Mockingbird has had a few different looks and costumes since she first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1971. She started out as a brunette visitor to the Savage Land. Then was a blonde scientist. Shortly after she was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It wasn’t until 1980’s MARVEL TEAM-UP #95 that Bobbi Morse took on the codename Mockingbird and started wearing a superhero costume.
She eventually became part of the West Coast Avengers, married Hawkeye, and died, sacrificing herself for her husband. It then turned out during Secret Invasion that she had been replaced by a shape-shifting Skrull and was actually still alive.
In the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Mockingbird is now working with Spider-Man as the S.H.I.E.L.D liaison for Parker Industries. She's also seen wearing a new costume.
Parker Industries has gone global and Spider-Man is posing as the bodyguard of Peter Parker. While contributing to many different causes, Parker is also working with S.H.I.E.L.D., designing tech for them and assisting on missions.
On a recent mission, Spider-Man gets a call from his Aunt May. During the call, her life is threatened by a group of Goblin terrorists and Spider-Man decides to abort his part of the mission in order to save his aunt. The problem is, Mockingbird was in the same vehicle as him. Ejecting her from the craft, he explains he's made a modification to her costume, unbeknownst to her.
Mockingbird now has wings and can fly. With Mockingbird as a codename, it makes sense for her to be able to fly. Peter Parker has managed to really focus on using his extremely gifted intellect to design high tech gear and devices. We can assume he had her new costume made once they started working together and at some point, added in the flying component. It's a little odd he never got around to letting her know. Thankfully she wasn't wearing an older version of the suit when he decided to eject her mid-flight.
The costume has its advantages. Aside from being able to fly and a new method of transportation, Mockingbird quickly figured out the benefit of using flight during a fight.
It makes sense that Spider-Man would design a costume for her. If he's building new equipment and suits for himself and new tech for S.H.I.E.L.D., why wouldn't he make some modifications for his partner on these S.H.I.E.L.D. missions?
The big question is, will she keep using the ability to fly? If she does, hopefully she'll work on her one-liners.
Mockingbird's new series begins in March 2016. She'll have some time to adjust to her new suit. Maybe Spider-Man will make some more adjustments as well.
What do you think of her new costume and ability to fly?