Variety says the series is coming to the Disney-owned channel Freeform, which was rebranded from ABC Family, and is set to appeal more toward a millennial-skewing audience, rather than families or teenagers.
Variety has a synopsis for the upcoming series which sounds pretty identical to the comic book origins:
“The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.”
In the comics, the characters were runaways who meet on the street, but are soon kidnapped and forcibly tested on with a street drug, which gave them superpowers. This was later retconned as the drug unlocking their latent mutant powers, but considering Fox has the rights to Marvel’s mutants, it’s unlikely that part of the origin would transfer over.
While the article doesn’t confirm this, I am assuming that Cloak and Dagger will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making it the ninth announced television series, the fourth on an ABC network, and the 21st known property in the MCU. As of right now, there seems to be three sub-universes in the MCU: The films, the Netflix series, and the ABC series. While all three technically exist in the same universe, they rarely crossover, other than a few remarks here and there.
Cloak and Dagger will be part of the ABC corner of the universe, so crossovers with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or the upcoming Marvel’s Most Wanted seem to make the most amount of sense. However, I can’t help but wonder that if there is a character from another series who would pop up in the Freeform series; it makes more sense for it to be from a Netflix series, as Cloak and Dagger also live in New York City. Someone like Luke Cage or Daredevil.
This brings up a larger issue, which is how much bigger can the MCU get? Right now, the television shows dance around the events in the films. For instance, when Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiered, it had a huge effect on the television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, The Winter Soldier had been in the can a year before the first episode of Agents premiered.
Similarly, Captain America: Civil War will have an effect on all the superheroes moving forward, which should include S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Secret Warriors, and Netflix series like Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones. When Cloak and Dagger premieres, those characters could find themselves being hunted down by the government, as well, for being unregistered super-humans.
There is currently no premiere date or cast information for Cloak and Dagger.