In a reveal I’m pretty excited about, Marvel’s TV lineup is getting a new addition with a Cloak and Dagger series order underway.
Deadline broke the news that Freeform, formerly ABC Family, is moving ahead with the series focusing on Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, who despite different upbringings, fall in love and discover they both have powers. I’m a fan of this move as Cloak and Dagger don’t have a complicated comics history with little definitive stories allowing for a lot of freedom in the TV format.
But why stop there? Here’s three more Marvel properties that would easily make the transition to the small screen.
The New Warriors — I’m shocked this isn’t already underway somewhere. Six teenage heroes: Night Thrasher, Nova, Namorita, Marvel Boy/Justice, Firestar and Speedball have enough trouble dealing with life as teenagers and figuring out what they want to do with their lives.
Do they become professionals and join the working class or train and prepare for the big leagues and eventually get that NBA/NFL raffle ticket and become an Avenger? There’s so many teen focused networks that this would be a no-brainer.
TV execs don’t even have to look too hard for inspiration as the original series by Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley is an ideal starting point: New Warriors Omnibus – Volume 1
Thunderbolts — A team of new heroes arrive on the scene to fill the void left by The Avengers. Only in a shocking twist, they’re actually a team of super villains pulling the ultimate con. It doesn’t take long before the team members start realizing they enjoy this charade and want to be the heroes they’re pretending to be.
This was another classic 90s title that is still fondly remembered today. Thunderbolts Classic – Volume 1 The theme of redemption and exploring if villains really can be change who they are would fun to explore as it’s just as essential to the story as powers and super power conflicts.
Ghost Rider – The first Nicholas Cage film Ghost Rider (Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] wasn’t that bad. The real issue is Ghost Rider isn’t the kind of character that lends himself to a two-hour adventure. Broken up into hour long installments where Johnny Blaze is on the run from police for a crime he didn’t commit, travels though random areas and helps out people while fighting criminals whether using his daredevil cycling skills or when he turns into the Spirit of Vengeance. And occasionally, he’ll encounter some supernatural opponents. Think Grimm meets The Fugitive.