The ‘college freshman recruited by SHIELD’ premise was from the Mockingbird TV show that was announced back in 2011.
Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Bobbi, and she’s 31.
Man-Thing was mentioned at the end of the first season of Agents of SHIELD, from Nothing Personal.
Maria Hill: Yeah, it went as expected. S.H.I.E.L.D. implodes, and everyone wants answers. The C.I.A, N.S.A, and N.R.L., them I can handle, but Congress…Congress is like kindergarten. Where is this Fridge? What was in there? Who or what is a Man-Thing?
We know there were attempts to recreate super soldier serum from The Avengers.
Steve: So this Dr. Banner was trying to replicate the serum that was used on me?
Coulson: A lot of people were. You were the world’s first superhero.
It’s likely that they’re keeping some form of the Project: Gladiator storyline in her backstory.
Now, Bobbi was recruited right out of grad school, when her favourite professor, Wilma Calvin, signed on to the project and she went with her. That could be worked in as her having been a student, but she won’t be a college student when she shows up.
She already has her name — Mockingbird. We know of very few agents who have codenames and, on top of that, she’s both high ranking and trusted enough to be able to contact the Playground directly.
She will most likely be a skilled, experienced agent who is at about the same level as Hawkeye and Black Widow.