Freeform has been cancelling shows with moderate ratings with expensive SFX. In 2019, it was Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger that hit the chopping block. Almost a year later, Disney Plus is keen to reboot the show, but with certain riders.
With changes in leadership, Marvel Television is undergoing turmoil. It’s teen superhero TV series Cloak and Dagger was well-received by the fans when it first debuted in 2018, earning a second renewal from the network Freeform. However, the series’ rating dropped to -40%, which led the network to bench the show until further notice.
- Leadership changes led to the cancellation
- Fan campaign for Cloak and Dagger
- Disney Plus to renew Cloak and Dagger but there is a catch
After five months, the channel shunned the series in 2019, causing much outcry from its fans. However, there have been petitions to Disney Plus to pick up the show. Finally, we have some good news from the Warner Bros-owned streaming company.
Leadership changes led to cancellation
As we mentioned before, it was primarily the leadership change and company restructuring in the Marvel Television that led to the cancellation of many TV series. With Jeph Loeb leaving after a decade as the head of television, Kevin Feige was promoted as the chief creative officer of the Marvel empire. Soon after gaining the helm, Feige not only axed Cloak and Dagger but PLL: The Perfectionists as well due to the same reason.
As reported by Deadline, in the official statement of cancellation, showrunner Joe Pokaski, said, “We put together the best crew in television. The amount of art, sweat, and tears poured into every frame, with a limited amount of resources, and a dedication to diversity and justice, we made the impossible possible. Most importantly, we have a strong fans’ support that is picking us up when we were putting down [indicating the petition].”
Fan campaign for Cloak and Dagger
Fans have taken social media to campaign for the renewal of Cloak and Dagger on Disney Plus. Spreken posted a picture on Reddit requesting Disney Plus to create Cloak and Dagger season 3. The campaign has seen 80% upvotes and over 30 comments from various fans.
One fan, SINZJACKEL, commented on what season 3 can bring, “I loved this show and it needs a season 3. Tyrone will look in the future like in the arcade with his costume and they said they are leaving the city, so they could end up anywhere and they could have more powers to unlock, like can the light be turned into any item or the darkness can put him in multiple places.”
Disney Plus to renew Cloak and Dagger but there is a catch
While traditional Marvel TV is drying up quickly, Marvel Studios is still progressing ahead with its small screen projects on Disney Plus. So it’s safe to say that there is a future for Cloak and Dagger. The streaming company aims to continue the show with Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson. Here’s a catch though. The previous seasons will be wiped off the site, which means it will be a fresh start for Tandy and Tyrone. However, it would be worth rebooting, presuming that the Disney Plus version will have a bigger budget.
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