Agents of SHIELD showrunners on why they're bringing Mockingbird into the fold

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Sep 10, 2014, 7:04 PM EDT

While we know Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird is joining our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season two, we haven't heard how or why, or what the longtime plans are for the Marvel superheroine, including her MCU crossover potential ... until now.

The reveal during San Diego Comic-Con that Mockingbird, played by former Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki (G.I. JOE: Retaliation), would be a part of the show was one of the most exciting bits of news concerning the Marvel TV series. 

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen gave us an idea of what to expect of the comic-book character, including her big-screen crossover potential.

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.

When asked how exciting it was to get their hands on a Marvel character who could easily have gone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe instead of the TV one, here’s what Whedon and Tancharoen had to say:

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, are you guys excited to see Mockingbird on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Do you agree that there could be a strong crossover potential with the MCU regarding that particular character?

(via Comic Book Resources)