For those unaware in the Marvel comics world, there is a company co-owned by Tony Stark and Wilson Fisk that comes in once the heroic deeds are done and cleans up the mess left behind by the costumed do-gooders, and that company goes by the name of ‘Damage Control.’ Once a comic created by the late Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colon, the Damage Control stories focused on the working class of the Marvel universe who had to clean up the mess left by the heroes, showing just who the real heroes were, the people left behind to pick up the pieces. And since the MCU has been slowly building upon the theme of the world not tolerating all that well the antics of the Avengers and their ilk and getting tired of cleaning up their messes, it is no surprise to see the Damage Control team being introduced onto the big screen during ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ (in the MCU being owned by Tony Stark alone), and having Adrian Toomes (aka the Vulture) being an employee who clearly will be fed up with the antics of heroes.
During a recent conversation with Fandango, director Jon Watts spoke on the introduction of Damage Control in his film:
“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.”
While I like the idea of using the Damage Control company to tie up some loose ends about who cleaned up New York after the alien invasion and who gets stuck most of the time cleaning up the Avengers’ messes, I do worry about how many things are going on in this Spidey flick, with Vulture, Shocker, Spidey, and Iron Man all being featured so far, I just don’t want to see the film suffer from the issues of ‘Spider-Man 3’ or ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ both of which tried to balance way too many characters (especially villains).
What are your thoughts on introducing Damage Control to the MCU? Do you think it is a good fit for this movie? Share your opinions in the comments below!
Full synopsis below:
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, a young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.