Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt as Agent Eric Koenig
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Patton Oswalt’s dream of a Star Wars-Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover is one step closer to reality, because now he’s working from the inside. has announced the actor/comedian will appear in an upcoming episode of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Eric Koenig.

Koenig is a Marvel throwback to Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #27, as part of Fury’s original comic book band of World War II soldiers.

“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 explained of his role. “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.”

“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,” Oswalt joked. “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.?”

The show’s first season certainly has its share of critics, but Oswalt feels the tone of the series has begun to shift.

“They’re using the Jonathan Hickman model of wheels-within-wheels,” commented Oswalt. “It’s getting into that John Le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy world now, which creates even more tension because you don’t know, is someone lying to me, and are they doing me a favor by lying to me? That’s really great stuff to play as an actor.”

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