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.
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.
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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