Marvel’s “Damage Control” In Development At ABC

Damage Control ComicDamage Control, a comedy set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is currently in development as a television series at ABC, Variety reports.

According to the series description, 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.

Damage Control was introduced to Marvel Comics in 1988, co-created by the late Dwayne McDuffie and longtime comics veteran Ernie Colón. The concept in both the comics and the prospective TV series involves a construction company that cleans up the collateral damage caused by superhero-related incidents. There have been four “Damage Control” miniseries in Marvel history, with the most recentpublished in 2008.

Comicbook.com reports that before the network announced Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., former Cougar Town and Enlisted showrunner Kevin Biegel reportedly was developing a Damage Control project.

“I also flirted for two seconds/talked about trying to do a Damage Control show with a famous cool director that I barely know. We talked about it like four times over e-mail, that’s it — and then Shield [sic] was announced (f yer periods) and we were like, yeah… no one would want to do that.”

According to Comicbookresources this marks a further expansion of the ongoing relationship between ABC and Marvel Television, both of which are owned by Disney. The third season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted earlier this week, and Marvel’s Agent Carter returns for its second season in early 2016. An “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” spinoff titled Marvel’s Most Wanted, starring the characters of Mockingbird and Lance Hunter, is in development; as is a mystery project helmed by John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “12 Years a Slave.”

The series currently being considered was developed by Ben Karlin of The Daily Show and Modern Family, who will executive produce along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. Marvel’s longtime rival, DC Entertainment, has its own comedy series in development at NBC, an office comedy titled Powerless.

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