So you've just finished riding the Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 train, and still your hunger for all things isn't fulfilled. Well Marvel fans, no worries, since Freeform TV will be broadcasting the new teenage origin story Cloak & Dagger on June 7, 2018. To get you prepped for the show, or just to have a nice tidbit of trivia after watching it, here are 5 interesting facts about the super-dynamic duo, Cloak and Dagger.
1. They first appeared in 'Peter Parker, Spectacular Spiderman #64.'
Cloak and Dagger didn't begin with their own comic but instead appeared in the 80s comic, Spectacular Spiderman #64. After getting good feedback, Marvel would go on to green-light them a 4-issue mini-series which debuted in 1983 and went on to great success. With the good sales from the mini-series being another go-ahead for Marvel, they would launch a bi-monthly comic series for the characters in 1985.
2. They first began as a fight not against a super villain, but the war on drugs.
Cloak & Dagger's enemies weren't masked mustachio-twirling villains, but instead drug kingpins and crime bosses. This is due in part to the teenagers having their powers given via experimental drugs akin to a synthetic heroin, which had a near 100% fatality rate. Ty and Tandy survived, and finding out the test subjects were runaway kids like them, decided to shut the drug racket down.
3. Their comic dealt with the very real disability of being blind.
During one of their series, "The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger," series writer Terry Austin decided to give Dagger the disability of being blind, and spent a lot of time with the American Foundation of the Blind to understand in-depth the daily struggles and achievements of living a life as a blind person presents. This concern to treat the disability with respect to the character and to the readers is what sets the Cloak and Dagger series apart—by creating deeper stories instead of just making a villain-of-the-week type of story train.
4. They appeared in the popular Sega Genesis game, 'Maximum Carnage.'
One of the greatest games of its time, Maximum Carnage was a Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo video game made by Software Creations and Acclaim Entertainment in the year 1994. The game pit you as Spiderman and Venom going against the insane symbiote villain, Carnage, and a cohort of other super villains. The game had the style of a beat-em-up akin to Double Dragon, and was one of the first games to be made straight from a comic book adaptation. In it, Cloak and Dagger appear as supporting characters you can summon to help put down the blood-red bad guy for good.
5. And they appeared in another Marvel property, 'Runaways.'
If you're a true fan of Marvel, then you must have seen their other hit teenage super show, Runaways. Streaming on Hulu, it had several L.A. teens finding out about their powers and their that they must use them against their evil parents. The comic was a gem of its time, written by the acclaimed Brian K. Vaughn, and featuring a multi-racial and differing sexualities cast. The comic dealt with watching your first heroes, your parents, fall from grace, and what it means to grow up in a superworld. In the comic Runaways, Cloak and Dagger make an appearance to help the teenage team do that very same thing.
So here were 5 fun facts about the hit super duo, Cloak & Dagger. Know if any extra fun facts about the pair? Have fun watching Marvel's Cloak & Dagger on Freeform.