In addition to adventure series like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and gritty Netflix dramas like “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” recent reports have revealed that Marvel Television is prepping a few comedy series for their shared cinematic universe. ABC has ordered a pilot script for a comedy series based on the Marvel comic “Damage Control,” and a second half-hour comedy is rumored to be in development as well.
As both projects are still in development, there isn’t much executive vice president of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb can actually say about the potential series. While speaking with ComicBook.com, Loeb did comment on the role humor plays in Marvel projects.
“When you look at any Marvel property, our secret sauce has always been not so secret in that we believe that humor is part of it,” said Loeb. “It doesn’t really matter how dark we get, and certainly people felt that Daredevil and Jessica Jones were darker than they had expected Marvel properties to go, there’s still a great deal of humor in those shows. There are moments of levity that are in life that you need to bring to the table, or else it just becomes overwhelmingly oppressive.”
With the subject matter tackled by superhero properties, Loeb explained that humor helps out. “We’re bringing that a man can get bitten by a radioactive spider and then go out and swing across the skyscrapers of Manhattan, or that a blind superhero can actually, somehow, use his heightened senses in order to take down those that are opposed to abiding by the law,” said Loeb. “If you’re going to have that as part of it, it’s always a good idea to make sure that the audience is aware that, yeah, it’s funny. It helps along the way in telling the story.”
Loeb did hypothetically discuss the potential comedies, saying, “If we were to explore half-hour comedies, we would keep in mind what’s important about Marvel, which is that it needs to feel grounded and real, and at the same time that it has that kind of rebellious quality to it.”