Marvels Cloak and Dagger have had an up and down journey with Marvel. They have appeared in a number of limited series. Made countless guest appearances for other Marvel titles. They are a household name. So why do Marvel not invest in them more? As we comic diehard fans know, Marvel had introduced their All New All Different lineup. Cloak and Dagger were not part of it at all. Infact they are not even on any of the team lineups. Why? Well I think it might be a decision that bases on a very sensitive issue...interracial relationships.
Now, i have said that I applaud Marvel for embracing diversity. I truly think it's magnificent what they have done. But with Cloak and Dagger it's slightly different. I'll explain in due course.
Who are Cloak and Dagger?
Cloak and Dagger were teenage runaways. They both went to New York City for a better life. However, there was a very different fate for them in store.
Tandy Bowen: Dagger.
Tandy Bowen grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the daughter of a multimillionaire and his trophy supermodel wife. Her dad abandoned the family while Tandy was very young, and her mother was too busy with her career and social life to pay much attention to the girl. Even her boyfriend forgot about her as soon as he went to college. Feeling empty and alone, Tandy boarded a bus for New York City with dreams of becoming a dancer.
Tyrone Johnson: Cloak
Tyrone Johnson, or Ty, had a very different background. Ty was raised in the slums of South Boston, Massachusetts, and had been born with a speech impediment. When his best friend died because Ty was unable to say the words that might have saved him, the distraught teenager fled his hometown. He ended up in a bus station in Manhattan, hungry and ready to turn to stealing to eat.
The two teenagers met while Tyrone was planning to rob Tandy. However, he felt a huge tint of guilt when Tandy offered him money before he was going to rob her. However, another robber mugged Tandy and Tyrone caught the robber and returned Tandys money to her. The two became best friends in New York.
However, they met a crazed scientists called Simon Marshall. Marshall preyed on vulnerable kids and homeless people. He promised them money for "safe" injections. He approached Tandy with the offer and she said yes.
Simon Marshall: Crazed scientist.
Tyrone came along to the venue due to him being suspicious. When they got there, they were knocked out and injected.
The injection was a heroine substitution but both survived and got their powers. That was the side effects. Their powers were...Cloak can teleport through darkness, send victims through the dark realm. Dagger can use the light. She can throw light daggers and manipulate light. They escaped the compound and took residents in a church. It was then they decided to help the vulnerable of New York as Cloak and Dagger.
Spectacular Spiderman #64. Cloak and Daggers first appearance.
So Cloak and Dagger made sporadic appearances. They continued in this vein from the start. They made there first comic limited series shortly after.
Cloak and Daggers first comic solo.
To the last..
They then made continous appearances throughout...in mainly Spiderman...
Now this has been the main issue with some when it comes to Tyrone and Tandy. They are romantically involved. Now back in the 80s it was not widely recognised for comic characters to be in a interracial relationship. Tyrone is African-American and Tandy is Caucasian. Many feel (like me) that this is why they are not continuous.
I am not the only one to see this. There are others who feel that Cloak and Dagger have been short changed because of their ethnicity. Even though they are a excellent crime fighting duo. But it seems that some back then could not see past colour....again.
Tyrone and Tandy meet in the 616 Marvel universe prior to their experimented phase...
Feelings are developing for one another..
It becomes a broken record that in the 20th century (back in the 80s) and even to now people had major issues..
And there are positives also...
You see when it comes to racism. There is one aspect that really gets under a racists nose. And that is interracial relationships. But not just any interracial relationship. The one interracial relationship racist can not STAND is between a black man and a white woman. Is this why Marvel would not give Cloak and Dagger a full series? Back in the 80s I could understand that there would be an issue. But what about now? As I stated, Marvel have done a top job in promoting diversity. Their All New lineup has embraced this. However, is Cloak and Dagger still a step to far? Has Marvel bypassed Cloak and Dagger because maybe promoting them would be overpromoting diversity? Maybe not. Cloak and Dagger appeared most recent with Miles Morales with the Ultimates.
Cloak and Dagger appeared in the Ultimates.
So I credit Marvel for that. But surely Cloak and Dagger are just as marketable (if not moreso) than Inferno, Karnak, Squadron Supreme, Medusa. Who are all getting titles in the All New All Different range. This is why I am at a loss. Even if they do not get a comic title maybe a tv series. There was talk of a Cloak and Dagger series. Which I would embrace. But is it a gamble worth taking? I think it is but are people going to embrace the characters with awesome powers? Or are they just going to judge Cloak and Daggers relationship? It's actually sad that this is a question. However, i remember when All New All Different lineup came out. The feedback by some users was simply disgusting. But with Cloak and Dagger I really do think they should go for a tv series. For one, it would give the duo great exposure just like Racoon and Groot have had in Guardians of the Galaxy. Exposure is the key.
Cloak and Dagger have massive potential. I applaud Marvel for publishing them. Very disappointed that they are not part of the New lineup.
From Tandy and Tyrone...to Cloak and Dagger.
Cloak and Dagger in action.
Cloak and Dagger in reverse.
Cloak and Dagger.
In conclusion. Cloak and Dagger have been around for 40 years. They are popular enough to have a comic series. It is the 21st century and at this day and age. Mixed relationships should not be frowned upon but encouraged. This is why I embrace diversity so much because in all actualality colour should NEVER EVER be an issue. I do hope that Marvel grant a tv series. Knocking down the racial barriers with promoting diversity is a perfect start. Marvel have done it with their comics....I hope they do it with their tv series.
Cloak and Dagger fans.