There’s so much content available for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s the movies, obviously, but then there’s also TV shows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil) and tie-in comics. With the amount of stuff out there it’s easy to forget that this thing has only been going for seven years. For such an expansive world that isn’t a lot of time, but from an in-story perspective it definitely is, which allows for certain storytelling opportunities to be pursued. The first example of that will be next year’s Captain America: Civil War, something which Marvel couldn’t have done in 2008 or so. Then there’s also stuff like Damage Control, the construction company that cleans everything up when superheroes and villains make a mess. After a multitude of massive disasters within the MCU, I think it’s time they were introduced, and according to Deadline that’s exactly what’s gonna happen!
ABC has put in a pilot order for the show, envisioned as a single-camera half-hour comedy – the kind of thing which is such a darling of network TV. Throw in the Marvel name and you’ve got a hit on your hands. Ben Karlin (The Colbert Report) will be exec-producing and presumably running things, along with David Miner and the Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb. Interestingly, the report implies that the MCU version of the team won’t simply be a construction company.
Specializing in dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from superhero conflicts, they’re 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 superhero battle, or even track down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo.
They could just be paraphrasing, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Marvel went with this approach as it allows for some more interesting stories to be told.
I look forward to reading whether Powerless still goes forward. If you don’t remember, then DC also put in a half-hour comedy pilot order with NBC for a show following ordinary people in a world of superheroes. It’s pretty much a rip-off of this property, but now that the original is actually happening will DC continue with their version? They most likely will, but don’t be shocked if it’s tweaked a little given this announcement.
Joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, the upcoming Mockingbird spin-off and John Ridley’s (12 Years a Slave) unknown show, Damage Control should probably hit ABC next Fall.