ByJonathan Medders, writer at
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Jonathan Medders

Previously I wrote an article on how I felt like Moon Knight should have his own series through the Marvel+Netflix partnership here -,manual

Now I bring you another hero, better yet a duo, that I think deserve their chance to show what they can do: Cloak and Dagger

First appearing on the pages of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider Man in 1982, they eventually were granted their own short run in '83. They have had both their own runs, along with partner runs and appearances in many other comics since then. Aside from Spider Man they have also appeared with Doctor Strange, The Runaways, and X-Men. FreeForm, formally ABC Family, just announced at tv series for the duo in the works for next year.


Tyrone "Ty" Johnson (Cloak) was a 17-year-old boy from Boston, Massachusetts with a debilitating stutter and ran away to New York City when his speech impediment prevented him from stopping his friend from stepping in front of a moving vehicle.

Tandy Bowen (Dagger) was a 16-year-old girl from a privileged upbringing who ran away because her multi-millionaire supermodel mother was too busy with her career and social life to spend time with her daughter. Tandy's father had left for India seeking "spiritual rebirth."

When they met, Tyrone considered stealing Tandy's purse, only to be shamed when she kindly offered him money. A thief stole the purse and Tyrone retrieved it for her. Afterwards, they had dinner and became fast friends. When naive Tandy accepted an offer of shelter from some strange men, wary Tyrone went along to protect her. The two teens were soon forcibly delivered to criminal chemist Simon Marshall developing a new synthetic heroin for Silvermane and the Maggia, testing it on runaway teens with fatal results. Johnson and Bowen somehow survived injections of the drug and they fled. During their escape, the drug turned them into super-powered beings (this is later retconned that they were both actually mutants and that the drug had simply awakened their latent abilities). Tyrone found himself engulfed in darkness and seized by a strange hunger which eased in the presence of Tandy glowing with a brilliant light. Trying to hide his newly shadowy appearance in a makeshift cloak, Tyrone began absorbing Marshall's thugs into his darkness while Tandy struck them down with daggers of light. The two teens dubbed themselves "Cloak & Dagger" and declared war on drug crime in combating drug-dealers and helping runaway children.

Their mutant gene origin has since been changed in the comics attributing their powers to the drug. Later it was revealed that during this time, demon and Fear Lord, D'Spayre had manipulated these events from behind the scenes. Which I think opens them up to easy ways to work them into the current MCU; either as Inhumans or using supernatural/mystical origins. Either way allows for a tie-in.



Tyrone acquired D'Spayre's Dark Form, which gave him the ability to create an aperture into the dimension of darkness and to dispatch people into the darkness dimension. He also gained the abilities of intangibility, and the teleportation of himself and others through the dimension of darkness. Cloak feels a constant "hunger" which can only be assuaged by "feeding" either on light projected by Dagger or on light consumed from victims dispatched to the dimension of darkness. He later develops better control of his "hunger".

Darkforce Conduit

Darkforce Teleportation

Darkforce Channeling]

Darkforce Intagibility


Tandy has the ability to create psionic "light daggers" which travel wherever she wills them, and which drain living beings of vitality when struck. Her "light daggers" also have the capacity to cure certain persons of drug addictions, and can alleviate Cloak's hunger for light (which simultaneously allows her to avoid becoming overcharged).

Living Light Generation

- Light Daggers

-Living Light Manipulation

-Living Light Detoxification

For the most part, Cloak and Dagger didn't fight many typical villains. Their main focus, especially early on, was in ridding the streets of drugs. However, they have come against several villains. I believe the main ones that are usable for this show would be Simon Marshall, D'Spayre, Mister Jip (along with Day and Night). There is also Mayhem, a former cop who went insane after being drawn into Cloak's dark dimension. She gained the power to turn into a gas-like entity and can release poisonous toxins, along with having razor-sharp claws. She has fought alongside C&D but can also act too extreme for their liking.

Now for casting choices...


Shameik Moore

Tequan Richmond

Stephan James


Olivia Holt

Willow Shields

AnnaSophia Robb

So, let me know what you all you like Cloak and Dagger? Do you find them pointless? Like my casting possibilities? Hate them? Tell me below.


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