Marvel has announced that comedian Patton Oswalt (Big Fan, Justified) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Eric Koenig.
Koening was a character created by Stan Lee and Dick Ayers. He made his comic book debut in 1966 in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #27. The character was a member of Nick Fury's original battalion during World War II. I'm sure they'll be making a few changes to his origin in the series, but it will be fun to see Oswalt in the show. Here's what Oswalt had to say about it,
“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,’” recounts the actor. “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.
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's been awhile since I've watched the show, but I've been told that it's actually gotten better, so I'll be catching up on it.
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