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Did Cobie Smulders Let Slip a Key Detail About The Avengers?

Cobie Smulders with Joss Whedon and Samuel L. Jackson on "The Avengers" set

UPDATE (Dec. 7 at 3:45 a.m. PT): Well, it looks like Vulture got Smulders’ quote wrong. She didn’t suggest her character Maria Hill has superpowers, but instead said, “And if she had a superpower it would be that she is hyperintelligent; a very nice, fine woman who has all the answers.”

Original post follows …

The Avengers rumor mill hasn’t dwelt much on Maria Hill, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent portrayed by How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders. After all, the character, initially described by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury’s “sidekick or something,” seemed like a minor player, someone introduced primarily to dilute the testosterone in director Joss Whedon’s ensemble movie. (Besides, we’ve had other, bigger matters to fixate on, like whether Loki will be at the head of an invading Skrull armada, or if Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk will have a hairy chest.)

But is it possible we’ve underestimated Maria Hill’s role in the Marvel film? An all-too-brief comment by Smulders suggests that may be the case. Warning: Potential spoilers follow.

During a Q&A with Vulture devoted to How I Met Your Mother, the subject momentarily turns to The Avengers, with Smulders asked, “You’re not a superhero in the movie, but you do have sick costumes?”

Her answer? “I do. They’re very sleek, and very leather. And she has superpowers and is hyperintelligent; a very nice, fine woman who has all the answers.”

Comics fans will, of course, pause on “she has superpowers,” as the Maria Hill of the Marvel Universe is a capable leader and tactician, and a skilled combatant and marksman, but possesses no superhuman abilities. Perhaps Whedon is merely tinkering with the character — even borrowing from Carol Danvers’ background, creating his own Ms. Marvel? — to lay the groundwork for a larger presence in the sequel.

Or maybe there’s actually something to that IMDb entry from August that listed Smulders as playing both Maria Hill and Princess Anelle, heir to the Skrull Empire introduced way back in Fantastic Four #37. So if the shape-shifting Skrulls are the “unexpected enemy” that emerges in The Avengers to threaten the planet — and it looks like they are — then it seems likely that Smulders’ Maria Hill is a double agent who’s infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. Whether she’s done so to aid the invasion or stop it is a question for another day.

Opening May 4, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.


  • AAB

    I though Maria Hill had powers, -wasnt she introduced in Secret War?

  • Richardcasey

    would be cool to see Smulders/Hill going down the Carol Danvers/Ms.Marvel road, although maybe this version of Hill is just hyper smart, which is why she’s working for S.H.I.E.L.D

  • AAB

    My bad:,_Maria
    -I thought there was some kind of mutant that could project like ‘quake’ / Rictor type waves,… aaany way, very much looking forward to this movie :-)

  • Staindcruiser

    You’re thinking of Daisy Johnson; she looks a lot like Maria Hill. Works for Nick Fury, too. She’s a mutant who can create earthquakes, joined the Avengers in the very most recent issue of the comics.

  • Erikgalston

    there was… Daisy Johnson was introduced in Secret War.  And she’s not a mutant.. 

  • Tony Randazzo

    I don’t see the big deal here. If anything, it saved Marvel the hassle of leaking the story to the New York Post so they could spoil it the day before the movie comes out.

  • justin

    that was agent daisy johnson aka quake, from secret war.  maybe they’re combining the two characters?

  • Docorlando

    You’re thinking of Daisy “Quake” Johnson, who was Nick Fury’s right-hand-gal for quite awhile, from Secret War up through Secret Warriors. She’s now essentially the leader of what became of SHIELD, or at least Fury’s private little slice of it.

  • Lord Prong

    I congratulate you on your ability to take a comment and stretch it as far as possible : )

  • demoncat_4

    could see with the skrulls as bad guys the maria has powers angle like she is a skrull posing as maria hill.

  • Anonymous

    I still say Agent Coulson is Mar-Vell, stationed on Earth to watch for Skrulls.

  • Logan

    it’s pretty entertaining how speculative fan sites are. So, yeah, from her off-the-cuff comment about the movie and a few leaked shots of metal objects, we’re to infer that Maria Hill either has superpowers, or Cobie Smulders is in fact the princess of an invading Skrull Armada. Isn’t it far, far more likely that Ms. Smulders (who more than likely isn’t as steeped in comic book continuity as the writer of this piece) said she had superpowers, because it was in fact a random aside and “i’m in avengers, yeah superspy, sure i have powers, whatever”. The likelihood of them introducing any more superheroes into this loaded cast (i’m looking at you Pyms) is about as likely as those assorted pieces of metal with a guy in a motion-capture suit on it being Skrull as opposed to a piece of Asgardian metal and an orc, or frost-giant or whatever.

    I know the simpler answer being more likely also means less exciting, but my money’s on a truly awesome hour and a half of the same guys we saw in the trailer fighting Loki and a bunch of Asgardians, and maybe, hell, probably a reference to the Red Skull.

  • Jacob

    How, this looks like she said one little thing, and you went full on conspiracy mode.

  • Jacob

    That would ruin his character.

  • Jacob

    Those are never leaks, they’re full on press releases. A leak is where the source of the info is unknown.

  • Clparmer

    It may not be the Skrulls since 20th Century Fox should have them tied up with their license on the FF. It may be the Chitauri race which was originally Marvel’s “Ultimate Comics” Skrulls.

  • pahphoenix

    Lets play What If now…
    What if Loki is NOT the bad guy. What if he just serves up the skrulls to Fury as a bargaining chip.
    What if we are talking about Secret Invasion and maybe Hill isn’t the only skrull. What if an Avenger is?
    What if…. hmmmmm.

  • Mpruitt

    Or maybe, just a thought here, she was being playful and saying her character’s “super-powers” are that she’s smart and is Fury’s go to aide.

  • TinyJoseph

    They edited the article:

    You’re not a superhero in the movie, but you do have sick costumes?
    do. They’re very sleek, and very leather. And if she had a superpower
    it would be that she is hyperintelligent; a very nice, fine woman who
    has all the answers.*

    *This quote has been updated to show that Smulders didn’t mean to suggest that her Avengers character has superpowers.

  • Adam Walker

    Agent Coulson is the best part about Marvel’s self produced movies, because he is no superhero/superhuman/god/fairytale character. Him being a human makes these movies more “believable” and not just a poor fantasy outlet.

    The same would’ve counted for Hill, but I trust Whedon to completely have missed the point of that.

  • Genius715

    They could make her Ms. Marvel, just take out Carol Danvers to give the movie a surprise twist.

  • Dan

    It looks like Vulture changed the quote. It now reads: “And if she had a superpower
    it would be that she is hyperintelligent; a very nice, fine woman who
    has all the answers.” So they probably just goofed in the trascription (unless it’s a cover-up!).

  • Omegasaga

    Everything looks great EXCEPT  Caps  21st century costume… HORRIBLE