image: Freeform Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt as Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger Sneak Peek Shows Us a Meet-Cute That’s Not Particularly Cute

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I’ve been looking forward to a live-action Cloak and Dagger for a long time, and with the success of Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu, I have high hopes for Freeform’s upcoming adaptation of the adventures of this teen superhero duo. Check out the sneak peek above!

In it, Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) meet at the kind of high school party to which I was never invited. She spills a drink on him, then apologetically tries to sop up the mess, patting down his jacket with her hat. For a moment, there seems to be a cute connection. Then she offers to get paper towels…and doesn’t come back. Tyrone notices his wallet’s been stolen, and when he spots her about to pickpocket someone else, he runs after her, chasing her into a nearby graveyard. That’s when things get weird.

When he tries to grab her to get his wallet back, a beam of light from her hand knocks him back, seemingly cutting into him. And as she stares at her hand wondering what the hell just happened, he looks at his own hand and torso, which now have a black mist seeping out.

image: Freeform Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt as Cloak and Dagger

Here’s the official synopsis:

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger is the story of Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson– two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to control the power of darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart.

I’ve always been a sucker for teen superheroes, and a Cloak and Dagger show now has the potential to really delve into larger issues and concerns that not only affect teenagers, but that are affecting society and politics more broadly. The original Cloak and Dagger comics didn’t shy away from the issues that brought Tyrone and Tandy into their respective situations in the first place: teen runaways, drug use, poverty/class, etc.

The fact that these two eventually embark on an interracial romance can lead to a nuanced look at racism in this country. For example, my very first thought in watching this sneak peek was: Holy shit, if anyone saw him chasing after her, he’d be the one to get in trouble. Hopefully, this show won’t turn away from difficult topics like that, even as it, you know, does the superhero thing and allows us to have fun while watching heroes take down bad guys.

What do you think? Will you be watching Cloak and Dagger?

Well, you’ll have to wait a hot minute. Cloak and Dagger‘s two-hour premiere comes to Freeform on June 7th. 

(via /Film, image: Freeform)
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