ABC, the home of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter is investigating the possibility of adding to their comic book series with Damage Control, a new comedy series set in the Marvel universe. The series would be a single camera series that follows the various misadventures of the forever overlooked clean up crews that mop up after super heroes every time Iron Man and Captain America bust up a town or Hulk inadvertently causes havoc. The series has a put pilot commitment, which means that ABC needs to air the pilot regardless of whether the project is picked up to series or not, or else pay a penalty fee to the production company, in this case Marvel Television.
The series, developed by Ben Karlin (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report) is based on the Marvel comic series of the same name, which first debuted in May of 1989 and whose characters also played a notable role in the 2006 – 2007 “Civil War” storyline, which is the basis for next year’s feature film Captain America: Civil War. It seems unlikely that the characters will retain that position in the new movie, given that the series will not have aired at that point even if the pilot is successful, unless Marvel is looking to connect the films and television shows in a far deeper manner then they have so far.
This is the latest in Marvel’s continuing effort to expand their Cinematic Universe to the small screen. Marvel and ABC’s (who share a parent company in Disney) collaborations also include the aforementioned Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter as well as potential S.H.I.E.L.D. spin off Marvel’s Most Wanted, which received a pilot order in August. Marvel also has an ongoing partnership with Netflix, with four separate shows in production for the streaming giant (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Iron Fist) that will eventually converge with an Avengers style miniseries with Marvel’s The Defenders.