Just like DC’s race to get their cinematic movies up to the standerds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the flip side seems to be happening on television. DC’s excellent collection of tv series (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) has been a bright spot on superheroes on tv. With the lackluster reception for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., their first foray into establishing a tv show connected to their Cinematic Universe, it seems Marvel is tweaking their television direction, primarily tapping some of their younger heroes from the comics.
Before now, Marvel’s excellent array of television series were known for their adult-oriented, dark and gritty tones. With the success of the Netflix series like Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the other Defenders solo and team-up shows, you’d think they’d stay the course. But the next crop of tv shows seem to be geared toward a young audience. Starting with the X-Men inspired show, The Gifted on Fox, we’ve been blessed with a series of ‘young adult’ style shows. From Runaways on Hulu, to the forthcoming Cloak & Dagger on Freefrom, Marvel seems to be spreading the wealth, hoping to grab some of that Twilight/Hunger Games crowd.
I was never a big fan of Cloak and Dagger in the comics. They’d pop up from time to time in the books I read but there they never seemed interesting to me. After seeing this trailer I get why this is a goo property to focus on. The tone seems to make the whole ‘superpowers’ thing as a metaphor for being different and taking a back seat the problems and situation a lot of younger folks can relate to. Bravo.