After plot details and LEGO boxes lead to months of speculation about a certain obscure Marvel property, the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming has confirmed a key detail about his film.
Damage Control is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The comic was originally created by the late Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colón. It focused on the titular company and its employees and how they deal with the regular happenings of superpowered showdowns.
Watts revealed that Tony Stark owns the company in the film, which gives working-class Adrian Toomes a bunch of grief as his company regularly did a lot of that work. This causes an impetus for Toomes' villainous turn as the Vulture, though something tells us all he needed was a little nudge to go over the edge.
"For me, in thinking about this movie, it just fit in with our overall philosophy with the kind of story we wanted to tell," Watts said. "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."
The Damage Control comics contained many hilarious and memorable scenes in the pages, including the Punisher storming their headquarters in New York City's Flatiron Building, and the company accountant Albert Cleary confronting Dr. Doom after the villain defaulted on his retainer payments.
Seriously, it's on par with Luke Cage storming Latveria to get that 20 bucks Doom owed him.
While the company allows for Watts' film to explore a lot of loose ends that have been left in the Marvel films over the course of the shared universe's history, Damage Control's introduction also provides a foundation for many interactions previously unseen in the MCU.
The company is co-owned by Stark and Wilson Fisk in the comics, but it's unlikely we'll get to see Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin show up in a proper Marvel film. But at least the connection is there should they choose to explore it.
Damage Control: The Movie Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters on July 7.
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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.