With the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the first complete wall-crawler trilogy in over a decade came to a close. Sony and Marvel Studios’ groundbreaking agreement allowed Spider-Man to interact with the rest of the Marvel universe for the first time ever before this deal was made public knowledge. There were numerous encounters with other Marvel characters in the trilogy, including Iron Man and Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange and the Department of Damage Control.
As a result of ABC’s plan to develop Damage Control into a half-hour, single-camera comedy series, Marvel had big plans for the government agency as a group whose job was to clean up the aftermath of superhero conflicts. In the end, Damage Control was canceled after a pilot that was never aired, even though it had been scheduled to premiere in 2016.
To retrieve the alien artifacts left behind in the aftermath of the Battle of New York, the government agency made its MCU debut in 2017 with Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was Damage Control’s latest No Way Home appearance that saw Peter Parker arrested for his alleged role in Mysterio’s London attack.
Arian Moayed’s Agent Cleary was joined by one familiar face from Spider-Man: Homecoming that almost everyone missed. Eagle-eyed After a long search, Reddit user KostisPat257 discovered that Damage Control Agent Foster from Spider-Man: Homecoming made an unexpected appearance in No Way Home during Peter Parker’s incarceration.
Among the Damage Control agents who faced the pre-Vulture Adrian Toomes in Homecoming’s flashback opening, Foster was one of the most prominent. Damage Control Director Anne Marie Hoag and Foster went to Adrian Toomes and his salvage crew to claim jurisdiction over the Battle of New York rubble.
It was a “snide” comment about Michael Keaton’s Vulture-to-be that prompted the Damage Control agent to punch Foster..
Initially appearing in the 2012 flashback of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Gary Weeks’ Foster played Adrian Toomes’ Damage Control agent. For the last 12 years, or seven if he blipped, Foster appears to have maintained a fairly average role in the department.
German-American actor Gary Weeks was probably taken aback when he received the callback for No Way Home after appearing in such a small role in Spider-Man: Homecoming nearly five years prior. Nevertheless, his reappearance is yet another illustration of how Marvel maintains its strict canon continuity and continues to construct a working world.