Marvel Takes On Comedy With "Damage Control"
As predicted by Frankie on Limited Addiction Podcast, Ep: 19, Marvel Comics have green lit a 30 minute comedy project based on Damage Control!
Have you ever wondered who cleans up after Hulk and Iron Man battle in the streets? Well your question will soon be answered. Developed for TV by executive producer Ben Karlin, fromerly of Daily Show and Colbert Report, Damage Control follows the underpaid and overworked clean up crew on the Marvel Universe. Specializing in dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from superhero conflicts, they’re the ones who are in charge of returning lost ray guns to their rightful owners, help to reschedule a wedding venue after it has been vaporized in a superhero battle, or even track down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo.
Introduced in 1988 and getting their first storyline the next year in Marvel Comics Presents, Damage Control has a recurring presence on the pages of Marvel Comics, and has been the subject of four limited series to date. Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colón created the concept. Notably, the outfit played a key role in the events of the 2006-2007 “Civil War” crossover,though they’re not featured in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, loosely based on that arc.
Karlin will write the script for the project, which he executive produces alongside 3 Arts’ David Miner and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb. Marvel Television is producing with ABC Studios where the company is based. Karlin’s involvement in Damage Control stems from his overall deal with ABC Studios. Many writers on the studio roster are interested in developing Marvel properties, and the comic book-based company has been very selective in the concepts that proceed to development.
Marvel TV has two drama series on ABC, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter,and a pilot for a S.H.I.E.L.D. offshoot top-lined by Adrianne Palicki & Nick Blood. Additionally, the company has a four-series superhero package at Netflix.
There is still no guarantee that we will ever see Damage Control or even a S.H.I.E.L.D. spin off on ABC but with new rumored comic based TV shows every week one can only guess it is just a matter of time.