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Cobie Smulders Frontrunner To Play Maria Hill In The Avengers

Cobie Smulders and Maria Hill

How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders is the lead contender to play SHIELD Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers, Deadline reports, edging out actresses Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Speculation about the role began early Thursday when Samuel L. Jackson revealed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that he would screen test actresses on Friday to play Nick Fury’s “sidekick” in the movie. A report quickly followed indicating that four actresses were vying the role of a key member of SHIELD, making Sharon Carter, Carol Danvers or Maria Hill the likely Marvel character.

The 28-year-old Smulders, who had a recurring role in The L Word, was Avengers director Joss Whedon’s choice to star in his abandoned Wonder Woman movie. According to Deadline, her Marvel deal — it’s expected to include the studio’s now-standard nine-picture option — could be finalized before the weekend is out.

Debuting in Marvel comics in 2005, Maria Hill served as interim executive director, and then deputy director, of SHIELD before being appointed by Steve Rogers to lead a new team of Avengers.

The Avengers, which is set to begin filming in April, stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg. It opens on May 4, 2012.


  • Anonymous

    Robin Scherbatsky!!!

  • nameless_savage

    she’s hot and i’d love to see her in anything, but i just don’t see her as Maria Hill. though i doubt it’d be a huge role with all the other actors and storyline of Avengers, it could work.

  • Dsfghgfht

    I’d rather see Morena Bacarrin since she really has the hair already to pull it off. But a 9 picture deal (same as Sam Jacson)..but he’s already done 2 or 3. Which means, would Fury die and Maria Hill take command of SHIELD for a movie or 2?

  • Erikgalston

    or like in the Marvel Universe Fury got kicked out and Hill took over.

  • Rawk

    AWESOME casting. Honestly. Can’t wait to see Scherbatsky kick ass,

  • Barney Stintson

    She’s great on How I Met Your Mother. She can act, unlike the other choices.

  • Shaun

    Good God! She was Whedon’s choice for Wonder Woman?? Thank God that didn’t get made!

    As Maria Hill, she should be fine.

  • Doug

    I don’t want any references to Civil War or anything after it. It wa sjsut an embarrassing moment for Marvel that Quesada put out there and it damaged the company. Sure, it sold a lot of issues, but after while people wised up to it’s poor quality and the fact that it never delivered. Since Maria Hill came after it, she shouldn’t be anywhere in the movies.

    It’s bad enough they put that Thor costume in there.