Variety has just announced that actor Ken Marino has joined the cast of Agent Carter‘s second season as mob boss Joseph Manfredi. Per Variety, Manfredi is a “volatile leader in the Maggia crime syndicate who will help Peggy Carter’s (Hayley Atwell) adversaries further their agenda.” Joseph Manfredi is actually a character from the comics that uses the alias Blackwing, who is the son of crime-lord Silvio Manfredi and has the ability to control bats. Given the inclusion of both Madame Masque & the Maggia this season, it’s easy to assume some of this will at least make its way to the screen in Agent Carter.
Here’s the full report from Variety:
“We’ve loved working with Ken ever since he played a gay ex-demon for us on ‘Reaper,’ and we were so happy he was available for this role,” said “Agent Carter” exec producers [Tara] Butters, [Michele] Fazekas and Chris Dingess, who also worked on the CW show. “His range is incredible — he can go from comedy to romance to drama with ease. Writing for him is easy, because he can do pretty much anything. And he used to have a karaoke room in his house, which makes him even more awesome.”
Marvel’s head of television and “Agent Carter” exec producer Jeph Loeb commented, “At Marvel, even our villains need a certain degree of charm as they make life difficult for our heroes. Ken brings a quality to Joseph Manfredi that only serves to make him even more menacing, adding another layer of depth to our already outstanding supporting cast.”
Known for starring in comedies “Childrens Hospital,” “Party Down,” NBC’s “Marry Me” and dating show spoof “Burning Love,” Marino’s other credits include “Dawson’s Creek” and “Veronica Mars.” He reprised his original “Wet Hot American Summer” role in the recent Netflix revival series.
Marino joins new additions Kurtwood Smith as Vernon Masters, Wynn Everett as Whitney Frost/Madame Masque, Currie Graham as Calvin Chadwick, Lotte Verbeek as Ana Jarvis and Reggie Austin as Jason Wilkes.
Agent Carter will return for its second season during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s mid-season break in 2016.