Are you watching "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." this season? If not, and you're a Marvel fan, you're doing it wrong.
After a rocky first season, "S.H.I.E.L.D." has bounced back in a big way with a very focused season two, playing to the same strengths its shown since the "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" tie-in episode, "Turn, Turn, Turn." Coulson is in charge, his underlings all have very specific roles, and now, we even have a new superhero in the mix: Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse.
A character ripped straight from the pages of Marvel Comics, Mockingbird is a highly-trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who infiltrates HYDRA to help out undercover agent Jemma Simmons, all on Coulson's orders. In last night's episode, "A Hen in the Wolf House," Mockingbird blows her cover to rescue Simmons, and returns to the S.H.I.E.L.D. fold as a full-on member of the team, reuniting with her estranged ex-husband Lance Hunter.
Finally, Hunter has something (someone, rather) interesting to work with — but he might have some competition, seeing as Mockingbird and Hawkeye are a thing in the comics. Could that be how Jeremy Renner finally winds up on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," just to make Hunter look even worse? Because that would be fantastic.
More importantly, Mockingbird is fantastic, for so many reasons. She's a familiar face for fans of Marvel lore, she's played to badass perfection by "Friday Night Lights" veteran (and one-time Wonder Woman) Adrianne Palicki, and she's basically the television version of Black Widow.
Here's Widow in "Iron Man 2":
Here's Mockingbird on "Agents of SHIELD":
Badass Bobbi looks like she's here to stay, based not only on the way "Hen in the Wolf House" ends, but the fact that Marvel.com has premiered the character in all of her Mockingbird tactical gear glory:
Executive producer Jed Whedon tells Marvel.com that "Bobbi Morse is a well-seasoned spy whose ability to slip in and out of undercover situations seamlessly will prove invaluable to our team." If we had to guess, she will prove invaluable to the show's entertainment value for weeks and weeks to come, too. Because Mockingbird is awesome.
Did we mention yet that Mockingbird is awesome?
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