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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mockingbird and Crusher Creel Cast In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In case you've yet to hear about it, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D television show has cast two new characters for Season 2, and both are from the comics. The first confirmed announcement shouldn't be much of a surprised as her character was teased in joining the cast at San Diego Comic Con this year.

And it shouldn't be any surprise that Adrianne Palicki is cast to play Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird. Palicki is no stranger to comic book roles, as she was suppose to be the new Wonder Woman in that new television series that got the plug pulled early on it. She also recently starred as Lady Jay in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

With her training for Lady Jay, Adrianne Palicki should be right at home playing Mockingbird, an Avengers member and once lover of Hawkeye in the comics. Mockingbird has no superpowers, she is a badass hand-to-hand combatant and extremely deadly in several weapons, including her trademark batons.

It's unclear, however, if her character will actually be Mockingbird in the t.v. series or just her plain ole identity of Bobbie Morse. After all, Bobbi Morse was also an Agent 19 of S.H.I.E.L.D. before she donned the superhero costume in the comics. She may not even suit up at first or at all depending on where they start the character off for the show. Of course, I hope she does suit up comic book style in Season 2, and any red-blooded male would be lying if they didn't hope for the same. Besides, Mockingbird's modern costume isn't all that revealing anyway, and I bet they're gonna use that costume rather than the other one. That's if she does suit up after all.

Her first appearance as the superheroine Mockingbird is in the comic book Marvel Team Up #95, which came out during the late Bronze Age of comics in July of 1980. Her first appearance as Bobbi Morse, or Dr. Barbara Morse, was in Astonishing Tales #12 in June of 1972. However, the comic character's first ever appearance goes back a year prior in 1971, which she appeared as an unnamed brunette in the comic Astonishing Tales #6 and was a supporting character for Ka-Zar.

While Mockingbird's involvement in Season 2 of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. t.v. series was teased at SDCC, the next character recently cast was not. Enter Carl Crusher Creel, also more popularly known in the world of comics and to fans of Thor as the Absorbing Man. The lucky actor to play this old nemesis of Thor is Brian Patrick Wade (Teen Wolf). 

Brian Patrick Wade kinda even looks like the supervillain, who becomes the Absorbing Man whenever he drinks a special liquid that was concocted by none other than Loki. Like his name states, he is able to absorb the properties of anything he touches. Throughout his four decades in Marvel continuity, Crusher Creel has gone up against Thor, the Avengers, Spider-Man, and a host of other Marvel Comics superheroes. The Absorbing Man's first appearance is in Journey Into Mystery #114, and the comic was published in Silver Age in March, 1965. I did feature this comic in the Thor key comics list here a while ago.

Demand for this book has already sparked. CGC 8.0s and 8.5s have already been snagged since the announcement of this character joining the cast of Season 2. The very cool news about the casting of Mockingbird and Absorbing Man first dropped not too long ago, mere days, and I shared the posts on my facebook page almost as soon as the news hit.

So for those of you yet to hear about it, now you have. We'll see how hot Journey Into Mystery #114 becomes in the months to follow, but right now it looks like things are heating up for it.

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