The superhero studio supreme is introducing some funny business into the TV wing of the Marvel Universe.
The Hollywood Reporter says that ABC has ordered a script from Marvel for a half-hour comedy pilot called Damage Control, based on the Marvel Comics property that has been the subject of four limited comic-book series.
The concept focuses on the title organization, which is charged with cleaning up the wreckage left behind by battles between superheroes and supervillains. Lost a powerful ray gun? Need a wedding rescheduled after a massive fight pulverized the venue? Looking for that prize African parrot that's gone missing and may be turned to stone or goo? Damage Control are the folks you call.
The original Damage Control first appeared in the comics in 1989 and was founded by Mrs. Ann-Marie Hoag, with initial funding supplied by Tony Stark and Wilson Fisk (yes, the Kingpin himself).The company has changed hands a few times, although Mrs. Hoag is the current owner.
The show is being developed by former Daily Show and Colbert Report writer/producer Ben Karlin, who will be one of three executive producers along with David Miner (Parks and Recreation) and Marvel TV head honcho Jeph Loeb. If it's picked up, it will be the third Marvel series to hit the ABC airwaves, following Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, with a fourth (Marvel's Most Wanted) and fifth (a secret project being developed by John Ridley) possibly on the way as well.
Does Damage Control sound to you like a fun way for Marvel TV to get into the comedy genre?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)