The CW has released the first full trailer for its upcoming series, Black Lightning. The series will introduce the first African-American superhero in DC comics to live-action. Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil created the series, which stars Cress Williams as the titular character and Christine Adams as his ex-wife. The series explores the world of being a superhero mixed with family life.

Here's the official description:
Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. Nine years ago, Pierce was gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, which he used to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life and his family on the line, he left his Super Hero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.
For more info, check out: Black Lightning: 15 Powers You Didn't Know He Had

Are you looking forward to Black Lightning?

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Spider-Man 3 (2007) - Stan Lee, Peter Parker (Tobey McGuire)
A Stan Lee cameo is the best way to make sure a movie is successful.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017) carries the tradition of Stan Lee cameos. Lee has always joked that his cameos make movies more successful. Back when Josh Trank's Fantastic Four bombed he said, "Well, it was probably because I didn’t have a cameo in it, and they didn’t discuss the story with me." Does a Stan Lee cameo mean a movie is more successful? The answer is yes, and the reason may surprise you.

Who is Stan Lee?

For those who aren’t familiar with him, Stan Lee is a 93-year-old comic book writer who co-created some of the most popular Marvel superheroes. Along with artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko he created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men and dozens of other popular characters.

He helped expand Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation covering movies, television, and newspaper comic strips. Today he’s the face of Marvel Comics and his trademark glasses, mustache and catch-phrases like “Excelsior” have become part of American culture.

Since the 1990s he began appearing in live-action movies and television. Usually, he plays a minor character and has no speaking part, but occasionally he does get a line or two. From having him pop up to give Mr. Fantastic a stack of letters to asking for his shoe back, spotting a Stan Lee cameo is a time-honored tradition in Marvel films. His appearance, even if it’s just a photo, is headline news.

How Many Stan Lee Cameos Are There?

Since the 1970s, Television shows and movies have based on Marvel comics. It was in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) that Stan Lee made his first cameo as a juror. There have been 56 live-action movies and TV shows based on Marvel superheroes. Not all of them have a guest appearance by Stan Lee. 39 Marvel movies do, but 17 do not.

For reference, here are all the movies and TV shows that have a cameo by Stan Lee

  • The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • Spider-Man (2002)
  • Daredevil (2003)
  • Hulk (2003)
  • X2: X-Men United (2003)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • Man-Thing (2005)
  • Fantastic Four (2005)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Marvel's Daredevil (2015)
  • Marvel's Agent Carter (2015)
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Marvel's Daredevil (2016)
  • Marvel's Luke Cage (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Deadpool: No Good Deed (2017)
  • Marvel's Iron Fist (2017)
Here are all the movies and TV shows that Stan Lee doesn’t have a cameo in since the 1980s

  • Howard the Duck (1986)
  • The Punisher (1989)
  • Captain America (1990)
  • The Fantastic Four (1994)
  • Blade (1998)
  • Blade II (2002)
  • The Punisher (2004)
  • Blade: Trinity (2004)
  • Elektra (2005)
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Punisher: War Zone (2008)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • Fantastic Four (2015)
Stan Lee is scheduled to have a cameo in

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)

It’s a pretty exhaustive list but, when you look at it, a pattern does start to emerge especially when you compare it with the Rotten Tomatoes score of the films.

What Does Rotten Tomatoes Tell Us About Stan Lee Cameos?

Rotten Tomatoes takes all the professional critical reviews for a movie or television show and gives an average percentage. They take that percentage and give the property a score based on how positive the average is: “Certified Fresh” (70 or higher), “Fresh” (60 or higher), or “Rotten” (59% or lower). It’s just an average, so it’s possible that some people love a movie rated “Rotten” and some might hate a film rated “Fresh”. It’s controversial, but a good way to gauge the success or failure of a property.

It’s less subjective than box office since a movie that’s poorly received sometimes gets a high box office because of marketing. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) made over $179 million but has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 38%. It's pretty bad. On the other hand, Blade (1998) only made $70 million but has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 54%. That explains why there have been two sequels and a TV series based on it.

It’s a fact that movies with Stan Lee cameos have a higher RT rating than movies without him. The RT average of movies with a Lee cameo is 73%, but without him, it drops to 36%. 90% of Marvel movies with a Stan Lee cameo have an RT score over 38% while 10% are certified “Rotten”. When you flip it, 65% of Marvel movies and TV shows without a Stan Lee cameo are certified “Rotten” while 35% are certified “Fresh”.

When you look at the box office numbers you see something similar. Most movies where Stan Lee’s mustache shows up are hits but they usually bomb without him.

What does that mean? Stan Lee pops up in a ton of popular Marvel properties. Coincidence?

Why Do Stan Lee Cameos Make Movies Better?

We can assume it’s not Lee’s acting skills that lead to higher returns. It’s not that he’s a terrible actor, but most of the time he doesn’t have any lines. In Iron Man, he doesn’t talk, but it’s still an awesome cameo.

Also, we have to accept that most of his cameos are by Marvel Studios and MCU movies tend to be successful. Not every Marvel superhero movie is made by Marvel Studios and he’s had some success in movies by Sony Entertainment and Fox Studios movies like Spider-Man and X-Men. But usually, the Marvel Studios films bring in the money. Being in popular movies raises his overall score. But there are some things that have everything to do with Stan “The Man”.

A Stan Lee cameo is usually pretty funny, but it has to fit the tone. Having Lee say, “Superheroes in New York? Give me a break” or “Oh, I am so fired” usually gets a laugh. That fits in The Avengers but it doesn’t fit in Fantastic Four (2015). The most popular superhero movies have a good sense of humor. One exception to that is when he was looking up at a nuclear missile launch in X-Men: Apocalypse. His cameos usually play on his natural sense of comic timing.

Another reason is that Stan Lee is an expert on his characters, so it’s worth getting his thoughts on the film. Not that a director is going to rewrite his movie based on Lee’s recommendations, but you’ll notice he made a point of saying that the makers of Fantastic Four never contacted him. Usually having him involved gives the movie some insight into the comic books. Lee wasn’t involved in Fantastic Four and it’s rumored that the director Josh Trank told the crew not to bother reading the comic books. Coincidence?

A final reason is that a Stan Lee cameo is part of a series of hidden jokes in the film, known as “Easter Eggs”. Details that reference comic book history without being obvious. Geeks like me love Easter Eggs and will watch a movie over and over for a glimpse of some random part of comic book lore. So, fans will go back to the theaters to see a Stan Lee cameo. Mo’ money. Mo’ money. Mo’ money.

Stan Lee definitely makes movies more popular because of his humor, style and comic book knowledge. So, the next time you see Stan Lee’s face pop up on-screen, feel free to yell “Excelsior!”

‘Nuff said.

How do you feel? Does a Stan Lee cameo make you enjoy a movie more? Which is your favorite cameo?

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Cast of Defenders (2017)
Who's joining the cast of the Inhumans Royal Family? What 80s video game is starring The Rock? How long does it take Zoe Saldana to turn into Gamora? Who is the Sith Lord Dennis?

Find out that and more in this week's Top "Geek Bits."

First Marvel’s Inhumans Photo Reveals the Royal Family

The first poster and teaser for ABC's next Marvel TV series Inhumans dropped this week. While it doesn't show LockJaw it does show the "royal family" including Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon and Ken Leung as Karnak.

(via Superhero Hype)

Dwayne Johnson Reveals New Rampage Movie Plot Details

Here's the description so far:

“I head up an anti poaching unit out of Rwanda. My best friend is a rare albino gorilla named, George. Very bad people infect George, an alligator and a wolf with a serum. All three animals grow at an unprecedented rate. Their size, speed, agility and violent aggression is off the charts. They go on a deadly rampage and want to destroy the world. George not happy. Me not happy. When animals like you, they lick you. When they don’t like you, they kill you. I will hunt down the bad people who did this to my best friend.”

I can't say I'm super excited about this one, but I'll follow Rock on this journey.
(via Screen Rant)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Zoe Saldana Shares Gamora Makeup Timelapse Video

Gamora Makeup Time-Lapse from GKMC on Vimeo.

(via Screen Rant )

Guide to Mos Eisley Cantina

No Droids Served Here: Scum and Villainy of the Mos Eisley Cantina
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(via Halloween Costumes)

McG no longer directing Masters of the Universe

Thank goodness... David S. Goyer is writing the He-Man reboot, now slated for a 2019 release

Worst Star Wars Knock-Off Toys Ever

Here's a list of hilariously bad knockoffs of Star Wars toys. Dennis doesn't sound as menacing to me as Darth Maul. Click the link for more.

VOTD: Watch ‘Star Wars’ Fan Adam Scott Get Surprised by Mark Hamill

(via Slashfilm)

What do you think of this week's links?

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If you love "Star Wars" and you get TBS on cable and you're not watching "Star Wars" right now, cancel your plans for the rest of the day. TBS is celebrating Star Wars Day by running a marathon of the entire "Star Wars" original and prequel trilogy all day. No "Force Awakens," but it's still a win. Check out the promo now.

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Today is Star Wars Day, as in "May the Fourth Be With You." It's been an annual celebration for almost a decade, a time to rejoice over all things "Star Wars." With the third new Star Wars movie coming this year, we have even more to celebrate. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Star Wars Day.

1. The First "May the Fourth"

The earliest known reference to the pun was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The Conservatives placed an advertisement in The London Evening News, saying "May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations."

2. The First Star Wars Day

In 2011, Alice Quinn and Sean Ward organized the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day which took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web's best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen.

3. The Blu-Ray is Strong

Star Wars joined the celebration that same year by making a big announcement: the first Blu-Ray release of the movie series. Some fans were disappointed because they were hoping the announcement would be a brand-new Star Wars movie.

4. Mickey Loves Star Wars

Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars in late 2012. Since 2013, The Walt Disney Company has officially observed the holiday with several Star Wars events and festivities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

5. Minor League Jedi

Minor League baseball teams such as the Toledo Mud Hens and the Durham Bulls have worn special uniforms (like the above "Chewbacca" uniform) as part of Star Wars Day promotions.

6. Star Wars in Space

On Star Wars Day 2015, the official NASA Twitter account shared this pic of astronauts in the International Space Station watching Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. It may not be the first time astronauts have watched Star Wars in space, because they have free access to movies and TV in their off-hours. Hopefully, they watched better ones.

7. Revenge of the Fifth

The following day, May 5, has come to be called "Revenge of the Fifth," a play on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. On this day, fans join the "Dark Side" by celebrating the Sith Lords from the Star Wars series.

8. May the 14th

May 14th is the birthday of George Lucas. It's probably not a coincidence that he released every one of his Star Wars movies in May the week after his birthday. The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars movie to be released in any other month of the year.

9. The Fourth Awakens

The Los Angeles City Council was the first U.S. city to create an official holiday by declaring May 25, 2007 as Star Wars Day, in honor of the 30th anniversary release date of Star Wars.

10. Geek Pride Day

A separate initiative for observing Geek Pride Day on May 25 is based on the Star Wars connection along with ties to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Towel Day) and Discworld.

How will you celebrate Star Wars Day?

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High heels are a creation of the sexist patriarchy, intended to demean and degrade women's value. At least, that's what you'd believe if you spent time on Tumblr. That's why some eyebrows were raised when Wonder Woman appeared in "Batman v Superman" and the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie wearing high heels. We're not talking about when she was dancing with Bruce Wayne, but fighting against Doomsday.

You can't really tell in these photos, but you could get a good look when the costumes were on display at Comic-Con.

Given how Wonder Woman is being positioned as a feminist icon, some people questioned this fashion choice. Why does Wonder Woman, raised from birth as a feminist with no male influence, wear high heels? And with sandals, no less?

Well, it turns out it's because the female director Patty Jenkins wanted her to.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she explained:
“It’s total wish-fulfillment,” she says, adding that the warriors have flats for heavy fighting. “I, as a woman, want Wonder Woman to be hot as hell, fight badass, and look great at the same time — the same way men want Superman to have huge pecs and an impractically big body. That makes them feel like the hero they want to be. And my hero, in my head, has really long legs.”
She did explain that, during combat, the Amazons switch to flats. That's practical.

What do you think? Should Wonder Woman have high heels?

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After almost a decade of teasing and missed starts, we finally (maybe) have a date for when the sequel to the blockbuster "Avatar" will hit theaters. On the official "Avatar" Facebook page, James Cameron announced the release date of "Avatar 2," but there was also a surprise.

That's right, there will be not just one or even two sequels to "Avatar." Cameron has mapped out a whopping four sequels, making a total of five "Avatar" movies in total, and that's before they even started production on the second movie.

RELATED: Avatar is Good, Not Great [Review]

Regular readers of this blog will know what we've been pretty hard on the CGI-heavy, visual effects laden, takes-itself-too-seriously, cliche-riddled White Savior "science fantasy" movie "Avatar." Which is why we're kind of baffled as to how we got to a place where there needs to be five of these movies in the world. Here's why:

1) The First Movie Barely Told a Story

As we proved scientifically before, the first "Avatar" was badly-written. Even its greatest fans will admit it's not written too well. Most of it was bloated with stunning visual sequences to hide the fact that the story could have been written on a cocktail napkin with room left over for the closing credits. If Cameron couldn't come up with enough material for a single movie, it staggers the imagination that Cameron has found a way to pad out the story for four more movies.

From some reports, the sequels will be about the Avatar "Universe," exploring other planets in the solar system and beyond. That gives him more room, since he's pretty much tapped the story on Pandora, but it remains to be seen if Cameron has enough ideas to sustain it. We personally are doubtful.

2) Nobody Makes Pentalogies On Purpose
Hollywood is currently in the throes of "trilogy-itis." No successful movie can be made without the studio desperately trying to wring three movies out of it, and usually the series stalls at the second movie. It's very hard to make a concept sustain itself for even three movies, let alone four. And five is unheard-of.

It's been done a few times successfully with movies like "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Transformers" and "Die Hard," but most of those movies have one thing in common: by the fifth movie, people are complaining the series has gone on too long. But sometimes they manage to pull it off. Look at the "Fast and the Furious" franchise which is still going strong at nine movies with demand for more.

The difference between "Avatar" and all those other pentalogies (bet you didn't even know that was a word) is that none of them were planned as a pentalogy. Usually, the studio will plan for a trilogy, find demand after the third movie, and crank out another two. The idea that Cameron and the studio is so confident that the sequel will be a success that audiences will demand three more seems like the height of hubris. The original movie was a huge success, but that's no guarantee the sequels will match it. If "Avatar 2" flops, the studio will have set itself up with an epic problem: cancel the series at two with egg on their faces or plow forward with the third with fingers crossed it will do better. And the process might repeat with "Avatar 3."

3) Even Quadrilogies Flop
Movie studios dig themselves into a real hole when they try to plan too far in advance. If Cameron wants to see what could happen to his planned pentalogy, they should talk to Lionsgate, makers of the Divergent series. When they announced "Divergent" sequels in 2013, they confidently announced they would be making it into a quadrilogy. It seemed like a safe bet, since they had a hit three-book series to work from, and they figured they could pad out the third book into two. It had worked for "Harry Potter" and "Hunger Games," right?

Well, by the second movie, the steam had drained out of the franchise. The third movie underperformed so badly that Lionsgate cancelled the theatrical release of the fourth and is trying to recoup their losses by turning the fourth movie into a TV movie with a possible series to follow. Even that isn't a guarantee. So much for the Divergent Quadrilogy.

Or they could talk to Sony Pictures, which planned out an ambitious four-film series based on their "Amazing Spider-Man" property. The plan was to release "Amazing Spider-Man 2," which would spin-off into a "Sinister Six" and "Venom" movie. They had release dates and everything, only to have it all flame out on the dismal failure of "Amazing Spider-Man 2." Sony gave Spider-Man back to Marvel, and quietly walked away.

It's not easy to make a hit movie series. Once again, Cameron seems pretty cocky to think he can pull it off.

4) James Cameron Wants to Be George Lucas

From interviews, it seems like Cameron isn't satisfied with being an Academy Award-winning director. He wants to be a science-fiction god the likes of George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry. He often talks more about the world he's created and how carefully he's designed it than he does about the actual movie. In short, he talks like Lucas, who loves to explain how he came up with lightsabers and Chewbacca more than he talks about character development and storytelling.

Frankly, Lucas is not someone to aspire to. Long before Disney quietly took away the keys to the Star Wars franchise and sent him off to his corner, Lucas had completely lost touch with "Star Wars" and what made it great. It's not a coincidence that the new movies are far better than any of the prequels Lucas created. He became more focused on being cheered at conventions and making toys than he was with making good movies.

Cameron seems to want the same thing, to create a science fiction universe that will be hailed by generations, and generate toys, spin-offs, and books. He's eager to get people wearing Avatar costumes and speaking Na'vi, and the movie itself seems like a means to that end. The difference is that "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" had unique and compelling worlds. "Avatar" is just recycled sci-fi cliches. Do we really need more of those?

5) The First Movie Sucked

Let's just say that again. The first movie sucked. We're not saying there isn't room for people loving it, and it's highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes, and we can understand why people like it, but it sucked. The only reason it's so beloved is because it had special effects unlike anything anyone had seen before, and that's not a reason to enjoy a movie. "Star Wars" has amazing special effects, but also a great story to go with it. Even if Lucas had filmed "Star Wars" with sets made of cardboard and lightsabers made of broomsticks, it would still be a good movie. Imagine if Cameron had made "Avatar" in the 1980s with actors painted blue jumping around trees in Southern California. Would it still be your favorite movie? Exactly.

Most of the success of Avatar came from the visuals. Once audiences have seen another movie and another with the same visuals, what will be left? The story. See #1.

[Via Variety.com]

Are you looked forward to the Avatar Pentalogy?

"Avatar" is Badly-Written, Period
The Flawed Science of "Avatar" (7-part series)

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Find out some amazing things you missed in the first Cloak & Dagger superhero trailer.

Last week we saw the first trailer for the new Cloak & Dagger (2018) TV show and reactions are mixed. Fans of the characters (like myself) are excited about the possibilities of bringing these guys to life. While others, based on the history of the Freeform network, are saying it looks cheesy. In fact, Slashfilm's Ben Pearson asked if this will "be Marvel’s cheesiest TV show"?

While it's too early to tell, there are a lot of really interesting things in the trailer that you probably missed. Things like a major Marvel Cinematic Universe Easter egg, murder, and rape.

So, I'll break down everything you missed and need to know about Marvel's Cloak & Dagger TV series.

First, here's the trailer

Who Are Cloak & Dagger?

Cloak and Dagger are a superhero team that first appeared in Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982).  They have complimentary superhero powers of light and darkness. In the comics, they're portrayed as a vengeful team obsessed with ending the drug trade and killing those they feel deserve death.

Aubrey Joseph plays Tyrone "Ty" Johnson / Cloak. He's described as being able to "engulf others in darkness". 

Joseph doesn't have a long acting career having first appeared in movies like Fading Gigolo (2013) and guest-starring in TV shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. This is his first leading role.

Olivia Holt plays Tandy Bowen / Dagger and is described as "a teenager with the ability to emit light daggers." 

Holt is an actress and singer known for shows like the Disney XD martial arts comedy series Kickin' It, Disney Channel movies Girl vs. Monster, and series I Didn't Do It.

Joe Pokaski, the show runner, was a writer and Executive Story Editor on the NBC TV series Heroes from 2006 to 2009. He also wrote two episodes of Marvel's Daredevil (2015).

1. Cloak & Dagger: The Shooting

In the opening of the trailer, we see two people running and the police yelling for them to freeze. This is young Ty and Billy (Marqus Clae). 

In the comics, Billy and Ty come across a store robbery where the clerk is killed. They run from the police because they're afraid they'll be blamed for the murder. When the police face them, Ty hides and, because of a debilitating stutter, can't explain what happened. Billy is shot dead by the police. This event scars young Tyrone for life.

From the expression on young Ty's face something similar happens in the show. Considering the news reports on police shootings this is a powerful scene. Ty even wears a hoodie in the trailer reminding us of the shooting death of Treyvon Martin.

2. Cloak & Dagger: The Car Accident

At one point in the trailer, we see a truck forcing a car off a bridge into the water. Young Tandy (Rachel Ryals) panics as the car fills with water. 

Then we see a boy dive in the water, swim to her and take her hand. 

Presumably. this is young Ty saving her from drowning. Later in the trailer, the two are shown resting on the beach together. 

Is this Ty? The question is seemly answered when teenage Tandy asks Tyrone, "Wait, are you that kid?"

This is a big departure from the comics which has them meeting as teenagers for the first time. But it does set up Tyrone's protective nature of her.

The character description says that Tandy Bowen "watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life". The show is set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

So, we can assume some of her family is killed in the storm. It's possible that the two events - the car accident and the police shooting - happen on the same night since Ty is wearing the same flowing cloak in both scenes.

3. Cloak & Dagger: Roxxon Corporation

At the end of the trailer, we see Cloak standing on a roof next to a big sign that says "Roxxon Corp". The Roxxon Energy Corporation is a fictional company and the largest conglomerate in the Marvel Universe. As a multi-industry company, it's involved in everything from oil production to robotics. Roxxon is known for its ruthless pursuit of profits and ties to illegal and criminal enterprises.

It's appeared in the comics since Captain America #180 (1974). It's shown up in five films and five television shows in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Iron Man 3 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This is a big connection and shows there's a connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). I'll get into this later.

One other connection to Roxxon is the exploding oil rig shown by the bridge right before the crash. Could the driver have been so distracted with the explosion they didn't see the truck?

If so, then Roxxon inadvertently brought them together. In the Ultimates comic it's a Roxxon experiment that gives them their powers, so that might be used for the series as well.

4. Cloak & Dagger: The Basketball Fight

In the Cloak & Dagger comics, Cloak is the level-headed one and it's Dagger that often acts impulsively. But, that might be changing in the Cloak & Dagger TV series. 

We see Ty getting into a fight with a basketball player from the opposing team.
Later in the trailer, he's nursing a black eye.

This shot is followed by one where he's talking to his mother. So they may be talking about the fight.

The funny thing about this scene is it goes against what we know about Ty. He's described as a shy loner. Marvel's official character description of the Cloak & Dagger actor is "when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off." So, something big must have happened for him to start dropping bombs.

5. Cloak and Dagger: From Opposite Ends of the Tracks

Tandy and Ty have starkly different backgrounds. Ty grows up poor as shown by the modest home he lives in. 

Cloak's parents are Michael (Bloodline's Miles Mussenden) and Adina Johnson (ER's Gloria Reuben). His mother is described as devoted and "every aspect of her being into giving her son the life she believes he deserves. But she props up and protects Tyrone so much she almost forgets to love him."

We see her briefly in the trailer when Ty says,"It's like you're afraid if I don't do everything perfectly you're going to lose me." Adina says, "Baby, I'm afraid even if you do everything perfectly I'm going to lose you."

Michael Johnson is described as "a working-class father" who "trudges through his desk job to keep his family safe and happy." Looks like times are tough though since we see him breaking down.

Tandy, however, grows up in a wealthy family. Marvel says she was "once a privileged little girl". We can see her at parties, a swanky apartment and wearing expensive clothing.

Andrea Roth (“Rescue Me,” “Blue Bloods”) plays Melissa Bowen, Tandy’s mom, who is "the eternal optimist despite the struggles to adapt to her new existence. While complex and emotionally composed, her love for her daughter burns bright."

It's interesting that she's described as an optimist when she's screaming at people going through their house. She's yelling, "You can't do this!"

By the way, if it is their house then things have gone downhill for them. This is followed by Dagger saying, "What just happened?"

The Mom has no response.

By the way, where's the Dad? He probably died in the car accident.

In the comics, Dagger's mother is a former supermodel and very neglectful. This leads her to run away from home. I can't say if that's true on the show, but she does runaway for some reason.

Later in the trailer, she's dressed in worn-out clothes and a hoodie and sleeping on cardboard in a shelter or a church.

Their homelessness leads them to a world of drugs and crime. That world would soon change them forever.

6. Cloak & Dagger: The Party

In the comics, Cloak and Dagger are runaways who get picked up at a shelter. The mafia crime syndicate known as the Maggia kidnaps them and injects them with an experimental synthetic drug that gives them their superpowers. Is that what's going to happen in the show?

First, the Maggia have shown up in the MCU before. They appeared in several episodes of Marvel's Agent Carter. So, they're definitely an option.

The two are shown meeting as teenagers for the first time at a party. She literally bumps into him and he asks her name. 

Then, because sometimes us guys are clueless, she asks, "And his name is..." He tells her his name, they share a couple of looks and head away.

Things look OK there but watch what happens later in the trailer. Ty is stuck in a car trunk and has to fight his way out

These guys get kidnapped. The drug connection is a huge part of Cloak & Dagger's story. Not only were they mutated by drugs, but their first act was to hunt down and kill the guys who forced the drug on them. They also work to stop drug crime and help runaways.

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger show is heavy into drama and, Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development at Freeform told The Hollywood Reporter it's part of "drama night".

7. Cloak & Dagger: Ballet

Ballet is a big part of Dagger's life in the comics and it shows in the trailer. This is because it influences her fighting style and she has very acrobatic movies.

Several scenes show her taking ballet classes, looking longingly at a ballet uniform and watches a ballet performance from above. 

That's obviously a big part of the show because Olivia Holt has a martial arts background from her work on the Disney show Kickin' It.
Plus, she took she took gymnastics classes for seven years. You wouldn't think so, but expect her to do some epic fighting in this show.

8. Cloak & Dagger: The Ballet Rape

There's one powerful scene when Tandy finds herself pushed up against the wall by Rick (Mike Donovan). Just as he goes in for a kiss he pulls back as the light of her "light dagger" glows from his stomach.

What you didn't notice is she's wearing a ballet uniform and is back stage.

9. Cloak & Dagger: What are Dagger's Powers on the TV Show?

A couple of times in the trailer we see Dagger's light powers show up. The first one is when she and Ty are running through a graveyard and he takes her hand. They're knocked back by the energy. 

Based on the clothing this happens after the party.

The second time is during the attack when she stabs the guy. That's when we see a perfect representation of the dagger in her hand. She looks surprised, so this is the first time she's able to create a weapon.

In the comic books, her daggers are created by her mind and travel under her control. When the daggers contact a person they drain them of vitality and can kill them. Her powers build up over time and overwhelm her if she doesn't release the energy. So, she's dependent on Cloak to help keep her power under control.

10. Cloak & Dagger: What are Cloak's Powers on the TV Show?

In the comics, Cloak can send others to another dimension of darkness and cold. He can also turn intangible and transport people and objects to other places using his cloak. Ty feels a constant "hunger" that is only relieved by taking the life force of others or absorbing Dagger's light daggers.

We don't see Cloak using his powers openly but one shot shows him opening his eyes and looking around with surprise. He's standing on a rooftop.

It's the first sign of his teleportation ability. Since he's naked we know when he teleports, he doesn't take his clothes with him. Why the cloak comes with him and nothing else isn't explained, but it's a really good reason to wear a cloak when he uses his powers.

In the comics, Dagger is the only one that can travel in Cloak's dimension of darkness without suffering any ill effects.

His character description said he can cover (or engulf) people in darkness, so those might be the limit of his abilities on the show.

11. Cloak & Dagger: "Easier" by Mansionair

Throughout the trailer there's a haunting and moving song playing. Marvel's Cloak & Dagger trailer music is "Easier" by Mansionair. The Sydney-bred trio is an Alternative/Indie band. The lyrics aren't played much but they're perfect for this show.

The lyrics read "I'm stuck, I'm stuck, I'm stuck here in my skin / I'm stuck, I'm stuck, I'm stuck with you."

Cloak and Dagger are thrown together by fate and, depend on each other and need each other.

The "Easier" lyrics are all about loss and pain with lines like "Tell me it gets easier, tell me it gets easier / Tell me it gets easier, that I'll figure it out."

It's nice foreshadowing of the series.

12. Cloak & Dagger: Detective  Connors

There's a person in the trailer that has a big impact on the show you probably didn't notice. Thanks to the shooting of his friend Billy Cloak has a very tenuous relationship with the police. But, one person that's going to be very important to Ty is Detective Connors played by J.D. Evermore (“True Detective,” “The Walking Dead”). 

In the trailer, Connors is first seen on the phone. Then we see him shooting at Ty before confronting him.

None of these scenes make any connection until you read the official description of the character as "a contradiction of a man, embracing an intimidating persona that overcompensates for a secret he keeps close to the vest."

IMDb shows that he's going to be in all ten episodes of the series. So, expect him to have a big impact on Cloak & Dagger.

13. Cloak & Dagger: The Romance

The TV series is described as an "angst-filled achingly beautiful heartfelt romantic drama". While the show is obviously romantic from the press releases, there aren't any obvious indications that the two are falling in love. Just a few side glances between the two.

If you didn't know they're going to fall in love you'd miss it.

Tandy has a boyfriend named Liam played by Carl Lundstedt (“Grey’s Anatomy, “Conviction”), described as "a salt-of-the-earth townie who operates as Tandy’s partner in crime while moonlighting as her boyfriend. But underneath his rough-around-the-edges appearance, Liam has big dreams."

He shows up in the trailer talking to her in a car, making love in the car and at her apartment.

He's scheduled to be in six of the episodes, so expect him to create some conflict with the love story between Ty and Tandy.

It's easy to dismiss the idea of a Blonde White girl with a Black man as a stereotype, but an interracial relationship was originally controversial and remains that way today. 

Back in 1982, a Gallup poll shows that approval of Black-White relationships was at 43% back then. The majority of the population hated the idea of interracial relationships. Creating a comic book featuring an interracial relationship in 1983 was controversial.

That same poll shows that approval of marriages between blacks and whites has a 96% approval rating today. But, recently a White man stabbed a Black man to death because of his anger over Black men "mixing with white women." So, it's still an issue.

In the comic books, the relationship between Cloak & Dagger is mainly platonic. Cloak loves Dagger, but she sees him as a brother. He becomes jealous of her relationships with other men including Spider-Man. Maybe Marvel couldn't stomach the idea of a Black-White couple, but it could be they just thought it was a more compelling dynamic. In recent years, the relationship became romantic and this is what the series is based on.

Will Cloak & Dagger Be Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

While all the Marvel properties share elements and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. directly ties into the Marvel films in many ways, the "Cloak & Dagger" TV show may not. "If you know these two properties, they're not particularly connected. ," Burke said, "There are many degrees of separation with where they fall in the Marvel universe. But anything is possible with Marvel."

Considering the show is set in New Orleans and most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set in New York, it's not likely we'll see Spider-Man or Daredevil show up anytime soon.

But, it probably comes down to how popular the series is. If audiences fall in love with the characters we may just see them on the big-screen. But, don't hold your breath.

The 10 episode Cloak & Dagger TV series will premiere in 2018. No air date has been released yet.

What do you think of the Cloak & Dagger TV series? Are you a fan of the comic book characters? Do you think it'll be good?

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