As Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up it’s inaugural season, it seems ABC’s semi-superhero related procedural as a few surprises (and definite fanservice moments) planned. Marvel.com has announced that comedian and life long comic book nerd Patton Oswalt with be making an appearance on the show, joining the likes of Bill Paxton, Adrian Pasdar, John Garrett and of course Stan Lee.
Stunt casting? Maybe, but who cares! It’s Patton Oswalt, I could watch that man eat Cheetos for 40 minutes and still be entertained. So who is he playing? Well that might be a little surprising to some.
Oswalt has signed on as Agent Eric Koenig, and even Oswalt was surprised by that:
“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.?'”
I am glad that Patton cracked the hacky M.O.D.O.K. joke, a first strike disarming lame internet ‘comedians.’ Well done sir.
So, who is this Agent Koenig? Well consulting the very same wiki page Patton did will quickly reveal that the actor might seem an odd choice for someone wanting the show to cling to the source material. Koenig, who first appeared in issue #27 of Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos in 1966, is described as a former Nazi party member that doubted the Fuhrer’s leadership capabilities and was eventually convinced to switched sides to the Allies by Nick Fury. Fan Casting usually mentions actors like Charlie Hunnam, Michael Rosenbaum or, Thomas Kretschmann for the role of the tall blonde blue-eyed aryan agent.
Yes I think that’d be a stretch for Oswalt, even if he did show his extreme range playing a rat in a CGI cartoon.
Another point worth mentioning is that he is clearly a fan of the show. Calling the regular cast a ‘scrappy bunch of agents’ that are working to bring down ‘Avenger-level threats’ without the firepower of an Iron Man, Thor or, Hulk.
They introduced Agent Garrett (played by Bill Paxton), who’s one of my favorite Marvel characters, and I kept asking them on the set, ‘is he going to be an android [like in the comics]?’ They’re just like, ‘you’ll have to wait and see.’ They clearly have plans. This is not the mid-’90s anymore where they just handed comic book properties to anybody, they’re thinking I’m making a comic book [TV series] in this awesome universe and I don’t want to mess it up. And that’s a different motivation than what was happening in the ’90s, and that’s real cool. I’m glad that changed, that they’re giving them to guys that welcome the tension of, ‘how do I make popular entertainment that still acknowledges this big fanbase that cares about this universe? And if I’m going to change things, can I do it in a way that makes them go oh wow?'”
Oswalt really love bombs everything that Marvel is doing with the TV show through the whole interview and is clearly excited to be a part of the show. Not going to lie, that excitement seems to be a little infectious because I am really excited for it now too. With Oswalt’s role well cemented as a hero of the internet, not to mention classic moments like his Star Wars/Marvel Universe filibuster on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, It will be interesting to see how they use him on the show.
While we don’t know when Patton’s episode will air (or if he’ll be in blue tights with that charming white belt, boots and gloves combo,) we can look forward to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returning Tuesday April 1st 8 p.m. on ABC.