'Agent Carter' cast news: 'Children's Hospital's' Ken Marino to star as volatile Maggia crime syndicate leader

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Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is expected to return to the small screen in 2016 with 10 all-new episodes of “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” The introduction of a new setting in the show’s second season will also serve as the backdrop for new characters, including a new villain named Joseph Manfredi, to be played by actor Ken Marino.

In a post on Marvel’s website, Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, said, “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.” 

Marino is known for playing Jake Shuffman in “Marry Me,” Dr. Glenn Richie in “Children’s Hospital,” and Victor Pulak in “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” In “Agent Carter,” he will be seen heading the Maggia crime syndicate. Having been described as volatile, this new villain is expected to pose a big challenge for Peggy in the show’s second season.

Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, and Michele Fazekas, the executive producers of “Agent Carter,” also have high praises for the actor, saying, “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.” 

Peggy will be meeting Marino’s Joseph Manfredi in post-World War II Los Angeles. She is tasked to move from season 1’s New York setting to Tinseltown to crack down a threat in what is described as her most dangerous assignment yet. In the process, as she adjusts to her new home and meets new friends, she might even come across a new love interest as she moves on from her lost love, Steve Rogers aka Captain America.

Along with Atwell and Marino, season 2 of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” will also star James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Agent Jack Thompson and Enver Gjokaj as Chief Daniel Sousa. It is expected to air on ABC in 2016, most likely during the mid-season break of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”