Barbara Morse (Mockingbird)

Bobbi MorseWhen the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was announced, the multiple Agent Koenig teased the presence of Bobbi Morse in the new year’s cast: finally, we have our first look at Bobbi, who’ll be portrayed by Adrianne Palicki and will make her debut in episode A Hen in the Wolf House. Apparently, Bobbi will be introduced as an agent of Hydra, working as chief of security. If everything goes as planned, she won’t stay Hydra for long, and she’ll join the light side in no time. In the comics, she’s never been part of Hydra, working for S.H.I.E.L.D. from the very beginning. Anyway, waiting to see what this first live action appearance of Bobbi will be, let’s see together who she is in the comics.

Barbara Morse was born in San DiegoCalifornia, daughter of Susan (nothing is known about her father). She grew up with her brother, Ben, and eventually she moved to Georgia to get her Phd in biochemistry at the Institute of Technology. Thanks to her high grades, Professor Wilma Calvin allowed her to participate to Project: Gladiator, a government-funded research meant to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that gave Captain America his powers. Bobbi proved to be an excellent scientist, so much that she attracted the attentions of S.H.I.E.L.D., who offered her to join: she agreed, and she trained herself hard during her free time, excelling in both the physical training and in the espionage one. When Ted Sallis, another scientist involved in Project: Gladiator, disappeared, Bobbi received her first assignment: she had to stick close to Paul Allen, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent believed to be a traitor responsible for Sallis’ disappearance, and to investigate on him. Bobbi became Allen’s girlfriend, and she spied on him, reporting to S.H.I.E.L.D.; the two of them mockingbirdcomics1traveled to the Savage Land, a hidden tropical paradise in Antarctica, to enlist the heroic Ka-Zar and ask him to find Sallis. Ka-Zar agreed to help, and followed them to the Everglades, where the trio was unable to find the scientist. Bobbi and Ka-Zar, however, discovered a subversive organisation, A.I.M., trying to take possession of Project: Gladiator, and they even proved Paul Allen was a traitor. During the battle, a monstrous being appeared and killed Allen (unbeknownst to them, the monster was Ted Sallis himself). With her first mission accomplished, Bobbi was ordered by Nick Fury to escort Ka-Zar during his stay in the civilized world, and the two developed a romantic relation. They broke up when it became clear Ka-Zar would have never left his Savage Land, and while the Jungle Lord came back to his Antarctic paradise, Bobbi returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. to accept the first mission she was offered. Now preferring on-field action over biology, she was assigned with the capture of El Tigre, a dangerous South American subversive, a mission she easily accomplished. Known by the locals as The Huntress, Bobbi stayed in South America for a while, solving the problems S.H.I.E.L.D. had with local powers.

When the S.H.I.E.L.D. division leader Rico Santana, operating in Mexico City, became corrupted and killed a lawyer who was supposed to testify against him, Bobbi exposed him and had him arrested by his superiors. Realizing many other S.H.I.E.L.D. high officers weren’t exactly honest, she started investigating on many other divisional operations, choosing for herself a new codename, Mockingbird, a name taken by an old CIA operation Nick Fury had taken mockingbirdcomics2part to (the name quite fitted her, since she liked to mock her enemies during combat). Bobbi wanted to take the evidence she had collected directly to Fury, but once in Manhattan, she was attacked by local division’s leader Carl Delandan, who had convinced Spider-Man she was a traitorous spy who had to be stopped. During the battle with the manipulated superhero, Mockingbird had the microfilm she was carrying destroyed, but Delandan’s corruption was revealed to Fury directly. In retaliation, Bobbi was shot by Dealandan’s men, and ended up to the hospital. While she was hospitalized, Fury followed her trails, and apprehended many subversives and corrupted agents within S.H.I.E.L.D. ranks; when Bobbi was released from the hospital, Fury himself decorated her, praising her for her marvelous service. Sick and tired of government’s organisations, however, Bobbi resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D., and became a solo adventurer. While investigating on Cross Technological Enterprise, a crooked company who had built a machine to brainwash superhuman beings and make them faithful slaves, Mockingbird met for the first time the archer Hawkeye: antagonistic at first, the two heroes teamed up to take down Crossfire and his men, and developed a romantic feeling for each other. Eventually, Bobbi proposed to him, and the two got married. When Hawkeye became the leader of the West Coast Avengers, Mockingbird followed her husband, finally becoming part of the team of World’s Greatest Heroes.

Barbara “Bobbi” Morse is an extremely brilliant woman, able to learn anything in no time, with a natural ability to adapt to any situation. She’s a skilled gymnast and athlete, and a front-rank-spy, often used in dangerous undercover operations. As Mockingbird, she operated without superpowers for most of her heroic career, even if her combat skills rivaled Captain America’s; she possesses a couple of battle staves that can be joined to form a bo staff, weapons she has complete mastership over, and her special glasses allow her to see in a variety of spectra; recently, she’s been exposed to a mix of the Super Soldier Serum and the Infintiy Formula, and she gained superhuman strength, durability, speed and agility, and enhanced healing (possibly longevity), but the full extent of her new powers is yet to be explored. Adventurer, genius, spy, heroine, Mockingbird has been a lot of things in her life, and every time, she proved she’s able to play with the best in every field.


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  1. […] Sallis, asking him to be a part of Dr. Wilma Calvin‘s team along with Dr. Barbara Morse and Dr. Paul Allen: the team was assigned to Project: Gladiator, a top secret research aimed to […]

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