[This article contains MILD SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2.]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned to the airwaves last night, and the season two premiere episode ("Shadows" - read our review) made it crystal clear that Agent Coulson and his team must rely upon alliances - some that carry greater risks than others - to survive in this new, more dangerous, era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That looks to include working alongside people who could (should?) be considered the enemy, such as the treacherous Agent Ward ... and his new "evil" beard.
Ward isn't the only agent with ties to Hydra that Coulson and his "family" will have to deal with in the episodes ahead. The list of the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show newcomers this season includes Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki (more recently featured in G.I. Joe: Retaliation) in the role of Barbara "Bobbi" Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird.
The character, in traditional comic book form, is an elite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent similar to Black Widow and Hawkeye (there's even been a romance between Ms. Morse and Mr. Clint Barton's fowl-named alter egos in the past). However, on the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, the character will be - according to EW - the "head of Hydra security" (no pun intended?) - or, at the very least, Ms. Morse will start out with that job. Below, we have our first look at Palicki on the show, ahead of her introduction in the upcoming fifth episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two, "A Hen in the Wolf House".
It's certainly possible that Mockingbird will end up being a key "guest" player in the overarching narrative for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s sophomore season, along the lines of how J. August Richards' Mike Peterson (then, Deathlok) was a person of importance in the story proceedings for season one. Palicki, when recently interviewed by Crave Online, confirmed her MCU character will "definitely" be in more than one episode of the S.H.I.E.L.D. series; she also touched upon why choosing your role in the Shared Marvel film/TV universe is both exciting and, at the same time, a disconcerting process.
There’s fear in it too. I know if I play this character, I probably would never play another Marvel character. There’s different questions you have to ask, and you ask about that too. Where is this character going? All those silly fears that you get being locked into something, but I have to say working with this group of people has been amazing. These producers and show runners are fantastic and I trust them implicitly. Marvel’s been really fun to work with as well, so I’m looking forward to it and I hope it’s a long run for us.
It's feasible that Palicki as Mockingbird could also show up, however briefly, in a movie like Captain America 3, similar to how other non-lead characters associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. and/or Hydra (such as Maximiliano Hernández as Jasper Sitwell) appeared in both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and S.H.I.E.L.D. season one. As with all MCU residents, we shall just have to wait and see how Bobbi Morse fits into the grand scheme of things.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two continues next Tuesday with "Heavy is the Hand" at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.