Chris Pratt in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Parks and Recreation'
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Every ‘Parks and Recreation’ star who’s joined the Marvel universe

Chris Pratt is far from the only one.

There are many mysteries that keep Marvel fans up at night. Would Captain Marvel beat Thor in a fight? Could Robert Downey Jr. ever come back as Iron Man? What would’ve happened if that random rat hadn’t crawled into that van in Avengers: Endgame? Here’s one that should be asked more often, though: why have so many of the Parks and Recreation cast ended up in the Marvel universe?

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On the face of it, there’s not much to connect the superhero franchise with the beloved NBC sitcom, which centered around Amy Poehler’s hard-working parks department employee Leslie Knope and ran for seven acclaimed seasons from 2009-2015, and yet a surprising number of regular, recurring, and guest stars from the comedy have ended up appearing in various Marvel projects in the years since it ended.

With Tatiana Maslany starring in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Adam Scott joining the ensemble cast of Madame Web, here’s a definitive list of every P&R star who moved on to the Marvel multiverse, for all you Pawneeians out there.

Chris Pratt — Andy Dwyer/Star-Lord

Obviously, the most notable Parks & Rec alum to jump over to the Marvel world is Chris Pratt, who famously transformed himself from the schlubby Andy Dwyer into cosmic superhero Peter Quill.

Paul Rudd — Bobby Newport/Ant-Man

Paul Rudd memorably played Leslie’s rival, idiotic rich guy Bobby Newport, in Parks season four, prior to his casting as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in the MCU. He later returned in season seven.

Kathryn Hahn — Jennifer Barkley/Agatha Harkness

As always, Kathryn Hahn stole any scene she was in as supremely confident campaign manager Jennifer Barkley. After Parks ended, Hahn joined the MCU as Agatha Harkness in WandaVision.

Tatiana Maslany — Nadia/She-Hulk

The MCU’s newest heroine, Tatiana Maslany, previously had a two-episode guest arc on Parks and Rec. She turned up in season six as a brief love interest for Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford.

Aubrey Plaza — April Ludgate/Lenny Busker

Aubrey Plaza, best known as sarcastic intern April Ludgate, has yet to join the MCU, but she did portray Lenny Busker on FX’s underrated Legion, set in the X-Men universe.

Jenny Slate — Mona-Lisa Saperstein/Dora Skirth

One-time girlfriend of Chris Evans Jenny Slate brought Jean-Ralphio’s even more annoying sister Mona-Lisa Saperstein to life on Parks before featuring in Sony’s Venom as scientist Dora Skirth.

Natalie Morales — Lucy/Miss Calleros

Natalie Morales had a key role on Parks as Tom’s main love interest Lucy, but it’s little known that she has a part in the Marvel multiverse, too. She voiced Miss Calleros in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Peter Serafinowicz — Lord Covington/Garthan Saal

British comedian Peter Serafinowicz played dim-witted aristocrat Lord Covington in two episodes of Parks. Marvel fans, meanwhile, will recognize him as Garthan Saal in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jason Mantzoukas — Dennis Feinstein/The Wolf

Jason Mantzoukas portrayed one of douchiest characters in all Pawnee in Parks – men’s cologne mogul Dennis Feinstein. He later appeared opposite Aubrey Plaza in an episode of Legion as The Wolf.

Patton Oswalt — Garth Blundin/Pip the Troll

Patton Oswalt stands as one of the most memorable Parks guest stars for his turn as anti-social nerd Garth Blundin. He recently voiced Pip the Troll in Eternals and played the title role in Hulu’s M.O.D.O.K.

Jon Hamm — Ed/Iron Man

Joining Oswalt in M.O.D.O.K. was Jon Hamm, who voiced Tony Stark/Iron Man on the animated sitcom. Before that, Hamm appeared in two hilarious cameos as Ed in Parks‘ final two seasons.

Bradley Whitford — Councilman Pillner/Agent Flynn

The West Wing icon Bradley Whitford turned up in an episode of Parks and Rec as Councilman Pillner. He later played Agent Flynn in the Agent Carter short film, a role he reprised in What If…?.

Eugene Cordero — Minister Xorpaxx-7/Casey

Before he played lovable TVA employee Casey in Loki, Eugene Cordero made a brief cameo in the Parks and Rec series finale, as the minister overseeing Jerry’s funeral in a flashforward to the far future.

Adam Scott — Ben Wyatt/TBA

Ben Wyatt himself Adam Scott is the next Parks and Rec star to join the Marvel multiverse. He’s currently filming Sony’s Madame Web. Although not officially confirmed yet, he’s thought to be playing Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben.

Jason Schwartzman — Dennis Lerpiss/The Spot

Likewise, Jason Schwartzman is set to star in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse as the sequel’s main villain, The Spot. He previously turned up in a couple of Parks episodes as video store clerk Dennis Lerpiss.

J.K. Simmons — Mayor Stice/J. Jonah Jameson

Some Parks and Rec guest stars had already appeared in Marvel productions before they joined the show. Case in point, Spider-Man legend J.K. Simmons, who played Mayor Stice in season five.

Sam Elliot — Ron Dunn/General Ross

Sam Elliot shows up in three Parks episodes as Ron Swanson’s twisted mirror image, Ron Dunn, a hippie, vegetarian cowboy. Elliot had already played General “Thunderbolt” Ross in 2003’s Hulk.

Martin Starr — Kevin/Mr. Harrington

Martin Starr had a cameo in The Incredible Hulk before appearing in an episode of Parks season four. He later returned to the MCU for the Spider-Man trilogy as Peter’s teacher Mr. Harrington.

Parker Posey — Lindsay Carlisle Shay/Danica Talos

Parker Posey played Leslie’s ex-best friend/nemesis in Parks and Rec season two. Sorry to have to remind you this film exists, but she had previously portrayed Danica Talos in Marvel’s Blade: Trinity.

Parks and Recreation is available to stream on Peacock. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law releases new episodes Thursdays on Disney Plus.

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Christian Bone is a Staff Writer/Editor at We Got This Covered and has been cluttering up the internet with his thoughts on movies and TV for over a decade, ever since graduating with a Creative Writing degree from the University of Winchester. As Marvel Beat Leader, he can usually be found writing about the MCU and yet, if you asked him, he'd probably say his favorite superhero film is 'The Incredibles.'