The mid-credits scene in “Ms. Marvel” Episode 1 teased the return of the US government’s Department of Damage Control (DODC), now primarily represented by Agent Cleary (Arian Moayed), who also briefly appeared in “Spider-Man: No Home.” Cleary and another DODC agents receive footage of the AvengerCon incident and decide to track down who is responsible.
While the MCU’s DODC has been around for a long time, it’s become significantly more antagonistic in the wake of Avengers: Endgame. Agent Cleary briefly investigates Peter Parker (Tom Holland) for his role in Mysterio’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) death, but in Kamala’s case, the agents strike a noticeably more somber tone, as they specifically choose to search temples, community centers, and mosques throughout the tri-state area for this new improved individual. Cleary even suggests to Zoe Zimmer that the enhanced person at the event actually tried to kill her; It seems that nothing good can come of Kamala interacting with the DODC.
Clock is clearly not in the DODC’s wheelhouse; At the end of Episode 2, they approach Kamala with drones and an assault team, ready to fight head on rather than talk. Kamala escapes, but the brief confrontation raises some questions about the series’ main villain to date. Why is the DODC only selectively interested in capturing superheroes? The department does not appear in either The Falcon and the Winter Soldier or Hawkeye, in which both superheroes act on their own, but does spend time investigating teenagers in the form of Peter and now Kamala.