Marvel closed out things in style at the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Agent Carter Marvel TV panel today at San Diego Comic Con, rolling out a pre-recorded video starring Patton Oswalt as Agent Koenig (times two).
In the video, Koenig lightly banters about Phil Coulson's promotion to S.H.I.E.L.D. director and the changes that are afoot following all the upheaval that occurred during the season 1 and the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Though not very spoiler-heavy, one name was dropped that is sure to get the attention of Marvel fans: Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird.
Debuting in Astonishing Tales #6 in 1971, Mockingbird is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and former Avenger) who at one point rooted out corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D. members.
She was also given a blend of Captain America brand Super Soldier Serum and Infinity Formula in the comics to save her life, so if those back-story elements carry over to the TV show, we can see why Mockingbird would be such a worthwhile addition to this new version of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Coulson is building (and why he might have a bond with her).
Speaking of bonds, it's also worth noting that, in the comics, Mockingbird's ex-husband (and later ex-boyfriend) is Clint Barton, a.k.a Hawkeye. So while that doesn't automatically mean that this possible addition will spark a Jeremy Renner cameo, it's fun to ponder the back and forth that might come from these on-again, off-again lovers in the nighttime.
Obviously, at this point, we have no earthly idea who will play Mockingbird or even if she will play a big role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - according to CBR, the character had been a part of an in-development project for ABC Family - but for the above reasons, her natural combat skills and her edge, the mere mention of Bobbi Morse is exciting and it's another reminder that this show is taking their sophomore season seriously.
As for other additions to the show, we already know that Lucy Lawless is joining the cast, but now we know that she will play a longtime S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Isabelle Hartley who, according to show producer Maurissa Tancharoen, "may have a knife that's always by her side."
Additionally, the characters of Lance Hunter and Daniel Whitehall will debut in season 2. Hunter will be an ally for Coulson, and in the comics, the character has worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. as the director of S.T.R.I.K.E., a UK-based organization. Hunter will be played by Nick Blood, while Whitehall will be played by veteran Whedonverse actor Reed Diamond, who will play what is described as a Hydra baddie.
Besides Mockingbird and Hartley (and Maria Hill and Agent May, etc.), another strong female character, Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman), may already be on the show in the form of Skye. But for now, those are just fan theories and they gained no traction during the panel as Chloe Bennett denied having any knowledge about her character's mysterious past, and that's not at all surprising for a show that likes to keep its fans off-balance.
As for the direction of the show during season 2, nothing supremely helpful seemed to come from the panel as far as we can tell, but we still have Clark Gregg's recent comments about the show going "back to basics" while the team rebuilds. If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can do that while continuing to ride the momentum that they found after the aftershocks of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we're pretty confident that the results will be impressive.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on September 23rd, 2014 @9pm.