Between standard television and streaming services like Netflix, comic book fans have a wide variety of shows to choose from. The CW has been developing its own DC Comics universe with Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow while other DC Comics characters can be found on Gotham and the upcoming Supergirl. Branching out from superheroes, there are even more series pulling from comic book inspirations.
Marvel, however, has developed a number of television series within their cinematic universe established by 2008’s Iron Man. This includes Daredevil and the upcoming Jessica Jones on Netflix as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC. Marvel TV is looking to expand the ABC side of its universe by ordering pilots of the previously announced Marvel’s Most Wanted and now a half-hour comedy series based on Marvel Comics’ Damage Control.
Deadline is reporting ABC committed to the comedy pilot based on Damage Control, a company within the universe that deals with the aftermath of superhero antics. Ben Karlin, former executive producer on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, developed the series and will pen the pilot. Additionally, he’ll serve as executive producer alongside David Miner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation) and head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb.
The employees of Damage Control were first introduced in the comics in 1988 and led a handful of limited series in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Created by writer Dwayne McDuffie and artist Ernie Colón, the concept was originally pitched as “a sitcom within the Marvel Universe.” The Damage Control team also played a role in Civil War, though it seems unlikely they’ll appear in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. As it is, if ABC’s Damage Control is ordered to series, it will most likely premiere Fall 2016.
Though Damage Control is the first Marvel TV comedy series, it’s the second superhero comedy pilot ordered this year. In the spring, NBC ordered a pilot for Powerless, a single-camera comedy similar to The Office set in the DC Universe.
With the recent drastic increase of superhero and comic book television series — coinciding with the genre’s popularity at the box office — it seemed likely that networks would attempt to bring in shows with different tones and varied characters. Comic book movies have been diversifying their genre by tapping into others, like political thrillers or space operas, so it makes sense that superhero TV shows will follow a similar path.
Of course, whether ABC’s Damage Control — or NBC’s Powerless, for that matter — are successful remains to be seen. However, with Karlin’s writing talent, Miner’s previous experience with workplace comedies, and Loeb’s oversight within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Damage Control stands a good chance of allowing fans to see the lighter side of superhero conflicts.
What do you think of a comedy series based on Damage Control? Would you watch it? Sound off in the comments!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues Tuesday with ‘Purpose in the Machine’ at 9pm ET on ABC. Agent Carter season 2 will air in early 2016. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information about Marvel’s Most Wanted and Damage Control as it becomes available.
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