Latest Marvel TV Series Finding Success Early: Will There Be a Four-Peat?
In the last few months, Marvel TV has launched shows across a variety of platforms and networks from The Punisher on Netflix and Runaways on Hulu to The Gifted on FOX. After Jessica Jones and Legion drop their second seasons next month, Marvel has new shows premiering with Cloak & Dagger airing this summer on Freeform and New Warriors premiering at some point this year. The first three shows have already been renewed for a second season and Jones and Legion have already won favor with most fans and critics.
Runaways’ ten-episode first season did well on Hulu. For the most part, critics and fans enjoyed the show which features a group of teenagers who discover their parents’ misdeeds.
Their lives change when they dive deeper and discover things about not only their parents but themselves. I binged the series over the Christmas holiday and enjoyed it. I gave it an 8/10.
With its focus on mutants and mentions of the X-Men and the Mutant Brotherhood, The Gifted is a little disconnected from the rest of the Marvel TV series because of studio rights and all that legal talk, but it’s still worth a watch. Season one ended in a good place that left a lot of room for character development and conflict. After being a big fan of Reign, I was happy to see Sean Teale in a leading role after the cancellation of Incorporated. His character, Marcos Diaz aka Eclipse, was created solely for the series and is paired with Emma Dumont’s canon character, Polaris.
While success is what any studio and brand would want, Marvel TV’s continued commercial success (besides the cancellation of one of my favorites, Agent Carter and the Iron Fist backlash) puts a lot of pressure on forthcoming titles. With Freeform completing it’s transition from ABC Family, the network is slowly but surely drawing in a wider age range of viewers. I’ve seen people in their 20s and 30s tweeting about watching and loving Yara Shahidi’s Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish. I’m among that group. Marvel is probably hoping that Cloak & Dagger will succeed as well in bringing in not only teenagers and young adults but also older fans.
The series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers from different backgrounds drawn together when they get superpowers. The characters made their first appearance in the 1982 comic Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64. New Warriors was initially supposed to air on Freeform but it was announced in November that it was being shopped around to networks and streaming services. Kevin Biegel will be the showrunner for New Warriors, while Joe Pokaski will lead Cloak & Dagger.
If you haven’t already seen it, check out this sneak peek from Cloak & Dagger, premiering June 7th.
What is your favorite Marvel TV series so far?
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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