‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Will Finally Bring Damage Control to the MCU
After the Avengers defeat the bad guys and the credits roll, who cleans up the mess? Who clears the debris, sweeps up the scraps, and collects all those bits and pieces of alien / mystical / foreign objects — you know, the stuff pedestrians probably shouldn’t get their hands on? Whether you’re a casual or more committed fan of the Marvel universe (or superheroes in general), you’ve likely pondered this very question. Spider-Man: Homecoming will finally give us an answer.
They’re called Damage Control, and in a new interview with Fandango, director Jon Watts confirms that the fictional company from Marvel comics will make its big screen debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Why now? Watts explains:
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 use that to drive the story.
Could Damage Control resurface in future MCU films? The potential is certainly there (even as a perpetual easter egg), and when asked if the company’s introduction might open the door to additional story possibilities in the Marvel universe, Watts says, “Yeah, possibly.”
In the comics, Damage Control was owned by Tony Stark and Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin), and though the former was weary of getting into business with someone so shady, the professional marriage of good and bad was quite fitting for a company that specializes in cleaning up the messes from battles between superheroes and super-villains.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Damage Control is led by Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton). When the company is purchased by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), a disgruntled Toomes is driven to become the villain known as Vulture, his job giving him easy access to dangerous tools and accessories to aid his transformation.
So, will Damage Control factor into the future of the MCU? Maybe, but it seems doubtful that they’d become a major player. If you’re thinking a TV series sounds more appropriate, you’re not far off: As recently as 2016, Marvel and ABC were developing a single-camera sitcom based on the fictional company, but things have been fairly quiet on that front for some time now.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7.