During San Diego Comic Con this year it was announced that Freeform’s hit new Marvel show Cloak and Dagger will be back for a second season. The series is breaking boundaries and getting recognition with its controversial topics, engaging its younger audience. Executive producer Joe Pokaski touched on this during the Cloak and Dagger press room following the show’s SDCC panel, stating that his mindset going into the series is, “kids will save the world”. He elaborated saying that the Marvel characters in this series are extremely character-driven, and their struggles are meant to relate to today’s youth and assist in social commentary, making the “tough questions” easier and more welcomed discussions.
Series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph mirrored Pokaski’s comments, reinforcing the importance the show and their characters have on today’s youth. When asked if they prioritized interacting with fans and guiding discussion on the heavier themes the show presents, the stars enthusiastically confirmed the significance in fan engagement.
“Each script I got I was blown away by how much was actually going on and the issues [Tandy] was dealing with and struggling with. From homelessness to drug addiction, and sexual assault… and things that Tyrone is going through from police brutality to depression and the things he is [going through] with his family. All of these themes are so current and are just getting worse, and it’s so important for us to [show that] on TV and start these conversations and start an open dialogue [so kids] don’t feel alone. That’s our goal. Not just to entertain [these kids], but to move them.” —Olivia Holt
Watch the full interview from SDCC with Cloak and Dagger stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph below.
Cloak & Dagger airs Thursdays on Freeform at 8/7c.
More SDCC 2018 coverage found here.
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