On August 19, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Adrianne Palicki will be joining the cast of “Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as fan favorite huntress Mockingbird. Palicki who starred as Tyra Collette on “Friday Night Lights” from 2006-2011, will be making her debut in the fifth episode of the new season as Agent Bobbi Morse. Her role as she meets Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) team is still unknown but the character’s Marvel Comics origins may be a tip of the hat to the character's recurring role in the show.
Following the events of the movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the television series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” underwent a radical makeover. No longer was the premiere spy agency protecting the world because now they are seen as the bad guys. The terrorist organization known as Hydra had infiltrated SHIELD at every level. Corruption ran rampant.
Coulson’s team’s new mission is to root out the Hydra agents that contributed to the SHIELD downfall while reestablishing SHIELD’s good name. Finding moles within SHIELD is something Mockingbird knows all about based on her comic book origins which began in the early 1970s where she debuted as an agent of SHIELD specializing in biology working in the Savage Land.
The Marvel Comics character Mockingbird is often defined by her relationship with the Avenger Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner in “Marvel’s The Avengers”). The two became founding members of the West Coast Avengers in 1985 and would have an on again/off again relationship for many years.
After a long hiatus Mockingbird returned to active duty in the pages of “New Avengers” and later “Secret Avengers.” She resumed her role not only as a superhero but also as one of Marvel’s super spies. It is this role where she will fit in best with the cast of the television series.