‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ to Feature Patton Oswalt as a Guest Star

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Marvel keeps adding adjunct pieces to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., tabbing comedian, actor, and nerd conscience Patton Oswalt to play the part of Agent Eric Koenig for a guest spot on the ABC series.

Oswalt, whose appearance will surely excite hardcore fans since he is one of our own, follows in the footsteps of other fan favorites like Aliens actor Bill Paxton as John Garrett and Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar as Glenn Talbot, but he surely isn’t coming aboard for buzz alone.

Oswalt is an accomplished character actor who has delivered poignant performances in Big FanYoung Adult, and a guest spot on the Joss Whedon produced Dollhouse. (Oswalt also wrote a one-shot Firefly comic book in 2010.) He’s very much an asset on any project, and it seems like he is as giddy as a child to get the chance to be in this particular project, though it seems as if he is also a little bit conflicted.

Here’s Oswalt telling Marvel.com about the blessing and the curse of being on a Marvel show:

“When you’re in something, now you know what’s coming. A big part of me is still a big consumer of this stuff. I have friends now that write some of the comics, and they’ll send me issues, [but] I like having to wait until every Wednesday and get it once a month. That’s sort of part of the story for me. It’s that push-pull of, I want to know stuff now, but I also like the waiting is part of the fun. [Marvel’s] doing so much stuff [though], and now with the Netflix [deal], there’s always going to be enough to wait for and rub my hands together for. That will never be a problem.”

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Speaking of that push-pull, Oswalt revealed his losing campaign to avoid asking about spoilers while on set before offering up a bit of praise for Marvel – though, at this point, it seems pretty obvious that he’s just buttering them up in an effort to get Koenig into the Star Wars/Marvelverse amalgam film that Oswalt pitched on Parks and Recreation.

“They introduced Agent Garrett, 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?’”

With regard to Koenig, Oswalt didn’t offer up much of anything at all, but he did joke a bit about his research for the role.

“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,” laughs Oswalt. “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.?”

In the comics, Koenig is a Nick Fury ally, but also a former Nazi who later switched allegiances and joined the Howling Commandos. He was also a spy at one point. As for Koenig’s role on the show, there is nothing to indicate if Oswalt’s character will stick around for more than one episode.

It’s fair to wonder if his appearance will be sparked by whatever (if any) changes come to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but we just don’t know. Someone of Oswalt’s caliber isn’t someone you’d burn off for a minor, one-off role though, right?


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesdays @8PM

Source: Marvel

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  1. Although the show has improved vastly imo, they need to throw a bigger budget into it or something. It just looks cheap.

    • It’s the directors.

    • Its the writers, directors, and producers. The budget for this show is HUGE. The pilot cost 12 million to produce. The New York Times covered this story back in the fall.
      I dont know what they are doing with this money. No way this show should be this underwhelming with Disney/Mavel funding. INexcusable.

  2. I laughed when he mentioned he wanted to play MODOK… cause even I thought it would be perfect XD

  3. Can not wait to see the clever Patton Oswalt as MODOK photoshops :)

  4. Ive never watched an episode…..I may watch a paton oswalt one.

    • Same here. And yeah, when I saw Oswalt and Agents of SHIELD together, I instantly thought of MODOK. He’s perfect!

  5. smart move Marvel. Patton is not only a gifted actor/comedian put he’s one of the most knowledgeable comic geeks out there. I can’t wait to see him. and by the way would be totally cool with him playing MODOK. should be interesting to see what they do with Koeing, hopefully it’s a substantial arc, as Jason wrote you don’t waste Patton Oswalt on one episode. Sky Cake! :)

  6. Great casting!!! This guy is the archetypal super spy.

  7. This show could learn a lot from Person of Interest.

    • +100000000

    • Indeed!

  8. Two things:

    1: Eff Yeah! I love Patton Oswald! Super excited for this episode! Glad they are bringing in a lot more characters from the comics.

    2: I wonder what features from the character will carry forward? In the comics he is an old timey Nazi turned Howling Commando who looks absolutely nothing like Oswald. But they have taken liberties with other SHIELD agents thus far (Sitwell, Garrett, Hand). He was actually pretty fantastic on Dollhouse (not that it was hard to stand out).

    Welcome to Marvel Mr. Oswald!

  9. smart move casting him – even if just for one episode … for now. EVERY character can end up coming back for any future project – film or tv show … or a Marvel One-Shot, which are proving to be quite popular.

    clearly he’s a fan favorite (from multiple perspectives) and since in the Whedon “family,” it was only a matter of time before they cast him and they probably wanted to book him asap for something before DC wanted to cast him as the Penguin, safe to say he would be a top contender now that Phillip Seymore Hoffman is gone.

  10. i don’t get this guys comedy half the time, but he is a good character actor

    • These email addresses are not monitored. It’s useless.

  11. Thanx for the info. I will definitely write tonight on both these shows’ behalfs, as I enjoy both of them. Glad to see I am not the only one who believes in writing for and fighting for the shows I like!

    • spread the word my friend, spread the word – please copy & paste my message as is and hopefully it will help

      I find the “future tech” in Almost Human really intriguing as it definitely all (most) seems like stuff that at some point will be developed – fascinating to say the least, but they keep it modern enough for the average viewer to be able to enjoy the show.
      and the chemistry between Karl Ubran and Michael Ealey (sp?) – they hit the jackpot, be a real shame to cancel it so soon.

      and AoS – the possibilities are endless and especially as they’re definitely getting their grove creatively – Dollhouse found it but it was just a little late – funny enough it was during season 2 around the time Patton Oswalt was introduced. May be he’s a show fixer – like the Rock is a movie fixer – got a movie franchise that needs juice – cast the Rock. got a tv that needs a boost – call Patton Oswalt!

      and yes he could probably make a great Modok – although I’m hoping to see either the Serpent Society or Flagsmasher would be cool or of course …. TASKMASTER !

  12. More gimmicks to watch the mediocre show.

    Besides, Patt Oswald is overrated.

    • Your opinion of patton is overrated

  13. As much as people dislike The Tomorrow People (I don’t understand why, despite the cheesiness I love it), even they just did a superhero-esque episode!
    C’mon already AoS show us some “uprising”! We need more Marvel action!!

  14. I like Deathlok, depite his cosplay vest. I like the guest stars. I think the clairvoyant is KANG the conquerer. Oswald is likely an invented character for the show, BUT the real question is: When is Graviton returning?

  15. having seen cap 2 it will be interesting to see how they try and tie everything in I kind of hope may is evil like they teased

  16. God I want him to be M.O.D.O.C.K. so badly haha

    • M.O.D.O.K.* haven’t had my coffee yet

  17. That’s awesome. AoS has finally realized their show is a joke and now hired a comedian to prolong the torture.

  18. Really solid character actor with a great sense of humor that’s a fan as well? What a coup. Marvel really keeps knocking it out of the park on casting, and the show (and world/universe they’re building) keeps getting better and better because of it.

  19. My bold prediction: Samuel Sterns, aka The Leader will be The Clairvoyant. That would be a nice Incredible Hulk plothole to be repaired. In The Leader’s powers & abilities, it is listed that, “His ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance.” The Clairvoyant has known pretty much every move that Shield would make, so this theory makes sense. *You heard it here fist! Says StarMan

  20. Could Graviton be the Clarevoyant?

    Also io would love to see Arcade in this show. He’d be a great foe for the team to face. Arcade as a movie villain with Bryan Singer in the chair.