The cast of Agent Carter has found a new villain in Ken Marino, who joins the cast of season two as Joseph Manfredi, Variety reports. The character on the show is described as a "volatile leader in the Maggia crime syndicate" working with Carter's adversaries. It's a recurring role, confirmed by the executive producers and Marvel's head of TV Jeph Loeb. The second season airs early 2016, during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s winter hiatus.
"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," Loeb said.
Marino is known most widely for his comedic roles, most recently in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Axe Cop, Childrens Hospital, Marry me, and previous roles and appearance on The League, Party Down, Reaper (from the Agent Carter producing team), and Veronica Mars.
"His range is incredible," said the executive producers, Tara Butters, Mechele Fazekas, and Chris Dingess in a joint-released statement. "He can go from comedy to romance to drama with ease. Writing for him is easy, because he can do pretty much anything."
In the comics, Joseph Manfredi is the son of villain Silvermane, and becomes a villain himself, most often clashing with (and first appearing in) Daredevil. The character was a HYDRA base leader for a time, so it's highly possible that at least that tie, of the Manfredis to HYDRA, could be used in the show. He probably won't be sporting his Blackwing costume from the comics on this much more realistically-based show, though.