While we’ve all happily known that Adrianne Palicki will be playing Mockingbird in the second season of Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ we haven’t known why they decided to add her, until now. Honestly, before I get ahead of myself I didn’t really care why they were adding her I just happy that they were. Now that the details are being fleshed out, though, I am actually more excited, if that was even possible. Mockingbird has long been a fan favorite and I for one am on that list of fans.
Showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen recently had a chance to sit down with Comic Book Resources and not only let us know what we would see from the show but also talk a little about the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe as well.
First, the showrunners explained why Mockingbird was specifically tapped as a character in the show:
Tancharoen: 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. And I think with the handful of characters that we have added to the show, it’s just to illustrate what the new S.H.I.E.L.D. may look like. 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, we’re using every resource we can.
Okay, that is a solid reason. Coulson can’t have all of S.H.I.E.L.D. right now with Hydra having taken things down around his ears. He needs what he can have and fortunately one of the things he seems to be able to have is this amazingly awesome spy. Now, what does this mean for her future in the cinematic universe?
Whedon: Well, obviously, we all exist in one universe, and if we didn’t, we could have any character we wanted. We could kill them and do what we wanted with them. It is nice that we’re all in one universe, so when we get something, it does have weight. It does exist in the Cinematic Universe and 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 as a major character.
Tancharoen: Right. And in the Marvel Universe everything is fluid. The show was basically born out of what has been already established in the Cinematic Universe, so 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.
So basically there is a chance we’ll see her in the movies. It isn’t at all set in stone but it is there. It’d be fun to see her interact with Clint if the comics are any indication. Here’s hoping we’ll eventually see her on the big screen! I think that she’d make a great guest for ‘Captain America 3‘, a Black Widow spy film, and if they ever do push for a Hawkeye movie I have a feeling she would be near the top of the list on making an appearance.
What do you think about Mockingbird showing up on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’? Do you think she’ll be a good fit here? Which of the upcoming announced Marvel films do you think she should be in?