Adrianne Palicki Cast As Mockingbird in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Published 8 months ago by , Updated August 27th, 2014 at 8:09 am,

Adrianne Palicki Mockingbird Adrianne Palicki Cast As Mockingbird in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

At San Diego Comic-Con last month, ABC and Marvel brought Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to reflect on the series’ first season to tease what’s coming next. The show’s producers had promised in the back half of season 1 that they were taking efforts to make the program “feel more Marvel” by adding more characters from the comics into the show, and with season 2 they plan to to take that to the next level. One of these characters confirmed for an appearance for instance, is Mockingbird, who will be played by Adrianne Palicki.

Palicki is no stranger to comics as a self-admitted reader and as someone who had the chance to play Wonder Woman on screen, albeit very briefly. Before Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and before the CW Network tried to bring Wonder Woman to the small screen in the canned Amazon project, Adrianne Palicki was cast to play the iconic character in NBC’s Wonder Woman pilot. It didn’t get picked up and the episode never aired. The same sad story held true previously when she played a supporting role in the Aquaman pilot that never went anywhere.

The Friday Night Lights star instead went on to play a variety of film and TV roles since, including the G.I. Joe movie sequel, and is getting another chance to play a comic book hero on the small screen this fall in season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It must be her destiny. THR has the scoop which confirms that Mockingbird (real name: Barbara “Bobbi” Morse) will appear as a guest character in episode 5 with the obvious potential and likelihood of popping up here and there afterwards.

From the video above played at Comic-Con confirming Morse’s imminent introduction into the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can safely say that even if Mockingbird is not quite an ally of Director Coulson and his team in her intro – as THR hints – she is ultimately a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a hero in Marvel Comics. Her history in Marvel Comics dates back to the early ’70s and she’s been involved in stories ranging from Man-Thing and research on replicating the super-soldier serum used on Captain America to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the New Avengers.

Palicki, a high profile and proven action star, represents another character from the comics whose introduction could eventually spin into something far greater if fans love the character onscreen. Just like the characters coming to Netflix in the coming years (starting with Daredevil next summer), Mockingbird could feasibly find herself in the movies down the road as well.

Most recently in the comics, Mockingbird is part of the latest Secret Avengers team led by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) which just so happens to include Coulson as well. She also marries Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in the books so the character is a strong fit for future Avengers sequels. Like Hawkeye, Mockingbird is an elite agent who does not have super powers.

Hawkeye and Mockingbird Marvel Comics Cover Vol 1 Issue 6 666x1024 Adrianne Palicki Cast As Mockingbird in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Other actors joining the season 2 cast of Agents of SHIELD include Lucy Lawless (Xena) as a SHIELD officer Isabelle Hartley, Kyle MacLachlan as Skye’s dad, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Hydra agent Daniel Whitehall, Nick Blood (The Bletchley Circle) as Lance Hunter, Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) in an unspecified major role as the character Bakshi, Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue) as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie.


More: 13 Questions For The Future of Agents of SHIELD


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 premieres on Wednesday, September 23, 2014 on ABC.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28 2017, November 3 2017, May 4 2018, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.

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  1. so many good looking women in this show

  2. Also Eden Sher as Squirrel Girl.

    • Haha, that would be fun.

    • She would be perfect in the Jessica Jones Netflix series

      • that is literally the best idea ever! I hope that is what her meeting with Marvel was about.

  3. Oh wow! Would you look at that?
    Someone who almost became Wonder Woman, and who’d actually made a perfect cast to play Black Canary, has become a MockingBird instead… :D

    Not really that big a fan of her, but this is one really fine casting indeed! Now someone persuade Renner to do cameo, so we can have the Hawk and the Mockingbird discuss family matters.

    • She would be better as a blonde (as a blond guy myself, I can attest we do have more fun!!), but I can live with Palicki as the Mock. I always liked that character, and in the early comics when she first appeared, she did indeed have a thing with Hawkeye. So did Black Widow for that matter. And one more little bit of trivia that some of you may know and some may not: did you know Hawkeye was originally an iron Man villain?

      • She was blond in Supernatural and Smallville. I actually think it’s her natural hair colour.

      • YOURE A DUDE?!

  4. Nice… Just, awesome.

  5. YES!!! Adrianne Palicki is SMOKING hot!!!

    • She is and she isn’t…

      Body wise, yes. Her face is just so huge. Massive really.

      Her acting leave much to be desired, but I would love for her to prove me wrong and do well in this role. I could see her being used in the MCU at some point if she is well received.

    • Betcha Renner is polishing his lips up right now…just in case!

  6. She also played the fake-Kara in the season 3 finale of Smallville, I think.

  7. I like Adrianne Palicki, but she should play someone with super powers. Mockingbird seems too plain a character. Palicki could be Capt Marvel, Tigra, Spider woman, even She hulk

    • Depending on how they go with the character, she could become a superhuman somewhere down the line. In the comics she gets grievously injured, and rather than allow her to die they give her an injection of Steve Rogers’ blood which heals her and gives her some of his abilities. We may see the same thing at some point if they like the character.

  8. Just found 2 new reasons to watch this show….Finally.

    • I see what you did there

  9. dammit !! I was close – I almost put her on my list recently – but I consciously didn’t’ because she was in NBC’s About a Boy and also her role as Lady Jane – figured Marvel would wait a while before considering her for a Marvel character

    —-prediction from a few weeks ago
    here’s what I though and still think many of the actresses below will get a consideration or cast in a Marvel role
    PREDICTION: actresses who may start popping up as rumors (or will be cast) to play Mockingbird:

    Margot Robbie
    Eliza Dushku
    Laura Vandervoort
    Summer Glau
    Rachel Taylor
    Ivana Milicevic
    Olivia Wilde
    Melissa Sagemiller
    Abigail Spencer
    Tracy Spiridakos
    Dreama Walker
    Maggie Grace
    Sophia Bush
    Sarah Jones – Alcatraz tv show
    Chyler Leigh – Grey’s Anatomy

    some of these I’ld say are better choices – but all could likely do great as Mockingbird – who in addition to all her kick-ass fighting skills is also a bio-chemist

    who knows may be I’ll be 100% WRONG :)

    • Dude, it’s Lady Jaye, not Jane.

      • oh yeah – typo

        either way she’s hot and a good actress for the role.

    • So you’re just some random guy (as in you’re no way related to the production of the show) who decided to compose his own list of 15 possible actresses to play a supporting role in a tv show that had mild first season. Along with that, you are excited/agitated that you were soooo close to guessing the correct actress to land the role that you felt the need to share with everyone that list.

      To that I say……..Go Outside, its not as bad as you think it is.

      • so … you’re just some random guy (as in no way related to the production of this site) who decided to respond to a random guy who posted on this site about possible actresses for a role in a tv show (that had a great 1st season which in most viewers opinions improved by the end of the season). And along with that you felt so perplexed by my previous post that you felt the need to share your opinion with everyone that being outside is not that bad ??

        alright … to that I say … uh … isn’t this entire site about people being excited/ agitated/ sharing their opinions/ ideas, etc ?
        have I misunderstood the way all these type of sites and message boards are supposed to work ?

        incidentally how do you know it’s not that bad outside where I am ? maybe it’s raining
        fyi – actually you’re right – it’s pretty nice outside today :)

    • I don’t know half of the actresses on your list, but you’d be dreaming if Summer Glau would leave Arrow to join Agents of SHIELD. It would be a bit of a conflict of interest to do both shows, I think. Marvel would probably force her or any actor starring (or costarring) in any DC project. It’s different if you’re only conctracted to do one movie or one episode of one show, but the way both companies operate now, is they have you sign a contract for multiple shows, pictures, and probably multiple seasons, in terms of television. It would also make sense to have a clause in the contract that states that you can’t have another comic book character role with another company while still under contract with Marvel.

      • Well considering the fact her character on Arrow is dead, there is no conflict of interest, while Arrow was lucky enough to avoid the Summer Glau Curse, I don’t think Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be as lucky.

    • Well Wilde, Glau and Vanderboort are definitely high-paid actresses now, I don’t think they’d want to be part of S.H.I.E.L.D. but I damn it it’d be great to see Vanderboort in another superhero show!

      I’m loving Palicki in the role, good cast!

      • The thing here is, this guy made a list of actresses that have connections to Joss Whedon, and/or were formerly cast in TV sci-fi oriented roles, augmented by a few big name actresses. I could make a list and by 2029, atleast 10% of it would probably be right to have them show up in a Marvel role in some capacity.

        In reality, it’s just a list of a buncha chicks this guy swoons over that he hopes to one day see play out his fantasies.

    • Whenever this dude gets close to guessing something right or gets it right he brags like crazy. When he gets it wrong he brags that he was almost right and that he “was going to throw her name in the hat.” Instead of saying, “Damn, this was my list. I wasn’t right but I still hope one of these girls will make the cut”

      @ Guest, I would like to you to tell us the Screen Rant article you actually posted this on. Just for verification.

      So now I’m going to compose a giant list of names and then when NONE OF THEM GET PICKED I am going to scream, “Oh man, I was so close! I was going to put that name on the list!”

      MCU will consider one of the following names for She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Crystal, Spider-Woman, Tigra, Lylla,or Hellcat in the next few years…

      Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers)
      Emily Meade (The Leftovers)
      Yvonne Strahovski
      Britt Robertson (Under the Dome)
      Allison Pill (Newsroom)
      Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story)
      Emma Roberts (American Horror Story)
      Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
      Allison Brie (Community)
      Gillian Jacobs (Community)
      Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Rec)

  10. Good casting I think. she’s not the greatest actress in the world but she is certainly capable, and she moves welll physically which you need for the role, she is definitly attractive enough. I will be really interested to see if she pops up in the MCU or if Jeremy Renner has a cameo on AOS. they got Sam Jackson why not Jeremy Renner :) This season seems to be shaping up to a must watch at least for me it is.

  11. Seems like they are doing a soft-reboot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., guess the concept of not having comic book characters on the show fell out of favor during the course of Season 1. My question is are these new characters going to be short-term, guest stars like Paxson and Burrows or will they be recurring? And will these new characters start to push the original cast to the background if they become more popular.

    • Reboot? Aren’t they just adding characters?

    • Yeah I guess that too many people are so used to being lied to (JJ Abrams saying Cumberbatch was not playing Khan, Marion Cotillard saying she wasn’t playing Talia Al Ghul, etc.) That when Marvel said Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. was not going to do a superhero of the week thing, that viewers didn’t believe it.

      • you do realize that actors, directors or anyone affiliated with the creation of films/ tv shows don’t have to say the truth right?
        not like they’re under some contract with the audience

        they just trying to allow for the element of surprise for the audience to enjoy the project on screen and not be so ultra informed before even seeing it (the way it should be) – kind of frustrating sometimes with all the leaks and everything that the internet allows which prior to 1996 – typically you just watched stuff and waited to learn as you watched it

        can you blame the movie/ tv makers for wanting to try to keep stuff under wraps until you’re watching it on screen?

      • I always took the “superhero of the week” thing as meaning they wouldn’t have a new hero or villain appear from week to week, making it little more than a weekly gimmick. I never really thought they meant they wouldn’t have any superheroes on the show ever, just that they wouldn’t make them the focus of the show, which would still be the case if Mockingbird shows up for an episode or two; after all, Sif didn’t change the nature of the show. Besides, she wouldn’t be much more of a superhero than May or Ward; hopefully a little bit closer to Black Widow level, though. Personally, assuming they do a good job with her, I would be glad to see them add her to the cast, in place of Ward (or even May, frankly); all through the first season I was thinking they should have had her as a member to give things a little more character.

  12. It’s all a gimmick, but that is why I said soft reboot. Aside from the plot line concerning Skye’s parents the show seems like it is doing a complete 180. And like I said unless these new additions are temporary then some of the original cast will likely have their screen and story time cut, which means the characters that already have been on the show with little back story or build-up will remain as one-dimensional as they have been. That might signal a move to write some characters off that are not generating much interest.

    • I would guess it’s most likely going to be a recurring role where she pops up every now and then, but not becoming part of the main cast.

    • “THR has the scoop which confirms that Mockingbird (real name: Barbara “Bobbi” Morse) will appear as a guest character in episode 5 with the obvious potential and likelihood of popping up here and there afterwards.”

      The article pretty well said it all. Sounds to me like you’re jumping the gun a bit, Slayer. Besides, the last season had Sif, Graviton, Lorelei and Deathlok, among others, so I don’t really see what the big difference is with Mockingbird.

      • My comment was also aimed at the other characters they have announced in an attempt I would guess to generate more interest in the show. Judging by the past use of new characters in the show it is not a big stretch to think these characters will just be guest-stars or recurring characters. The fact that they did not do as much advertising of guest characters in Season 1 is what makes this round of announcements seem like they are trying to bolster the roster or at very least make it seem like there will be some new blood on the show.

        • Maybe you’re right, but I just see these as standard Comic-Con/ pre-season announcements to get people geared up. I haven’t been reading that much about the new season though, so maybe you know something I don’t.

          When they said that it wasn’t going to have superheroes or a “superhero of the week” or whatever, I assumed they meant that the agents would be the main focus and they wouldn’t just crank out a new guest character every week or two. I never watched Smallville, but it always sounded like they pretty much relied on wheeling out a DC character guest for each episode, which still sounds kinda cool (even for a Marvel fan like myself), but it seemed like something that could easily fall into the writers just checking off a list of characters, relying on fans to be happy just to see this or that character instead of relying on good stories and characterization. I figured that they were saying they were not going to be doing that with Agents of SHIELD, so last season was pretty much what I expected of the show, Marvel character-wise anyway. Mockingbird or some minor character showing up here and there doesn’t seem like that big of a deviation from what they said they were going to do all along.

          Even if they did change course at some point, I think it worked. I thought the show needed a bit more Marvel, and that the first season got better as it went along. And, I would personally love to see Mockingbird as a regular character, letting May just fly the plane; she’d have to be more interesting.

          • I have not followed the production end of the show that closely, just read the articles here for the most part so I am just stating my opinion. It just appears to me that the strategy they had in the first season of showcasing characters and in some cases actors that were not known did not work as well as they wanted. The addition of guest or recurring actors who have a little bit more name recognition playing established comic characters just feels like the studio wants to bring back some viewers and possibly draw in some new ones.

            On the finance side of it there is also the issue of not wanting to keep actors on the payroll that may make more than some of the main cast that they started with.

  13. god the things i would do for this woman. so beautiful

  14. I won’t be surprised if they decided to make a spin-off titled “How I Met Agents of SHIELD”, telling story about Hawkeye’s relationship with Black Widow, Mockingbird, and Spider-woman. With Maria Hill popped every once in a while…

  15. Nice casting. She’s got the chops for it too.

  16. Bit off topic, but I just got The Amazing Spider-Man 2 blu-ray and Shailene Woodley’s scenes are not in the deleted scenes.

  17. So which episode of the show was it that turned it around from being pretty crappy into being watchable? I only watched like the first three episodes and couldn’t make myself go trough any more.

    • In my opinion episode 10 in other peoples opinions episode 17

    • When Paxton and the Hydra plot came into it. Was over a couple of episodes in the 2/3 of the season and it did finish the season better than it started. I was watching it week-to-week too and, like yourself, my interest didn’t get past three episodes. It was only last month I made myself watch the whole season as I did want to learn about the way the writers have Coulson back from the ‘dead’ and definitely saw a great improvement in the show when the tie-in plot with Captain America 2 came about.

      I’ll give it my interest next season but they really need to maintain the standard they finished season one with or join the long list of cancelled Joss Whedon TV shows.

      • That was pretty much my experience too. Though, I don’t think there was a particular episode that stood out, for me, it just seemed to grow on me with each episode. It still isn’t one of my favorite shows, but by the end I was pretty eager to see the next season.

  18. If you are between the ages of 7 and 17 and keeps creating these
    Lists you a get a free pass for these juvenile posts. But if you are
    Adult you should be ashamed of yourself for acting like someone
    Who is going to get a cookie in his mouth for his predictions.

  19. Good casting, I wonder if Mockingbird will appear in the Ant-Man movie?

  20. She’s tall….. 5’11″….. That’s tall for a woman.

    Jeremy Renner is 5’8″?….. It would be interesting to see them as a couple on screen. Hollywood usually doesn’t go for that. It would be a big milestone to see them together and just let Adrianne Palicki be taller than Renner…… No apple boxes. Just a happy couple with a woman taller than the man.

    Why not?

    • sunny n cher, addams family, james marsden n famke jansen……er…….austin powers in evrything?

    • Wow. I didn’t realize she was that tall.

  21. I was hoping that Mockingbird would make her MCU debut during a battle in Age of Ultron.

    After the battle, Hawkeye could introduce her to the team as his wife. It would explain his absence from Phase 2.

  22. I just hope they do better with Mockingbird than they did with Deathlok – that guy looked terrible and everything they did with him looked poor and was stupid as well

  23. I still think that she’d have made a really good TV Wonder Woman; the script and production budget was just damn poor on that Kelley project, but Palicki could’ve ruled as Diana. *shrugs* oh well. Gadot it is.

  24. May vs. The Mock, round 1!

  25. That is some effing AWESOME casting right there. She is bad ass!

  26. From this I’d love to see a secret avengers film half way through phase 3 with her, Fury, Black Widow, Iron Patriot and hawkeye leading. I know it’s not comic accurate but oh well.
    It could feature kang the conqueror coming to earth using the time infinity stone (the stones need more use than just killing people tbh) declaring that the a team of super powered people destroy his future, and that he has returned to hunt them down. With this fury, coulson and hill hold a meeting at the newly reformed sheild to find a solution.the answer, form a team of powerless heroes to go into stealth warfare with kang,
    By the end sheild would have the time stone and kang defeated, leaving a warning to a future battle that shapes the future of earth….
    Personally that would be the bomb. But that’s just me right?

  27. I really want Hawkeye to appear on the show. Out of all the avengers, Jeremy would be the cheapest one to get on the show