- "A joint venture between Stark Industries and the federal government, the Department of Damage Control will oversee collection and storage of alien and other exotic materials. Experts estimate there are over 1,500 tons of exotic materials scattered throughout the tristate area."
- ―TV Reporter
Damage Control was originally a S.H.I.E.L.D. branch that primarily specialized in acquiring and storing unique artifacts while acting from physical and media standpoints. Following its purchase by Tony Stark and the United States, the branch was rebranded the Department of Damage Control.
Duel in Los Angeles
A few minutes after Tony Stark's battle with Obadiah Stane, Stark and James Rhodes were taken to a secret base where they encountered S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson. Coulson told them that Stark's fight against Stane was good, but that he needs to learn how to become a real fighter. While they spoke, the Damage Control team was present both at the highway and Stark Industries Headquarters to contain and repair all damage done.
The following day, before a press conference for Tony Stark, a TV news ticker-tape mentioned that Damage Control Officials were to issue a report on the Duel of Los Angeles within the following days.
Under New Management
Shortly after the Battle of New York, Damage Control was purchased by Tony Stark and the federal government in a joint venture. Under Executive Order 396-B, all post-battle clean up would fall under the Department of Damage Control's jurisdiction. This caused companies such as Toomes Salvage Company to lose post-battle contracts.