ABC Prepping Marvel Comedy 'Damage Control'

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Marvel Television is getting into the comedy business.

ABC has ordered a script for a half-hour, single-camera comedy from the Avengers studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Marvel's Damage Control centers on the overworked and underpaid cleanup crew of the Marvel Universe. Their specialty is dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from superhero conflicts, like returning lost ray guns to their rightful owners, rescheduling a wedding venue after it has been vaporized in a battle or even tracking down a missing prize African parrot that's been turned to stone or goo. Sometimes the most important heroes are the ones behind the scenes.

The concept is based on Marvel Comics' Damage Control, which debuted in 1989. Four limited series have been released.

Ben Karlin (The Daily Show, Modern Family) developed the project and will exec produce with David Miner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation) and Marvel's head of television, Jeph Loeb. ABC Studios and Marvel Television will produce.

Marvel isn't the only comics company entering the comedy space. In August, NBC gave a pilot production commitment to DC Comics' Powerless, which hails from A to Z creator Ben Queen and Warner Bros. TV.

Damage Control marks the latest collaboration between Marvel and ABC, which is already home to Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. The two are also working on a pilot, Marvel's Most Wanted, centered on the Mockingbird and Lance Hunter characters, as well as a top-secret project from American Crime creator John Ridley.

Karlin, whose credits also include The Colbert Report, is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.