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In a cameo-of-the-week sitcom, it can be difficult for any guest to stand out — especially when most of those cameos are pre-existing superheroes with rabid fans.
So it comes as a surprise when the most popular character in Marvel’s He-Hulk is not Daredevil, The Abomination, or even Mr. Immortal. Instead, it’s a strong woman from Fort Lauderdale whose only power is a strange way of spelling her name.
Played by Patty Guggenheim, Madisynn King earns her place in the MCU with her first line of dialogue. When a humble mage asks her name, she replies, “Madisynn, with two N’s, one Y, but it’s not where you think it is.”
The rest is history, and by the end of the episode, Madisynn is best friends with the Sorcerer Supreme, whom she affectionately refers to as “Wongers.”
“It was funny when I first said that during rehearsal,” Guggenheim recalled when asked about the origin of the nickname. “He looks like he’s blushing. It was so cute.”
Speaking to Reversed as part of our Scene Stealers end-of-year series, Guggenheim shares the story of how she landed the role, how Madisynn went viral, and what’s next.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
How was the character first described to you?
[Director Kat Coiro] basically said: “This is a party girl. She’s just a tipsy party girl who has a lot of fun.” I think he knew I could get in quickly because I had worked with him on a project where I was playing a similar character. I knew very little about the world, what I would do, or who I would work with. But I was just happy that he was thinking of me.
How different or similar can you say the character is?
Actually, it depends on the day. I have been more Madisynn at different times of my life. I’d say I’ve grown up a bit… no, no, no. I would say it depends on the day. You know how you can turn the dial a few degrees of yourself in a different direction depending on your environment? I could probably go to Madisynn after a few cocktails pretty easily.
Were there a lot of secrets in the show and your character?
I know that’s for He-Hulk, but that’s about it. I knew a bit of the premise and knew I’d be working with a magician as part of a magic act gone wrong.
They used a really funny name for the character which ended up being Wong. It was like Jacoby or something, and I was like, “Who is Jacoby?” I was googling everything until I realized they just made it up. I can’t really put the pieces together.
You and Wong are so good together. Whose idea was it for you to call him Wongers?
It’s in the script. That would be Melissa Hunter or Jessica Gao, most likely. I think they did that in the writers room. I don’t know if it’s Jessica or Melissa, but they’re both brilliant, fun minds. Melissa wrote this script and did a great job putting a lot of stuff in there.
Even Madisynn was the only one who spelled her name. That’s a great certainty for a character and a useful thing for an actor to get a script. You’re like, “Oh, I know, I know this guy. I know what it’s like. I know this guy who puts seven I’s in ‘I think.'” So yeah, it’s all written down.
Wongers, I mean, it was funny when I first said it at the rehearsal. He looks like he’s blushing. It’s so cute. He was like, “Oh, my gosh, people are going to love this.”
Have you made anything that didn’t make the cut?
I wish I could see the whole tag sequence because we went on for about 30 minutes about brunch. He just doesn’t know what brunch is. So I ask him if he knows about brunch and what you do at brunch. They don’t need it in the show, but I would personally love to see it because sometimes when you improvise like that you kind of black out parts. I wish I knew what I said.
When did you find out your character went viral?
One of my friends sent me something from Facebook that her friend from high school posted that said “Madisynn 2024.” It looks like a presidential logo, but it’s for the new Marvel show — whatever, someone made this funny graphic.
And he’s like, “Someone from my high school in Minnesota sent me that just posted it on Facebook!”
Will Madisynn return to the MCU?
I think he can. I do not know. You know, it’s Marvel. But I definitely think he has the potential to come in. I love that he is best friends with a witch. The possibilities seem endless. And I really want to hear what the fans thought. It’s fun to listen to. But yes, I hope so. It was a total dream.
Do you have anything else coming up that you can tell me about?
I have a movie out Dec. 9. It’s called The Binge 2: It’s An Awesome Binge, and it’s a really fun holiday comedy, like really wild. There are so many comedians here. It’s going to be a real party. So that would be fun.
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