In anticipation of the upcoming season two of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen gave us some hints of what's to come with new addition Mockingbird, in an interview with CBR.
The kick-ass female agent will be played by Adrianne Palicki, and they are making no secret of how excited they are to have her in the mix.
Well, we're very excited to have the beloved character, Mockingbird, on the show. Adrianne Palicki was a perfect fit for the role. She was someone we pictured from the beginning. It's thrilling to have a nice, sort of skilled, sexy spy in the mix.
Could this be the Black Widow of the small screen? Given her huge popularity in the movies, it makes sense to bring in another sexy spy type, although some might argue that with both Skye and Melinda May, that role is already well-represented. I feel, however, that Bobbi Morse will be an entirely new take on the trope, without the jaded attitude of May or the naivete of Skye.
From the sounds of it, Bobbi will be taken on as Coulson searches for agents who have not been compromised, those that he can trust. Her history as a double-agent of sorts attempting to root out corruption within SHIELD will no doubt come into play, although it remains to be seen how this will be incorporated. If she has already left SHIELD, however, it makes a lot of sense for Coulson to recruit her. She already has the training and awareness of the agency, but doesn't trust it. She would have the motivation to try and help re-build.
Although she is a new addition to the team, the two writers are quick to point out that this doesn't reflect the team becoming bigger in any real sense, but actually becoming more tight knit.
Tancharoen: Coulson is operating with limited resources, so he has to bring people into the fold. So it may feel like we're expanding a lot, but really, the people that you will see are basically the people we have at our disposal.
Whedon: We used to be a ragtag group in a huge machine that was churning. Then, they were agents who had support. Now, that we have less, we sort of see all of them. So while our cast is getting bigger, it's actually because S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting smaller,
One of the most exciting things about the addition of Mockingbird is her direct connection to the cinematic universe. Thus far, the connection between the show and the movie has been limited in terms of guest appearances; while the "other" side of the universe is referenced and alluded to throughout, we have thus far only had brief appearances by Lady Sif and Nick Fury (and of course, Coulson himself, but seeing as he is technically "dead" in the cinematic universe, I'm not sure it counts as a crossover!). Palicki is experienced in the world of movies as well as TV, and I'm hoping that this may mean that we could see at least one of the TV characters make the leap to the big screen from time to time.
Whedon: Well, obviously, we all exist in one universe...we're in constant communication with features, and there's a database of what they're using, what they plan to use, what we can and can't use. We just try to carve out our little spot, and Mockingbird's a good example of someone who we can really lean on
Tancharoen: as much as we have benefitted from having characters that you've seen in the film[s] appear on our show, there is always a possibility for the reverse. So we do think that all our characters have potential to crossover at some point and there's always that possibility, and Mockingbird is a nice, exciting new character for us to have that does have crossover potential.as a major character.
Which begs the question; is this a set up for a Hawkeye crossover? Obviously, the relationship between Mockingbird and Hawkeye is absolutely huge, and I cannot believe that they would have the two characters appear without some kind of link. I would love to see one of the Avengers make a cameo in the show (Nick Fury and Maria Hill were awesome, but not Avengers), and I think that Hawkeye would be a great choice.
Could we see the start of their relationship? Or, could the writers come at it from the other direction, and show some tension from a relationship that has already disintegrated? Either way, how incredible would it be to see such a big name appear on the show, and a show character be the first to cross over into the movie-verse?
Agents of SHIELD returns September 23rd.