Disney provided hotel and Transportation to LA for the Ant-Man And the Wasp press event and it included a Q&A with Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger……
What is Cloak & Dagger?
Cloak and Dagger is a new Marvel TV series that plays on Freeform every Thursday night 8:00 / 7:00 Central. It’s about the two comic book characters known as Cloak and Dagger a couple destined to be together but are they?
Episodes 1-4 have already aired and they start out pretty slowly. We screened episode five which finally feels like our characters have realized they have powers and started to take advantage of them. For me Cloak and Dagger feels unlike any other Marvel TV series, even though some say it has a Luke Cage kinda feel. As I re-watch the episodes I’m starting to see more and more details and I’m able to put more and more together. They have a complex gift, family life and connection and as the story goes on I think it’s all going to unravel. I’m wondering if their stories are even going to intertwine in such a way we learn how they got their powers.
Q&A with Andrea Roth (“Melissa Bowen”), Miles Mussenden (“Michael Johnson”) and Executive Producer Joe Pokaski
After the screening we had our Q&A and didn’t learn a whole lot because Marvel is so tight lipped. We did learn though that the parents have their own stories and we will be learning more about them as the series goes on.
Joe wrote an idea for Cloak and Dagger over five years ago and pitched it to ABC Family and it was shoved in a desk. It was later found and people wondered why it wasn’t already on the air. So it got the green light.
Andrea Roth said that the writing of this show is so good for even the adult characters and that all of her friends are addicted to the show. Andrea also talked about being a mom and how parenting a teen on screen is pretty fabulous because Olivia Holt is the perfect girl to be working with. It’s also easy because you can walk away from it. Parenting in real life is 24 hours a day.
About the Music
Joe talked a lot about the music and how it has to have a lot of different genres. He also spoke about his request for all the music to be driving. It has to move you into the next scene or just help make the current scene move. He’s not afraid to use music like hip hop when needed and music you’ve never heard of in the next.
One of the questions that was asked is if there will be any redemption for Tandy’s mom?
YES! Everyone has the opportunity for redemption. Her story is going to get really good around episode 8.
Why was it in New Orleans?
Joe steaked out a lot of locations and just felt that it had to be in New Orleans. He said that New Orleans is very European and that how could it not be there. It had to be there. And watching how the characters’ powers work, I agree and think he made a great choice. Plus, someone said, New York is already overprotected.
Have you learned anything as a parent?
Andrea said, “ease off the booze”. Which was funny because of course she doesn’t drink as much as her TV character does.
He talked a lot about his son and how he has to protect him. He took him to a birthday party where everyone was playing with toy guns that looked so real. He noticed that the only other parent of an African American child also stayed. It’s something he has to be aware of. He also told us that his son loves to wear hoodies and he’s told his son he might want to steer clear of them. It’s this kind of perspective that has been brought into the show to make it so good.
Joe talked about how many different writers have been brought in and why they were brought in. Just because he worked on a show like Daredevil for Netflix doesn’t mean he knows what it’s like to be a teen girl or black guy in the South. Cloak and Dagger has a grittiness to it that you aren’t going to feel in other programs. And if you started it and thought it was too slow, give it a chance, some programs just need that time to really set up a story. And this one is taking off.