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Patton Oswalt to Become an 'Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

 

Patton Oswalt to Become an 'Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

 

The first season of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' has already played host to guest appearances by notably macho actors like Samuel L. Jackson ('The Avengers'), Bill Paxton ('Aliens'), and Stan Lee (co-creator of almost every major Marvel character), and will soon invite Adrian Pasdar ('Heroes') into the ranks. Now, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is preparing to welcome possibly its most badass agent to date: actor/comedian Patton Oswalt.

According to a report on Marvel.com, Oswalt will guest star as Agent Eric Koenig in an upcoming episode of the ABC series. Koenig's comic book counterpart was a member of Nick Fury's World War II battalion "The Howling Commandos," but as you might imagine, producers are going in a different direction for the character's Patton Oswalt incarnation. Details as to how Koenig's backstory will be altered have yet to be released.

Contrary to the usual wrangling that goes on before most Hollywood castings, Oswalt accepted his role the old-fashioned way: they called him, and he said yes.

"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,’. I’m lucky that I’m visible enough that they wanted to bring me in to play this character. I’d worked with 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.”

Patton Oswalt to Become an 'Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

While 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' remains way more likely than not to be renewed for a second season, the show's ratings have been on a steady decline over the last few months. 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most recent episode (aired on March 11) earned only a 2.1 in the 18-49 demo, a far cry from the high 2s and low 3s the program averaged in the fall.

Bringing in Oswalt (who boasts more than 1.6 million Twitter followers, and has a giant fanbase among the 18-49 demographic) is very likely an attempt to spike those numbers, and hopefully get them back up in at least the 2.5-3.0 range. ABC hasn't revealed when Oswalt's episode will air yet, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to see it get the coveted May sweeps spot.


Details
Person:
- Patton Oswalt
Network:
- ABC
Show:
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Written by: msd85
Mar 20th, 2014, 7:53 am

Images courtesy of Associated Press

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 21st, 2014, 5:47 pm
I don't want Heroes or complicated stuff... I follow this series 'cause its entertaining, lets me escape reality for 45 min and the story line nor the acting gets on my nerves.
CornBread96

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Since: 14/Dec/11
Message Posted On Mar 20th, 2014, 11:54 pm

It's funny that people complain about the show not having superheros but they said way before the pilot aired there weren't going to be any of the heros on the show.  I like the show and I don't understand why so many people complain about.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 20th, 2014, 8:11 pm
Sfver, I hope they paid well for your post. Despite the fact you are entirely incorrect relating to the show, your writing almost inspired me to believe what you said. Once again, the show took far too long to get rolling. It also failed to offer superheros in a universe where they literally fall from the sky. Resolutions to problems are often silly and seem cobbled together at the last minute by desperate writers on a Latte binge. That said, the recent couple of episodes have become intriguing. Sadly the plot points made should have come at the beginning of the series so as to be explored and fleshed out further than they are now.
Sfver

Message Posted On Mar 20th, 2014, 2:50 pm
I love this show! It doesn't disappoint, even when the plot is standard it doesn't shirk it's ability to maintain great dialogue and pacing to place it above the majority of [somewhat] similar themed action shows. Another beauty for which I applaud the showrunners? They aren't dragging out plot points! Nothing irks me more than shows that have a singular mystery (leaving aside the singularly named shows like Lost, Hostage, etc) that they then proceed to drag out for 13 - 20 episodes. A.O.S has ideas/mysteries that it competently solves along the way, that way one isn't obliged to skip any 'filler' episodes (of which there has yet to be any!) Keep up the good work guys!
Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 20th, 2014, 8:32 am
The show still has not turned that corner into something interesting. I think it started gaining momentum far too late in the season, instead of starting with a bang.
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