Marvels cinematic universe has seen Nazis, aliens, gods, monsters, metal men and all other sorts of outrageous shenanigans. Given the fantastical villains and heroic escapades, its all been – for the most part – treated with a sense of earnestness, reverence, and lightheartedness. Their films and other cinematic media has always found the right balance of entertainment, humor, and action. Never, though, has the studio gone with making a legit fully intended comedy. That is…. until now.
ABC has ordered a script for Damage Control, a half-hour, single-camera comedy from Marvel Studios.
THR describes the premise as follows:
Marvel’s Damage Control centers on the overworked and underpaid cleanup crew of the Marvel Universe. Their specialty is dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from superhero conflicts, like returning lost ray guns to their rightful owners, rescheduling a wedding venue after it has been vaporized in a battle or even tracking down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo. Sometimes the most important heroes are the ones behind the scenes.
The concept is based on Marvel Comics’ Damage Control, which debuted in 1989. Four limited series have been released.
Ben Karlin will exec produce with David Miner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation) and, of course, Jeph Loeb of Marvel Television.
This could be fun, and sounds a million times more interesting than SHIELD ever could be. Damage Control was one of two Marvel books that really gave readers a sense of what the presence of Superheroes does to the world.
Only concern, is that it’s treated too silly. A Marvel sitcom done in the style of Parks and Rec would seem horribly disjointed from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All those stand-alone movies and 2 Avengers flicks have had the same level of tonality. Put a laugh track to all that, and it could very easily lessen the style and substance the Studio has built itself around. On the other hand, its just more Marvel in the market place – and that’s never a bad thing.