When it was announced earlier this month that ABC and Marvel Television were developing Damage Control as a half-hour comedy, it’s safe to say Marvel fans everywhere were surprised. So, while we await more news on the pilot and see if it ends up going to series, we thought we’d take a look at what Damage Control is exactly, and why it’d be a smart move for Marvel.
What is Damage Control?
Damage Control is a construction company that comes in after the battles are down to clean up the messes left behind by our Marvel heroes.
Who is Damage Control?
The members of Damage Control are a bit all over the place – with Mrs. Hoag (an elderly woman) having founded the company, and characters like Eugene “Gene” Strausser (Technician) and Robin Chapel (Traffic Manager), the team has plenty of oddball characters that work well off of one another. Take Albert Cleary and Bart, for example, two characters that could not be any more different from each other. There’s a scene in the comics where they have to go to Doctor Doom to retrieve payment on his overdue payment. While Cleary, who is in charge of the finances, fears what Doom will do should he come off as brash, Bart doesn’t care and insists on doing everything the right way, even if it incites a violent reaction from Doom. It’s one of the best scenes between them in the comics and it works so well because it shows the differences in their personalities so wonderfully.
Why It’s a Smart Move
Sure, we’re not going to see the Avengers pop up on Damage Control, but with Inhumans becoming more of a concern on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and ABC currently developing a Mockingbird spin-off titled Marvel’s Most Wanted, there will be plenty of messes for the Damage Control crew to clean-up.
While Marvel Television has done a fantastic job at bringing various kinds of shows to fans, through both ABC and Netflix, the one thing they haven’t done is a comedy. Much like with the films, each show has offered humorous moments, but they’re far from fun. Take Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for example, the show does a great job at trying to lighten the mood when possible, but with each season, the show has managed to push the limits – with death and trauma becoming somewhat of the norm for the series these days. And it’s hard to imagine Marvel’s Most Wanted, a spin-off from S.H.I.E.L.D., not following the same path.
With Damage Control, which is being developed by Ben Karlin, that won’t be the case. It’ll be a workplace comedy, following the crew left to clean-up the messes of superheroes. Assuming the show follows the comics in tone, and I’d imagine it would, the show will be like nothing we’ve seen within the MCU so far – something driven by comedy rather than action, and dealing entirely with the aftermath of the battles.
This won’t be a story about the origins of a superhero, or trying to take down Hydra. And it won’t be a story about the beginning of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It’s the complete opposite of everything Marvel Television has produced so far, and should ABC order the show to series, it could prove to be the funnest Marvel project to date.
With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. taking up Tuesdays during the fall and Agent Carter taking over S.H.I.E.L.D.’s place during the show’s winter break, it’s more than likely Damage Control is being developed as a summer show. (Which is also a possibility for Marvel’s Most Wanted.)
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