ABC and Marvel Studios are developing yet another series based on a classic Marvel property, but it won’t be a action-drama like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Agent Carter. They’re going in a much different direction for this new show.
According to Variety’s Elizabeth Wagmeister, the network has recently purchased a script for a half-hour, single-camera comedy series based on Marvel’s Damage Control comic series. Created by writer Dwayne McDuffie (who pitched the idea to Marvel as “a sitcom within the Marvel Universe”) and artist Ernie ColÃ³n, Damage Control first appeared in the pages of 1988’s Marvel Age Annual and the May 1989 issue of Marvel Comics Presents before graduating to a comic title of its very own the same year. It told the story of the construction crew tasked with cleaning up and rebuilding after a major superhuman battle in the Marvel Universe.
References to Damage Control have popped up in various Marvel-related films and television shows, including the first Iron Man movie and the animated Ultimate Spider-Man. The project has a pilot commitment at ABC and is being developed for the network by Emmy-winning Modern Family producer Ben Karlin. A co-creator of The Colbert Report for Comedy Central, Karlin will also serve as an executive producer along with David Miner and Marvel Studios’ television chief Jeph Loeb.
If shows inspired by Marvel properties are going to consume a sizable chunk of ABC’s programming, then it would make sense for some lighthearted fare to join the more serious titles already on the air and earning solid ratings and reviews each week. Damage Control could offer viewers the opportunity to explore the television arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the perspective of working class everyday people tasked with the responsibility of putting the world back together after the Avengers break it without buying.
Damage Control joins another Marvel television series in the works at ABC, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted starring Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood.