The network has bought a script for a half-hour, single-camera sitcom that follows the overworked, underpaid clean-up crew of the Marvel Universe, Variety has learned. Currently titled “Damage Control,” the project landed a put pilot commitment.
According to the series description, the Marvel cleaning crew specializes in dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from super hero conflicts. They are the ones who are in charge of returning lost ray guns to their rightful owners, help to reschedule a wedding venue after it has been vaporized in a super hero battle or even track down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo. Sometimes the most important super heroes are the ones behind the scenes — and that’s who “Damage Control” will follow.
The series in contention was developed by Ben Karlin (“The Daily Show,” “Modern Family”) who will exec produce with David Miner and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb. ABC Studios and Marvel TV will produce.
Delving into comedy is a natural extension for ABC and Marvel, who have a strong partnership with successful dramas in “Marvels Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter.”
Also in the works at ABC is a “SHIELD” spinoff, “Marvel’s Most Wanted,” which will revolve around Adrianne Palicki‘s character Mockingbird and Nick Blood’s Lance Hunter. The project landed a pilot production commitment. Additionally, “American Crime” creator John Ridley is developing a top-secret Marvel project for ABC.
“Damage Control” isn’t the only super hero comedy in the works for television. Over at NBC, a DC Comics workplace comedy in the vein of “The Office” has landed a pilot production commitment. Titled “Powerless,” that series is expected to see the likes of Batman and Superman.