Premiering on June 7th, the Freeform network is launching yet another superhero show to what some would consider an already crowded television landscape with Cloak & Dagger. With four shows on The CW, two more on ABC (counting The Inhumans) and one on FX, it seems like you can’t throw a rock without hitting a show about superheroes. While some may complain of superhero fatigue, I’ve found myself enjoying the embarrassment of riches we’re afforded these days. While most of the shows don’t appeal to me, such an abundance of content forces new entries to branch out into new areas like FX has done with Legion. While an entirely different kind of show, it’s thrilling to see Freeform allow Cloak & Dagger stretch is proverbial wings and fit into its genre comfortably while finding new territory to cover.
Based on the Marvel characters created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan, the series follows teenagers Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph – The Night Of, Run All Night) and Tandy (Olivia Holt), who become destined to have their lives intertwined by a disaster when they’re young children, following them as they work through balancing the gifts they’re given as a result with living their own lives.