In the comics Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen were teen runaways from very different lives who met on the streets of New York City.
The runaways were experimented on by a scientist trying to create a new synthetic drug for a major crime lord. The experiments gave them incredible powers. Tyrone gained powers of teleportation, a ghost-like intangibility and ability to access the “darkforce” dimension. To hide his new appearance he hid in a cloak. Tandy gained the ability to create “daggers” of light which could heal people and cure addictions. Their origins were later retconned to reveal Ty and Tandy were actually mutants like X-Men and the experiment triggered their mutant genes.
The heroes first appeared in the pages of Spider-Man but got their own limited series and appeared in X-Men books. The duo were co-created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan.
No word on how the television show will differ from the comic but here’s the official description:
“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” follows Tandy Bowen and Tyronne Johnson, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened by and awakened to newly acquired super powers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn that they are better together than apart–but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.
This will be Marvel’s first television series on Freeform.