Marvel Characters Iron Fist, Cloak and Dagger Come Alive On the Small Screen

Marvel Characters Iron Fist, Cloak and Dagger Come Alive On the Small Screen
PHOTOGRAPH: Marvel's Iron Fist | Photo shows Finn Jones as Danny Rand with Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey in `Iron Fist.’

After viewers’ positive reception of Luke Cage, now comes Iron Fist from Netflix, that just released the second trailer. It gives viewers a peek at what to be expected from the outset from Danny Rand, the show’s protagonist.

Viewers unfamiliar with the original Marvel comic book series Power Man and Iron Fist will share the clueless look of the receptionist (Rosario Dawson) in the trailer when Danny (Finn Jones) walks into his family company’s headquarters. It is at that moment that he proclaims himself to be Iron Fist.

The series that promises to have it all,  more so since it has to live up to the successful web television series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. While the Iron Fist trailer is a bit humorous, the rest of the series will reportedly stream more drama and action, with Danny displaying his mystical martial arts skills as Iron Fist.

With would-be usurpers trying to wrest control of his family’s organization, Danny must now become Iron Fist. He will use those same skills he learned from the other side of the planet.

Cloak and Dagger Come to Freeform

Meanwhile, Disney Channel star Olivia Holt will portray Tandy Bowen or “Dagger,” while Aubrey Joseph will tackle the role of Tyrone Johnson or “Cloak” in another television adaptation of the Marvel Comics duo.  Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) will direct the first episode of Cloak and Dagger that will be shown on Freeform.

Produced by Joe Pokaski, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, the film’s executive producers, Cloak and Dagger has been in the works for about five years. It was a work-in -progress of ABC Family, Freeform’s predecessor.

Described as a coming-of-age, live-action drama series, the show follows the story of Tandy, accustomed to the rich life, and Tyrone, a black kid with a starkly different background. After being injected with an experimental drug (as related in the comics), the two teens find they have been granted powers of light and darkness.

Tandy (Dagger) is able to emit daggers of light while Tyrone’s body can become amorphous and spread like darkness to swallow up victims like a “Cloak.” Tandy’s unexpected encounter with Tyrone sets the stage for their formidable tandem.

On The Tough Task of Bringing Marvel Characters to the Screen

It is surprising that Marvel brought separate Luke Cage and Iron Fist shows to the screen. The two characters worked well together in the original comic book series, Power Man and Iron Fist.

Danny Rand was the billionaire white man with a lot of toys, while Luke Cage (Power Man) was the black man who envied none of his possessions. Whether the Iron Fist series can bring to life much of the characterization that made the comics a successful series is anybody’s guess.

In the comics, Dagger’s costume is a refashioned, sexier ballet dress. The question is whether Olivia Holt would wear a similar outfit. For his part, Cloak wears a blue and black shroud, the darkness from which engulfs people. Now how that can be translated to the screen carries huge expectations from Marvel comic book fans.


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