Marvel is expanding their TV universe into half-hour comedy. ABC has teamed with corporate sibling Marvel Television to develop Damage Control, a half-hour scripted comedy series based on the comic book series of the same name, TVWise has learned.
Damage Control follows overworked and underpaid clean-up crew of the Marvel Universe. Their specialty is dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from superhero conflicts, such as returning a lost ray gun to its rightful owner or rescheduling a wedding venue after it is vaporised in a battle. Sometimes the most important heroes are the ones behind the scenes.
The Daily Show‘s Ben Karlin is developing the comedy and will pen the script. Marvel Television and ABC’s sister studio ABC Studios will produce, with David Miner, Ben Karlin and Jeph Loeb serving as the executive producers. At present, the project has only received a script commitment, but Paul Lee and his executives are keen to further expand the slate of Marvel series on ABC.
Assuming it goes to pilot and ultimately series, this would be the first Marvel comedy on ABC (both of which are owned by Disney) and would grow the network’s slate of Marvel scripted series to three; joining the existing Marvel’s Agent’s Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter. ABC is also developing another Marvel series from John Ridley and a new Marvel’s Agent’s Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off titled Marvel’s Most Wanted.
Perhaps not coincidentally, ABC’s decision to hand out a script commitment to Damage Control comes not too long after NBC announced that they were developing a half-hour comic book comedy from the Warner Bros. Television based DC Comics. That project, Powerless, is set one of the worst insurance companies in America and has received a pilot production commitment.