CBTVB: ABC Developing Marvel’s Damage Control for New Comedy Series
By Muuka Muyumba
Deadline is reporting that Marvel has received a committed deal from ABC to produce a half-hour live-action comedy arena with Damage Control, a single-camera comedy project based on the Marvel Comics books. There has already been an allusion to the hero-support crew in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but only briefly in at the end of Iron Man.
The crew of buff contractors was introduced in 1988 and got their first storyline the next year in Marvel Comics Presents, Damage Control. They now have a recurring presence on the pages of Marvel Comics, and have been the subject of four limited series to date. The late, great Dwayne McDuffie and the very alive Ernie Colón created the concept. Shortly after McDuffie’s passing, Marvel’s animated Ultimate Spider-Man honored him with a Damage Control centered episode that even saw one of the crew resembling McDuffie.
The show is being developed for TV by former Daily Show and Colbert Report executive producer Ben Karlin. However, the report does not include any details on when production would begin on a pilot. Karlin will write the script for the project, which he executive produces alongside 3 Arts’ David Miner and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb.