk to all of them to find out what the tone of the show will be and how it be different from other Marvel/superhero shows.
Here’s Holt and Joseph talking about the characters and their experience in bringing them to life.
During the panel, moderated by Loeb, they were asked if they were having fun since this was their first convention appearance. Holt replied, “Fun might be an understatement.
Joseph also made a touching remark when they were asked what it was like working together. He mentioned being able to grow into the roles and, to Holt, said, “I’m glad to have you as my Dagger.”
With Jeph Loeb being in charge of all the television Marvel properties, he had quite a bit to say, including an explanation as to how and why the different shows and characters appear on ABC, Netflix, Hulu, and Freeform. Pokaski and Prince-Bythewood also gave a lot of insight into the making of the show along with some hints and Easter eggs we could expect in the full season.
During the panel, Holt expressed her desire to show the audience a clip. Loeb agreed and clarified it would be a 52-minute clip. The entire pilot episode was shown.
How was the premiere episode? No spoilers!
I’ll share my full thoughts and recap when the show premieres.
The pilot episode does a great job in creating a new corner of the Marvel Universe. If you’ve read any of the comics with the characters, you’ll be happy with their portrayal. If you’ve never read any issues with them, you’ll easily learn who they are, and where they’re coming from.
While remaining true to the comic book roots, there are some updates that work. We get to see the two characters as children. My first thought when seeing this in the trailer was we were going to get a forced connection between the two. Seeing the episode, it makes perfect sense for them to have this connection as well as why it took years for them to re-connect.
The performances were impressive. Both the young and teenage actors really sold who their characters were. There will be some hints of the Marvel humor present, but it’s a pretty dark show. There are themes of drugs, murder, sex, rape, guilt present along with the two trying to survive being teenagers in their separate settings. Freeform appears to really be pushing their programming with this show.
Because it was the first episode, there wasn’t a lot of opportunities for the two to use their powers. They’re still developing. What we see is pretty cool. These characters may have struggled to find a place in comics, but this episode shows they translate wonderfully on the screen.
If you’re looking for ties to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’re likely aware of the Roxxon Corp appearing in the trailer. Roxxon is an evil corporation in Marvel Comics and have been mentioned throughout various Marvel films and TV shows. The mention of them here works and doesn’t feel forced. It’ll be interesting to see how their presence continues throughout the season.
When does Cloak and Dagger premiere? It’ll begin on Freeform on June 7. It feels like a long wait, but it’ll be worth it. If you’ve been hungering for more Marvel on your television, this will satisfy your cravings. Let’s just hope we can someday see a crossover with them and characters from other shows.