When we first learned that Adrianne Palicki would be playing Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. we knew it could evolve into larger, long-term role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mockingbird is a significant and rather high profile Marvel Comics character who's served with various Avengers teams over the decades, most of the time alongside her on-and-off lover and one-time husband, Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye.
It's that relationship that we're going to focus on today since her introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn't entirely following the source material. We've learned that in the show she shares history with fellow newcomer to season 2, Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), an character re-envisioned for the series (in the comics Hunter leads a British version of S.H.I.E.L.D.). They were once married and despite an awkward separation, seem to be getting along rather well in the latest episode which throws into question whether or not a Hawkeye-Mockingbird relationship is something we'll ever see in the MCU.
ABC and Palicki have been vague from the get-go about the extent of Bobbi's role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. At first, it seemed as it was just going to be a few episodes, and after we saw Bobbi suit up as full-on Mockingbird, she could feasibly come and go from the series as needed. Lately, she's seemingly stepped up as a regular and it's becoming difficult to imagine the series without her as a top field agent.
Speaking with MTV about the fun she's having on set with her Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-stars, namely Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and ex-husband Hunter, Palicki touched on that other big relationship Mockingbird could potentially find herself in. So, could we ever see that happen on the big or little screen with Palicki and Jeremy Renner?
"It is a huge part of Mockingbird, of Bobbi Morse, so I'm hoping to see that relationship in the future. So whether it’s getting Jeremy Renner on the show, or otherwise, you can't really deny that's a huge part of her character."
While we don't know how many episodes Morse will be in for season 2, Palicki's made her desires to keep playing the character in the long-term rather clear. From the get-go, she was honest about the dilemma in signing on for the role, knowing that once you land a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that's your one character so you better make it count. She's since hinted at the possibility of the character showing up in movies one day. Given the recent revelations (and rumors) that Captain America: Civil War will include lots of Marvel characters and knowing that other Marvel TV heroes (Netflix's Defenders) will likely crossover into the films as well, it would be surprising if Palicki (a proven film star) didn't get the chance to bring Mockingbird to the big screen.
And if anything, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye deserves all the screen time he can get after minimal roles in Thor and The Avengers. We don't expect him to show up on the ABC program but we do know he has a bigger role in next summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron. If Renner's hints about Hawkeye being in Cap 3 prove true, that would give even more credence to the idea of the two non-superpowered elite S.H.I.E.L.D. agents hooking up. Speaking of which, what can we expect next from Morse in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
"Bobbi goes out and kicks ass! [Laughs]. You're going to see how she and Coulson hooked up – not hooked up, but started working together."
Should Palicki's Mockingbird become a member of The Avengers in the films?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 on May 3 2019.
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Images edited from Hawkeye & Mockingbird Vol 1 #3 & #6 cover art by Paul Renaud.