The new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer just arrived and it gave us a whole lot of things to get excited about and speculate over as the film's release date gets closer and closer. One of those elements was the inclusion of an #EasterEgg alluding to "Damage Control," the #Marvel team in charge of cleaning up superhero disasters.
Before the trailer dropped, the film's director, #JonWatts, revealed that Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture, would be the owner of a small salvaging company in New York, right before Stark steps in and creates his very own, government-approved organization.
The aforementioned Easter Egg in the new trailer tied into that reveal, as a television screen appears, showing a report about Tony Stark creating "Damage Control":
Given the #MCU's penchant to adapt only specific aspects of its properties, we wondered if the name-drop was simply a nod to the source material. But that's not the case. Jon Watts has just confirmed that, yes, that is the Damage Control from the comics and Spider-Man: Homecoming will act as the team's introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking to Fandango, the director was asked about Tony Stark's new business venture, and he responded with:
"Damage Control, yes. That’s from the comics."
So what kind of role will the quirky clean-up team have in the larger-than-life #superhero universe? Well, when Watts was asked whether Damage Control's appearance could mean bigger things for future movies, he stated:
"Yeah, possibly. For me, in thinking about this movie, it just fit in with our overall philosophy with the kind of story we wanted to tell. In the same way that Peter gives us the ground level view of what it’s like to be a 15-year-old kid in a New York City that was almost destroyed by aliens before the Avengers showed up. You also wonder after all those huge messes are made, who’s sent in to clean up? Is it the normal people who would be hired to do something like that? Does it become a government operation? Is it dangerous? What do you do with all the alien body parts that you find? I really like asking those practical questions about this world, and then using that to drive the story."
That's an intriguing route to go with the characters, and certainly fitting for their environment. However, that brings up a new question.
What's The Next Stop For Damage Control?
Keep in mind that Jon Watts stating the crew could have a larger presence in the MCU doesn't necessarily mean the films. I doubt, for example, Black Panther would take the time to show #DamageControl picking up debris after whatever big battle takes place.
So that got me thinking, could their next stop be on television? Back in 2015, a Damage Control TV show was revealed to have a pilot order by ABC. Since that announcement though, we've heard next to nothing about the project. As we've seen for the past four years, Marvel loves to give the characters working in the background - such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter - their spotlight. So, could Damage Control's appearance in Homecoming be the stepping stone for their own show finally moving forward?
It's quite possible. Marvel could be testing the waters with the crew on this film before committing to giving them an entire series to tell their stories. Marvel always likes to surprise us with the routes in which it takes its properties, however, so we need to know what happens with them in the movie before speculating any further. It's also work that DC's version of the Damage Control concept, #Powerless, has debuted to not-so-stellar ratings and generally mixed reviews. Marvel could either see that as an opportunity to do their own version of it, better, or they could steer clear of it entirely. It's hard to say.
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Keep in mind, regardless of whether they show up next in the movies or a TV show, one thing's for sure: We have six MCU movies (so far) coming in the next three years. With most of them taking place on Earth, the crew will have a lot to do for the foreseeable future.
Damage Control is a pretty fun concept to bring into a world that has its biggest cities destroyed every other Tuesday by super-powered beings. So I can't wait to see where the group will pop up in the future.
What do you think about the integration of Damage Control in the MCU? What could they bring to the universe? Let me know in the comments!