On paper, Bobbi ‘Mockingbird’ Morse and Natasha Romanoff have a lot in common and yet, they’ve never once crossed paths on film or television.
That’s not all that surprising when you remember that Marvel tends to keep its two divisions on two separate tracks, but a new theory put forward by ComicBook.com suggests the Powers That Be may break – or, at the very least, bend – their one golden rule so that Mockingbird may appear in Cate Shortland’s Black Widow movie.
Adrianne Palicki’s kickass agent hasn’t been involved in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since the show’s third season, when her character was forced to lay down her life – ditto for Lance Hunter – so that her allies may survive. Back then, Marvel proposed a spinoff TV show with Hunter and Mockingbird at its core. Entitled Most Wanted, sadly the series never got off the ground, and Palicki’s chances of an MCU role all but vanished.
But there is precedent for a crossover: as ComicBook.com so rightly points out, Mockingbird eventually married Hawkeye in Marvel Comics, and the fact that Shortland’s Black Widow pic has been angled as a prequel, one set before The Avengers, leaves the door open for a possible reference to Bobbi ‘Mockingbird’ Morse.
We’ve already been introduced to Clint Barton’s secret family thanks to Age of Ultron, but if Black Widow rolls back the years further still, there’s a chance – albeit a small one – that the movie may allude to his past romance with Mockingbird.
Our guess? Cate Shortland and Co. have bigger fish to try when it comes to Black Widow, what with the rumors linking Sebastian Stan’s Winter Solider with a possible supporting role. But as always, time will tell.