Marvel Studios Countdown: 'Inhumans,' 'Runaways,' 'Cloak And Dagger' Take To Your TV

Marvel Studios Countdown: 'Inhumans,' 'Runaways,' 'Cloak And Dagger' Take To Your TV

Jan 31, 2017

In case you didn’t know, and what card-carrying Marvel Zombie wouldn’t, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok are all on their way to movie screens later this year. What about the small screen Marvel Cinematic Universe? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be back for another season, and Netflix will introduce Iron Fist in March, with The Defenders and The Punisher landing sometime before the year’s end.

But wait there’s more!

Marvel took The Inhumans off its movie slate after the groundwork had been laid in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Inhumans are people with dormant genes which can be activated by alien “Terrigan mists.” Now The Inhumans will be coming to theaters in a roundabout way, with an exclusive IMAX premiere of the first two episodes of a television series that will premiere on ABC in September of this year. Roel Reine, master of the DTV action sequel (Death Race 2 and 3, The Condemned 2, 12 Rounds 2, Hard Target 2, Scorpion King 3) will shoot the first two episodes entirely with IMAX’s large format cameras.

From all reports, the TV version of The Inhumans will feature the same characters that were slated for the movie version - the Inhuman royal family (read our character guide here). Though Vin Diesel was entertaining the notion of playing clan patriarch Black Bolt, it seems less likely now that the project has moved to television. Still, the roles of Black Bolt and especially Medusa and Maximus the Mad are choice MCU characters, so expect some familiar faces to step in there.

Meanwhile, Hulu is getting The Runaways from the creative forces behind Gossip Girl. The series was announced in August, but nothing much else about the show has been released. The acclaimed source comics (some of which are written by Avengers director Joss Whedon) tell the story of super-powered teenagers who discover their parents are part of a secret cabal of super-villains and are forced to go on the run. It’s a tidy, high-concept pitch for a series, and we can totally see how the comics hit would work for TV. It feels likely for Hulu’s Fall season, though dates are unconfirmed.


That leads us to Cloak and Dagger, cult favorite superheroes who have never quite been successful at keeping their own comic series afloat. Spinning out of the pages of Spider-Man in 1982, Tyrone Johnson (Cloak) and Tandy Bowen (Dagger) were street kids and fast friends who were kidnapped by the mob and subjected to a synthetic drug which unlocked their super powers. Cloak became a living shadow, gripped by a hunger for light, and Dagger was turned into a perpetual light source who could focus her light into throwing daggers. Throughout their career as superheroes, they’ve been mostly “street level,” assisting kids who were in the same trouble they were, and carrying out a vendetta against drug lords.

It’s likely the TV series will keep the classic origin over the revamped “Ultimate” one, which had Johnson and Bowen as teen sweethearts who died in a car accident and were resurrected with powers by an evil corporation. There’s a social conscience to the classic 80’s comics that’s been missing from their modern adventures, and we suspect a TV series would go back to that material for maximum dramatic effect. No date has been set for the premiere, but production on the Freeform exclusive series starts soon in New Orleans. "Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of) and Olivia Holt (the voice of Ultimate Spider-Man's Spider-Girl) will fill the roles of Cloak and Dagger, respectively."

And if that’s not enough, outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox is premiering Legion (an X-Men related series about a mutant with a head full of personalities, each with their own abilities) in February and ramping up a new secret X-Men series (about parents on the run with their mutant child, with a pilot from Bryan Singer). That new show might not happen this year, but it’ll all depend on scheduling.

So, if you were worried about any long, hard drought between Marvel movies, they’ve got you covered. Three feature films and a half-dozen TV projects should keep you busy for a while. You’re barely going to have time to read the comics that inspired them all in the first place.

 

 

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