Patton Oswald Signs on to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Actor/Comedian Patton Oswald has signed on to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it was revealed today.
Oswald will join the team as Agent Eric Koenig in an upcoming episode of the show.
“I got a call from my agent saying they want you on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I said ‘hell, yes,’” the actor revealed to Marvel earlier today. “I’m lucky that I’m visible enough that they wanted to bring me in to play this character. I’d worked with [‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Executive Producer] Joss [Whedon] before on ‘Dollhouse,’ and I guess I wasn’t too annoying and they decided to put me on another one of his shows. So I was very lucky.”
Oswald’s character Koenig was a member of Fury’s original team of World War II soldiers in the comics.
Speaking on the tone of the show and its faithfulness to the comic series, Oswald added “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?”
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues Tuesdays on ABC.