Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Patton Oswalt Joins as Comic Agent Eric Koenig
The latest previews from Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ proved that the ‘Avengers‘-adjacent series will significantly expand its ranks before the May series finale, and its latest addition is the most fan-friendly yet. Comedian and voice of the nerd pantheon Patton Oswalt himself will join the ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ in the coming weeks as Marvel comics’ Agent Eric Koenig, hopefully bringing his patented ‘Parks and Recreation‘ filibuster one step closer to reality.
According to Marvel, Oswalt will appear in an unknown future episode as Koenig, a character who first appeared in ‘Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos’ issue #27, one of the original team of World War II soldiers from the comics, but obviously not present among the gang in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ As for how Oswalt obtained his first Marvel Cinematic Universe role, given his past with Joss Whedon‘s ‘Dollhouse,’ Oswalt joked that he had simply been asked out of the blue, and accepted.
Looking deeper into his role, Oswalt even investigated a few presumptions about the character that might prove tantalizing for Marvel fans:
When they first told me the character’s name, I’ll admit the first thing I did is I went on Wikipedia and looked up the M.O.D.O.K. character to see if Koenig was maybe his name before he became M.O.D.O.K., but it wasn’t. They keep on talking about the Clairvoyant in the show and I’m like, ‘is that M.O.D.O.K.? Am I M.O.D.O.K.?
It remains to be seen when exactly Oswalt will pop up among the ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ though we at least know that coming weeks beyond the April 1 return installment, “End of the Beginning,” will see ‘Heroes‘ star Adrian Pasdar appearing as ‘Hulk‘ antagonist Glenn Talbot. “End of the Beginning,” meanwhile, features a fairly comic-looking Deathlok, as well as an ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ bingo with Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), Jasper Sitwell (Maximilliano Hernandez), Blake (Titus Welliver) and John Garrett (Bill Paxton).
You can take a look at Patton Oswalt in character below as Agent Eric Koenig, and tell us in the comments what you want to see from future ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ installments!