Drew Pearce Wants To Make ‘Damage Control’ Movie For Marvel

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Damage Control Marvel Comics Drew Pearce Wants To Make Damage Control Movie For Marvel

After earning attention as the showrunner for the British series No Heroics, Drew Pearce was hired by Marvel Studios to write the screenplay for Runaways, but that film – despite having a director attached – never came to be. Runaways was pushed aside as the studio dedicated all of its resources towards The Avengers and Marvel Studos boss Kevin Feige chose to keep Pearce around and have him help Shane Black write Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3 went on to become the second most successful film in the franchise and the success helped land Drew Pearce a pair of A-list writing gigs as the writer of Mission: Impossible 5 and Sherlock Holmes 3, but the comic book aficionado, now a part of the Marvel Studios family, still really wants to write another movie for Marvel.

After Iron Man 3 debuted, Pearce went on record explaining how excited he was about what’s coming from the new directors working on Marvel’s Phase 2 movies, and he revealed that he was “constantly talking to [Marvel] about what we do next.” With Iron Man 3 director Shane Black optimistic about Robert Downey Jr. eventually returning for an Iron Man 4 one day (his contract only currently includes The Avengers 2 & 3) we assumed Pearce could be referring to more Iron Man, but in the meantime he wrote and directed the All Hail The King Marvel One-Shot that releases later this month on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray, starring Sir Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery.

Drew Pearce Official Photo Disney Marvel Studios Iron Man 3 UK Screening Drew Pearce Wants To Make Damage Control Movie For Marvel

I spoke with Pearce about his work on Runaways, Iron Man 3 and All Hail The King and asked him what new property or character he’d like to work on for Marvel Studios given the chance. And his answer was a bit of a surprise.

The answer to that is – I think actually before the other Drew [Goddard], or as I think of him, the better Drew, took on Daredevil it might actually have been Daredevil, but right now – and my obsession for years – has always been Damage Control. I think there’s an amazing Phase 3 movie to be made about Damage Control which looks at the MCU through the prism of both the kind of blue collar superherodom and also the repercussions of in many ways like the superhero epoch on the rest of the world. I think you also need it to be a brilliant and exciting story but as a group of people, almost as a movie about firemen or public servants in the MCU, I think you can create some genuinely exciting that looks back over 10 years and three phases of MCU – tied it together – but also told an entirely different perspective of the superhero epoch that we’re all living in at the moment.

The [Damage Control] comics themselves were brilliant but ridiculous and patchy but I think the idea of it goes well beyond the meta comedy of that stuff and actually does a thing that Marvel movies do a lot but that you could go further with which is the real life implication of some of these events without forgetting that what defines the MCU is its simultaneous ability to tap into a realistic, real life feeling which often comes through the reality of the characters rather than a slavish, super dark world where it sat in. So I love the idea that Damage Control would incorporate both that kind of reality with the sense of humor and some of the lessons that Runaways has for example, and also in a strange way, the One-Shots exemplify as well – the ability to color in the corners of the MCU. That was a very long answer. (laughs)

Daredevil - a property back under the Marvel Studios umbrella and in development for a Netflix series – is one of Pearce’s fave Marvel characters. If Daredevil is a major success on that medium, it’s possible to see him pop up in the films as well, but it won’t be anytime soon. We can’t imagine Damage Control is a legitimate contender for a feature film either with so many other popular characters yet to get their big screen debut, and some elements of Damage Control actually crossover with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. Oddly enough, we did list Damage Control as one of our theories for what Joss Whedon could be developing as a live-action Marvel TV show before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was officially announced.


Stay Tuned For Our Full Drew Pearce Interview!


All Hail The King releases with Thor: The Dark World on 3D Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray, Digital Copy), Single-Disc Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 25, 2014.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. There are too many Marvel characters that deserve a movie before Damage control. Black Panther, Inhumans, Thunderbolts, Dr Strange, and others.

    Make Damage Control a part of Agents of Shield. It might bring the ratings up and motivate me watch the show again.

    • While I totally agree with you, I’d love to see a Damage Control movie done like crash but involving different heros. That way you could introduce 5 heros without even showing them or having to give their origins right away. The punisher would be one you could do like this Cage another.
      It would have to be done right, but I see it as more a TV movie than a summer blockbuster.

  2. Wasn’t “all hail the king” drew’s Damage control for Iron Man 3?

    • ZING!

    • Pitt Man,

      Stay tuned for the full interview. Some VERY interesting stuff in it about that.

      • Interesting indeed, but I always suspected that was the case

      • I can’t wait. When? soon I hope.

        • I’ll have the full thing up later this week. Got some news bits to dissect first.

      • Yeah, when will that interview be up!?!?

    • i see what you did there lol, manage to see all hail the king already was wondering what you guys thought about it?

    • Yes, and I was not impressed with that any more than IM#3. Quit screwing around, everyone, and give us a REAL MANDARIN!!! That is the only way you can possibly even begin to recover the fumble. Stick to canon, or stick it to yourself and the fans, that are he choices. If you don’t remember how canon works, you probably have your head up the “canon’s barrel”!

      • {This was an answer to Pitt Man}.

  3. I can’t see there being a damage control show or movie. Maybe a one shot, but that’s it. A one shot would be perfect because how these places are cleaned up after the hero’s and villains wreck places somewhat needs to be answered.

      • Not making.. Meant lacking in broader context.

      • That’s definitely a disappointing part of the mcu. It would be cool if TWS addressed how ET’s have changed the way shield or the world operate but the “press coverage” in avengers was more about the avengers instead of the fact that there’s aliens out there and they’ve tried to take over earth and the possible repercussions that can have in the future. I think MOS2 is going to deal with how powerful superman is more so Than the fact that he’s an alien.

      • That is one thing I have found odd about Marvel Studio’s whole approach to their “shared universe”. Even though the Avengers was set in New York and most of the alien artifacts would logically be New York, they have not done much else in New York.

  4. Seems like a better mini-series idea to me.

    • …or better yet, an internet (netflix) miniseries.

  5. Make Drew go back & fix Iron Man 3 first.

    • All Hail the King

  6. Glad I am not the only who saw “Pierce” and “damage control” and instantly thought Iron Man 3. lol.

  7. Every time I think about the events in IM3, I suffer major panic attacks. Only useless banter with a child pulls me out of them.

  8. So basically, he wants to do what Agents Of SHIELD has failed to do and give us an exciting, entertaining product showing non-powered humans getting used to living in a world of superheroes.

    I’d buy that for a dollar.

    I also seem to be the only mature person here regarding Drew’s work on IM3. Not surprised.

    • i already paid a dollar for that idea, but i got ripped off

    • I don’t think the word “mature” would describe that opinion so well. Maybe open- minded? Anyway I didn’t mind the fans’ main gripe: the Mandarin twist. Do y’all really want to see a racist caricature? It’s like if an Indian were the villain, and he was called “the Sikh”, or a villain called “the Hebrew”.

  9. This guy needs to stay as far away from writing as possible. No more ill defined fire breathing baddies, kid sidekicks, kung fu super soldier love interests that save the day, forgotten crutches halfway through such as PTS, or endings that completely disregard the entire plot of the prior movie. Also if you’re going to do something bold like a character twist, don’t turn around and pander like All Hail the King desperately does.

    • Pander around? Black, pierce, and others have said they won’t apologize for the twist. Also the script for AHTK was wrote while they were filming IM3 before audience reactions even happened. It was part of the plan all along.

      • But there is where you are mistaken. All Hail the King IS the apology for the horrid plot twist amidst Iron Man 3 and was not very impressed by such mediocrity. F*ck you Drew Pearce for disappointing us with Iron Man 3 and f*ck you Joss Whedon for sugarcoating the essense of mediocrity that is the Avengers movie.

        • When I watched the one shot I really didn’t get the sense of an apology being in there, in fact I got more mocking the outrage than saying sorry. Maybe that’s just me. I don’t think the twist is worth apologizing for, but than again I liked it when not many seem too. I think they knew going into it that they’d be scrutinized heavily for it and I don’t think they cared. It also shows that they had a bigger plan all along when they make the statements of the ten rings being very old, it’s not just a terrorist/ middle eastern organization, and that the group is not only active but gaining steam. An apology to me would feel like having a similar plot but just saying the real mandarins mad and he’ll come for you, something small to appease fans. Going the length of completely re establishing the ten rings group seems like a master plan that leads to something and was thought of well before Shane Black decided to do the twist and was going to happen whether the twist happened or not.

  10. Off topic a bit, but does anyone else think Jon Bernthal would make a kick ass Punisher?

    • Interesting choice, I like. Although after seeing “Dirty Laundry”, Tomas Jane is my Punisher.

      • Shane Black and company are The Punisher…they sure punished us fans with IM#3!

  11. Rob don’t be shy and post your article…about All Hail…

  12. I remember Damage Control, barely. The first run did last very long and unless they have done something else with the idea recently I can see this being another Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. style of program. My question is unless there are some actual super-powered or very destructive activities going on, what damage are they going to be cleaning up?

  13. Some people complain that there is already too much comedy in the Marvel movies. I don’t think a Dammage Control movie or show would fly.

  14. Why choose unpopular comics like that one or Inhumans or Runaways? please!! first things first.

  15. I think this would work better as a sitcom.

  16. They keep choosing the wrong ideas for the Marvel movies, damn it.

  17. Sean Blakemore should be Black Panther.

  18. Warning spoiler ahead

    After what I seen in all hail to the king I have a feeling marvel does intend to do another iron man movie. With there being an actual manderin who would be a good fit to play the real manderin. I think Jet LI would do a great job. Anybody got other choices?

    • Bobby Lee as the Mandarin

  19. I really want to see Runaways on the big screen. That initial run has some of my favorite books & I would love to see that get adapted. Huge risk? Sure. But the payoff would be so sweet.

  20. It would be fun if Marvel had an anthology show on Netflix with each episode focusing on something quirky and new, including Damage Control. All while remaining canon, of course.

  21. I like this idea. What comic book movies could really use is more variety in the stories they tell. This would fit the bill nicely. I wouldn’t mind seeing some more supers . . . but I am not terribly interested in seeing more origin stories retreading the same stories with a different costume/set of super powers (which are mostly interchangeable for story telling purposes).

    By the by, the Trevor Slattery Mandarin reveal was one of the few moments I really enjoyed in that movie. Kingsley pulled it off brilliantly, I thought. Trying to do a literal translation of that kind of villain always comes off saturday morning cartoonish. See the hot mess that was Christopher Eccleston’s charavter in the Thor sequel (I was hoing to go with Skeletor in the Dolph Lundgren MOTU, but not sure how many would remember him. Worth youtubing).