[This article contains SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, episode 5.]
Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki debuted on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night as Bobbi Morse, the head of HYDRA security (pictured above). However, many a fan familiar with the character’s history in the Marvel comic universe no doubt guessed the twist in the episode “A Hen in the Wolfhouse” (read our review) – that Bobbi was a double-agent, working for Director Coulson (Clark Gregg). The bigger surprise was probably that she’s also Agent Hunter’s (Nick Blood) ‘Ex from Hell’, whom he had gone on about in a previous episode.
Comic book readers also know that Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, is traditionally portrayed as having blonde hair – something that was briefly referenced in the scene where Bobbi reunites her a few of her fellow old S.H.I.E.L.D. coworkers – and hence, some were disappointed when they first saw Palicki as a darker-haired Bobbi. Fear not, though, as Marvel has released the first images of Bobbi in her true Mockingbird costume on the TV show, the character’s natural blonde hair color restored.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-showrunner Jed Whedon has described Bobbi as a “well-seasoned spy” and teased that she will getting up to more Mission: Impossible-style covert work in the future, as “[her’ ability to slip in and out of undercover situations seamlessly will prove invaluable to our team.” Series costume designer Ann Foley has also offered her thoughts on the look and design of Mockingbird’s outfit on the show; you can read her comments below, followed by the photos of Palicki in the character’s proper getup.
“I looked at all of her comic appearances and really wanted to try to bring elements of the look from the comics into the costume that we’re doing now for the show because I know it’s important to the fans. It’s important to me to keep certain elements, but we had to change it, obviously, for practicality, because it had to fit into our world. It had to have a kind of tactical feeling to it too so that it made sense in our universe.
“She’s got rivets that are in the straps across her chest, and those are there as a tribute to the buttons that go down the side of her [most recent] costume [in the comics], as well as the colors that we were using, [which] are a tribute as well. Her colors are navy blue and white with a little bit of black in there, [but] white would not have been pretty on camera so we changed it to grey. [We] still tried to maintain the original style of what was in the comic book because [with] that white panel that goes up her center and down her legs, [so] we’ve mirrored that in her costume but in gray instead of white.”
The design for Mockingbird’s tactical suit and look ought to go over better with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viewers and Marvel comic book fans alike, compared to some of the show’s previous attempts to bring relatively well-known comic book characters to life (see: Deathlok). That’s all the more important, seeing how Palicki as Agent Morse is going to be hanging around on the series for a while – adding yet another interesting dynamic to Coulson’s makeshift family unit.
Not to mention, the prospect that Mockingbird will make an appearance in Captain America 3 and/or other future Marvel Studios films based on Earth – what with the Marvel Cinematic “Civil War” on the verge of getting started – is a possibility too. But, one step at a time of course, since we don’t even know yet what the state of things will be by the time S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season is finished (and the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron get underway)…
Agent Morse will don her Mockingbird tactical outfit on next week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, “A Fractured House”, which airs @9 pm on ABC. You can watch a preview for the episode, below: