So with today’s premiere of Cloak & Dagger, I’ve been thinking more and more about Marvel television shows and what direction they should go in. Clearly, Netflix has their Defenders shows and Hulu has Runaways and ABC has the sixth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But Marvel TV can do a lot more...and can do different things as well.
When I started writing these fictional shows, I realized that they comprised a thematic trilogy: a trilogy of deconstruction, each show deconstructing the ways in which normal Marvel superheroes operate. From Darkhawk’s entire “chosen one” origin being a lie, to the Foolkiller killing for his beliefs, to...whatever the hell Omega the Unknown is. This is the Deconstruction Trilogy.
On the same day that troubled young teenager Chris Powell learned his father was a dirty cop, he came across something in an abandoned amusement park: an amulet that can cause him to switch places with an advanced robotic body controlled by Chris’s mind. Dubbing it “Darkhawk,” Chris decides to use it to fight crime, but quickly realizes that the amulet and Darkhawk come with a great many dark secrets.
CHRISTOPHER POWELL: A teenager from Chicago. His parents are divorced and he learns in the first episode that his father has been taking bribes from mobsters. Deciding to hide from them in the abandoned Happyland Amusement Park, he finds an amulet that transports his body into a place called “Null Space,” while his mind takes control of an advanced android body he calls “Darkhawk.”
DARKHAWK: An advanced android. In the beginning, Chris doesn’t know who built it or why, only that it contained a multitude of weapons. Later on, Chris learns that Darkhawk is actually one of many androids built by an ancient race of peacekeepers, “the architects of fate” known as the Fraternity of Raptors. He soon learned, however, that the Fraternity of Raptors were not actually peacekeepers, but brutal dictators who ruled over a nascent space empire before being sealed away millions of years ago. Chris’s armor was heavily damaged and therefore it allows Chris to operate it instead of having one of the ancient Raptor spirits do so.
MICHAEL POWELL: Chris’s father, a cop who became reluctantly involved with Phillipe Bazin, a mobster. He still tries to do what is right by his sons, but often the right thing and the thing that will keep them safe are different.
TALON: Another one who wields a Darkhawk armor who tries to teach Chris the ways of the Fraternity of Raptors. It turns out, however, it was trying to brainwash Chris and unleash a Raptor spirit within his Darkhawk armor.
RAZOR: The Raptor spirit meant to pilot Chris’s Darkhawk armor.
1x01 “THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH”
- Running from an unhappy childhood and the knowledge that his father is a corrupt cop, Chris Powell ends up in the abandoned amusement park called Happyland, where he finds a very unusual amulet.
1x02 “THE TREE OF SHADOWS”
- Chris tries to learn more about the amulet and the Darkhawk armor it can summon, such as: where, exactly, does Chris’s body go when he switches places with it?
- Mike Powell is in trouble with the mob and his sons are now targets. Chris tries to fix with the situation with the intervention of Darkhawk, but that only makes things worse.
1x04 “NEGATIVE FEEDBACK”
- The sudden appearance of Talon, a member of the “Fraternity of Raptors,” has taken Chris by surprise, but he decides to learn from him the ways of the ancient peacekeepers. But can he keep his family safe at the same time?
1x05 “HEART OF DARKNESS”
- After Talon slaughters the Bazin mob, Chris demands answers. The amulet reveals the history of the Darkhawk armor, the Fraternity of Raptors, and the Tree of Shadows.
1x06 “THE RAZOR’S EDGE”
- Chris is trapped in the Tree of Shadows, while Darkhawk is controlled by the blood-thirsty Razor.
1x07 “ABSTRACT OBJECTS”
- Free from the Tree of Shadows, Chris tries to wrestle control of Darkhawk from Razor and a battle of wills commences.
1x08 “WAR HAWK”
- Free from Razor, the war between Darkhawk and Talon begins. One wants only to save his family – and the other wants to awaken the Fraternity of Raptors and raze the universe.
Michelle Trace is a young journalist making a docu-series about the serial killer known as “the Foolkiller” – all three of them. Three different men who each decided to adopt the same name and kill those they deemed “fools.” But what connects each of them?
ROSS G. EVERBEST: The original Foolkiller, Everbest started his killing spree in the spring of 1974 when he found that his pastor having an affair. After killing the pastor, he made his way through the cities and small towns of Florida, killing those he deemed “fools and sinners,” finally finding his own end in the swamps outside of Citrusville.
GREGORY P. SALINGER: The second Foolkiller, Salinger began his run as the Foolkiller in 1985. Struggling with mental illness, Salinger put on the costume of Foolkiller on-and-off throughout the ‘80s, until he was confronted with his own depression and nearly killed himself. He turned himself into the police and is currently serving several life sentences, but making the most of his time by learning psychology.
KURT GERHARDT: The third Foolkiller, Gerhardt had lost everything in the tech bubble of the ‘90s. Frustrated with people’s seeming inability to care, he took the name “Foolkiller” from a recent book written by Salinger and went on a killing spree. Eventually, he decided to just kill people he considered annoying or troublesome. He was finally arrested after he confessed to Linda Klein, a co-worker he was in love with.
MICHELLE TRACE: A journalist making a docu-series about the history of the Foolkiller.
1x01 “E PLURIBUS UNUM”
- Michelle Trace follows the original Foolkiller’s murder route through central Florida and then she interviews the last person to see him alive: former disc jockey Richard Rory, who barely escaped the Foolkiller’s judgment.
1x02 “UBI SUNT, QUI ANTE NOS FUERUNT?”
- Michelle interviews Gregory P. Salinger in prison about the years he operated as the Foolkiller. What drove him to take on the mantle of a dead man and what caused his eventual suicide attempt?
1x03 “INFINITUS EST NUMERUS STULTORUM”
- Michelle at last looks into Kurt Gerhardt, the last person who took the name “Foolkiller.” From losing his savings in the ‘90s tech bubble to interviewing the co-worker who turned him in, Linda Klein, she will look into what drove the last Foolkiller. Or was he the last?
James-Michael Starling is a withdrawn young boy who has been home-schooled his entire life. When his parents finally decide to move into the city, a horrible car accident ensues which kills them both...and reveals the unimaginable truth that both of his parents were robots. Four months later, James-Michael wakes up in the hospital and is taken in by Nurse Ruth and her wife Amber. But when another robot tries to kill James-Michael, a strange superhero known only as Omega arrives to protect him. What is the connection between James-Michael and Omega? And can Omega protect him from forces beyond his control? Omega the Unkown is a Lynchian nightmare, a show about a boy and his superhero, a dreamlike crash of teenage angst and post-traumatic stress disorder. Is Omega real? Is anything?
JAMES-MICHAEL STARLING: A withdrawn young boy who tends not to show any emotion. Before the car accident that killed his parents, he had been having dreams of an older version of himself fighting an army of robots.
OMEGA: A strange super-hero who does not talk. His purpose appears to solely protect James-Michael. When he is not protecting James-Michael, he lives as a homeless vagrant.
DR. THOMAS BARROW: The psychologist assigned to James-Michael. He believes that James-Michael hallucinated his parents as robots in order to dissociated from their deaths.
NURSE RUTH HART: The nurse that takes in James-Michael.
AMBER GRANT: Ruth’s wife, a freelance photographer.
DIAN WILKINS: A young girl who befriends James-Michael at his new school.
JOHN NEDLEY: A nerdy young classmate of James-Michael.
1x01 “SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME”
- James-Michael Starling is the only survivor of a car crash that killed his parents...or revealed them to be robots, if what he says is the truth. But when he’s attacked in his room, an unknown superhero shows up to protect him.
1x02 “I AIN’T GOT NOBODY”
- James-Michael is taken in by Nurse Ruth Hart and her photojournalist wife Amber. Still insistent that Omega is real, Dr. Barrow recommends he go to school and make new friends.
1x03 “BLACK AND BLUE”
- At his new school, James-Michael meets Dian Wilkins and John Nedley, but gets in trouble with local bullies. In the streets of the city, Omega the Unknown saves a woman from suicide.
1x04 “NIGHT DREAMER”
- Due to bouts of insomnia, James-Michael begins walking the streets at night and meets up with Omega again.
1x06 “QUIET NIGHTS OF QUIET STARS”
- Omega saves James-Michael from a killer with a wrench. Omega utters one word: “secret.”
1x07 “ST JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES”
- James-Michael’s friend John Nedley is beaten nearly to death and put in the hospital by the bullies. James-Michael was warned by his mother not to listen to the voices, but he hears them say one word loud and clear: “revenge.”
1x08 “STREET OF DREAMS”
- James-Michael confronts the bullies. Omega confronts the stars themselves.
- The beings that built Omega have appeared to James-Michael and called him “universal shaper.” Should he go with them or stay on Earth with his new family?
1x10 “THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE”
- John Nedley dies. Omega the Unknown dies. James-Michael dies. Everybody dies.