12) Cloak And Dagger
Release Date: Winter 2018 on Freeform
You’ve heard about Superman and Lois Lane, and Spider-Man and Mary Jane, but have you heard of Cloak and Dagger – another great superhero romance from Marvel? If you aren’t a comics fan, you probably haven’t. You will soon, though, thanks to Freeform’s new series.
Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger follows Tandy Bowen/Dagger (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson/Cloak (Aubrey Joseph), two teenagers from very different worlds who come together after they both gain superpowers. In other words, Cloak and Dagger is what you get if you cross Chronicle with Romeo and Juliet.
It might not be to every comic book fan’s tastes, then, but the idea to take the ubiquitous superhero genre in a teen drama direction is a sound one that could appeal to a fresh new audience. For us hardcore followers of the MCU, Cloak and Dagger has our attention for bringing two underrated characters to the screen for the first time.
11) New Warriors
Release Date: 2018 on Freeform
Freeform’s other Marvel series that’s in the works will also branch the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a brand-new territory: the half-hour sitcom.
New Warriors will star a team of teen heroes hoping to make their mark on the world. Leading the show will be Squirrel Girl, someone who – despite being a fan favourite – we never thought we’d see brought to live-action. So far though, the MCU has been thoroughly reliable at successfully encompassing different styles, so we have faith that New Warriors will be another hit.
The only worry with this one is that DC’s recent Powerless showed us that superheroes and sitcoms aren’t necessarily a good mix. Hopefully Marvel can prove here – along with Damage Control, if that’s still on the cards – that comic book comedies can still work.