Parks and Recreation is one of the most beloved workplace sitcoms of all time. Even years after the show ended in 2015, fans continue to relive all the fun and laughs the show produced over its seven seasons.
The long-running NBC sitcom may be best known for its comedy, but the series has also hosted several surprise cameos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including one from the recently released Disney+ series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Katheryn Hahn was a frequent guest star on Parks and Recreation, playing all-star campaign manager Jennifer Barkley. She appeared in 11 episodes in total and managed to make her mark on the show by getting into an intense rivalry with Leslie Knope while coming up with some hilarious quotes.
Hahn is also known among superhero fans for portraying one of the best villains the MCU has ever seen. Appearing as the witch Agatha Harkness in Marvel’s first Disney+ original series, WandaVision, Hahn made such an impact on audiences that she will return in 2023 for her own newly retitled spin-off, Coven of Chaos.
Chris Pratt was a little-known star when he was cast as a guest star in Season 1 of Parks and Recreation. As the lovable idiot, Andy Dwyer, Pratt quickly became beloved by fans and returned to a regular role in Season 2 and the following five seasons of the series.
During Season 5 of Parks and Recreation, Andy briefly left Pawnee and took a job in England so that Pratt could play the role of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) in the MCU film Guardians of the Galaxy. The film would become a complete hit, leading to several more appearances of Pratt’s space superhero, including in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, which is slated for a May 2023 release.
Bradley Whitford, an actor known for his appearances in films such as Get Out and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, had a guest role in Season 4 of Parks and Recreation. Whitford played the passionate Councilman Pillner, the man Leslie Knope replaces on the City Council, in the episode “Live Ammo”.
In the MCU, Whitford had a minor role as Colonel John Flynn in the Marvel one-shot Agent Carter (which would later become a full series of the same name, but without Whitford’s involvement). The actor would then later return to Flynn in the series premiere of the animated anthology spin-off What If…?
As notoriously difficult to reach as he can be, Bill Murray made a hilarious appearance in the latest season of the hit comedy series. Murray portrayed the often unseen Mayor Walter Gunderson, who dies in the episode “Two Funerals”.
The Internet was on fire in October 2021 when Murray let slip in an interview that he would appear in the first MCU Phase 5 film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (via Esquire). Exactly who will play the beloved comedian in the film is yet to be determined, but fans are eager to see his contribution to the long-running franchise.
Academy Award-winning actor JK Simmons guest-starred in the Season 5 episode “Patridge.” Simmons portrays Mayor Stice, leader of the eponymous town where Ben Wyatt was once mayor at the age of 18. He and the town try to lure Ben with the promise of the key to the town, hiding their intent to get revenge on him. to lead the bankrupt city as mayor.
For many Marvel fans, JK Simmons is the definitive J. Jonah Jameson, so fans were very excited when the Oscar-winning actor reprized his role from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie in the mid-credits scene of Spider. – Man: away from home. Simmons will reappear in Spider-Man: No Way Home and is expected to continue reprising his role in various MCU films in the future.
Patton Oswalt makes a memorable appearance in a Season 5 episode as Garth Blundin. In the episode’s iconic opener, Garth dives into a filibuster filled with pop culture references, including a pitch for the upcoming seventh Star Wars film (which bears an eerie resemblance to the plot of the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett).
It was recently revealed that Oswalt voiced Pip the Troll in Eternals, joining the eponymous group of mythology-based superheroes in the film’s mid-credits scene. But fans of ABC’s Agents of SHIELD also know that Oswalt could have been in the MCU much earlier if he was considered canon, as he portrays various members of the Koenig family, all of whom are completely identical.
Peter Serafinowicz appears in the Season 6 premiere of Parks, where the band travels to London. Serafinowicz’s character, Lord Edgar Covington, hires Andy to work with him, prompting Chris Pratt’s character to take a short leave from the show while the actor worked on Guardians of the Galaxy.
Serafinowicz would appear alongside Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy, portraying Xandarian officer Garthan Saal. Unfortunately, Saal is killed during Ronan the Accuser’s attack on Xandar, making his role in the MCU no more than a one-off appearance.
Paul Rudd had a recurring role throughout Season 4 as Bobby Newport, the spoiled heir to the Sweetums’ fortune and Leslie’s opponent in the city council race. Dark and spoiled, Bobby Leslie gives the fight of his life in the election and ultimately loses by a narrow margin. Rudd would later make a final appearance in the show’s final season.
Just months after his last appearance as Bobby Newport, Paul Rudd starred in Ant-Man, playing Scott Lang (the eponymous hero). Rudd has since become a top star and is set to be the first Avenger to battle Kang the Conqueror in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Tatiana Maslany, known for her work on Orphan Black and Perry Mason, starred as Nadia Stasky in two episodes of Parks and Recreation in Season 6. Nadia is a brief love interest for Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford, but eventually leaves for the help of MSF . task.
Maslany is the latest actor to take on the role of an iconic Marvel hero, playing Jennifer Walters in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Maslany shines as the eponymous legal comedy star, convincingly portraying one of Marvel’s many larger-than-life characters. With praise pouring in for the actress following the premiere of She-Hulk, fans can expect her to recur frequently throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ever-expanding future.