Marvel Developing New Comedy Sitcom Series at ABC

By October 2, 2015
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Marvel Studios has been busy at work over the past few years to not only expand their Cinematic Universe into new brands, characters, and franchises, but also into different formats. Ever since the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a few years ago too, the studio has been hard at work to create new and exciting properties on the small screen that are quickly adding up into a more diverse and mythological connected universe than even the MCU has at points.

With Daredevil and all of the other Netflix Defenders shows in the works right now (including the upcoming Jessica Jones), it’ll be interesting to see what projects the studio plans on announcing next. While rumors and confirmations on other spin-off shows have surfaced online over the past few months, other than the eventual Defenders team-up, I don’t think anyone really knows the direction Marvel is planning on taking their TV universe in. On top of all of that too, it looks like things are about to get even crazier.

Variety is reporting that ABC has just bought a script for a new Marvel sitcom show called Damage Control. The show has been purchased for a pilot commitment and will focus on the overworked and under-paid clean-up crew of the Marvel universe, as they’re left to clean up the messes that superheroes make. The show has been purchased for a pilot commitment and was developed by Ben Karlin (The Daily Show, Modern Family) who will also serve as executive producer alongside David Milne and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. Here’s the show’s official description according to the report:

“The Marvel cleaning crew specializes in dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from super hero conflicts. They are 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 super hero battle or even track down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo. Sometimes the most important super heroes are the ones behind the scenes — and that’s who “Damage Control” will follow.”

This is one of many partnerships between Marvel and ABC after Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, and joins another project in development at the network focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D. characters Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunt (Nick Blood) called Marvel’s Most Wanted, as well as American Crime creator John Ridley’s top-secret Marvel project for ABC. This is now the second superhero comedy series in the development pipeline alongside Fox’s DC Comics workplace comedy, Powerless, which is said to be in the vein of shows like The Office, and will feature characters like Batman and Superman.

All I have to say is that I absolutely love this idea. While I’m still not a huge fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I was surprisingly charmed by Agent Carter, and Damage Control sounds like not only a genius concept and idea for a series, but also something that the superhero genre desperately needs right now. When most of the shows and movies feature gigantic battles that level buildings and incredibly somber superheroes, the idea of having a TV show dedicated to poking fun at the messes they make, that the little guy is left to clean up sounds absolutely perfect. There’s nothing better than a little self-referential humor to help energize a genre again, and it sounds like Damage Control might just be the comic book comedy we’ve been waiting for.

Damage Control is currently in development at ABC.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable