Season two of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be bringing in another character from the comics. Adrianne Palicki has been cast as superspy Bobbi Morse, better known as Mockingbird, and will be appearing in at least one episode of the upcoming season.
New ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Casting
Adrianne Palicki occupied a brief stint as a superhero in ABC’s Wonder Woman pilot, which never continued as a series, as well as appearing in the 2006 WB pilot for Aquaman. Now, she will finally get to take on a role as a comic book heroine in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Palecki is already a comic book fan, who collects and reads comics in her free time, and that knowledge will come in handy as she takes on the role of Mockingbird. She is best known for her roles as Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and as Tyra Collette in Friday Night Lights. Palicki also starred as Toni Walsh in the 2012 Red Dawn remake, and has appeared several times on Robot Chicken.
So far, it is only confirmed that Mockingbird will appear in episode five, but future guest appearances may also be a possibility. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she may not be appearing as an ally to Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team, so her guest appearance may prompt some tension in the ranks. Those familiar with the character will remember that she used her Mockingbird identity to expose the corrupt activities of certain subversive S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, a concept that is only too relevant to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s season one finale, so her appearance during S.H.I.E.L.D.’s darkest hour will certainly make sense.
The appearance of Mockingbird was first hinted at by Patton Oswalt, who plays Billy Koenig and Sam Koenig. At San Diego’s Comic-Con, he appeared in character in the welcoming video (see above), and announced that Agent Bobbi Morse, code-name Mockingbird, has told Director Coulson that “if he needs her, she’s in . . . Mockingbird’s in.” Palecki will be joining an already-impressive list of guest stars for next season: Kyle MacLachlan as Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) father; Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartly; Reed Diamond, who you might recognize from Dollhouse, as Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall; Nick Blood as mercenary Lance Hunter; Henry Simmons as agent Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie; and Simon Kassianides as Bakshi.
Fans of the Marvel comics will remember that Mockingbird and Hawkeye were married at one point in the comics, so rumors abound as to whether Jeremy Renner might make an appearance in his role as Hawkeye. The likelihood is slim, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has made it clear that its goal is to stand on its own within the Marvel universe, with its own primary cast of characters and only the occasional mention of everyone’s favorite superheroes. The guest appearances of Lady Sif and Nick Fury in season one, however, are proof that a Hawkeye appearance is not entirely beyond the realm of possibility.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns September 23 on ABC.