'The Avengers' Confirms Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill

The actress is set to sign a nine-picture deal with Marvel Studios, which includes 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and sequels to 'The Avengers'.

Cobie Smulders confirmed for The Avengers as Maria Hill
Cobie Smulders confirmed for The Avengers as Maria Hill
We reported over the weekend that How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders was nearing a deal to appear in The Avengers as S.H.E.I.L.D. Agent Maria Hill. Today that deal is being finalized, and Cobie Smulders is officially confirmed to join Joss Whedon's epic superhero ensemble.

Maria Hill is the sidekick of S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), a woman known for her aggressive tactics including the blackmail of certain super heroes to get them to cooperate. Cobie Smulders becomes the second female cast member in The Avengers, along with Scarlett Johansson, who plays Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. The Black Widow.

Our initial report suggested that Cobie Smulders would sign on for multiple Marvel movie projects, including sequels to The Avengers and the S.H.I.E.L.D. trilogy. The actress is now said to be signing a nine-movie deal for future projects.

Joss Whedon is directing The Avengers from his own script. Production will start on The Avengers in April.

Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.



Sources: Variety

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  1. Josh

    I've been watching The L Word on Netflix lately, and this girl just popped up over the past couple episodes.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  2. Shadow Of The Day

    Cool.

    4 years agoby @asifFlag

  3. RojoDiablo

    I'm good with nine films, bring them on!

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  4. Bane5000

    @tha_phoenix...thats what im sure is gonna happen with the X-Men films by the time Marvel Studios gets them back from FOX...

    FOX is gonna try to keep the rights as long as they can and prequel, sequel, spin-off and most likely later re-boot the movie, basically theyre gonna recycle the X-men as much as they can that by the time Marvel gets them back, people might be tired of the franchise already...

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  5. Tha Phoenix

    @Supes - I have my doubts. If they're up to the standard of Iron Man (which IMO is one of Marvel's best films to date) then I'm all for it, but if they're only going to be on par with the Hulk or even Iron Man 2...

    4 years agoby @thaphoenixFlag

  6. SenTox

    Boring...

    4 years agoby @sentoxFlag

  7. empath86

    i like her in how i met your mother, and joss whedon is great and i trust him to make an awesome film because he knows his sh*t. i was a fan of buffy and angel when i was younger, and recently rewatched them, i am a fan of firefly and its movie serenity which for made for pennies at least in hollywood terms. whedon will knock this out of the park.

    4 years agoby @empath86Flag

  8. Dan

    I've already stated my position on the 9 picture deals.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Tha Phoenix

    Love her. This is good news as far as I'm concerned. However, I do feel that these nine films Marvel is planning are overkill. IMO there are simply too many and, by the time the last one is released, people will be over them.

    But maybe that's just me.

    Thoughts?

    4 years agoby @thaphoenixFlag

  10. DoubleR0522

    That is awesome that they are shooting in april

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  11. Diaigma

    Well, this works, I suppose. Totally behind you, @Narrator and @bane

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  12. the Narrator

    Oh, absolutely friend. It was a solid film, but as you said, it was chocked too full of goodies for it's own good. It took away from the actual film, and these adaption's are films first, comic book movies second. Hopefully that won't be the case with Cap.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. Rufio

    i like her in himym, but not sure about this casting choice.

    4 years agoby @rufioFlag

  14. bud2fresh

    If Joss W. likes her then i trust him.I look forward to seeing this monster of a movie everyday.

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  15. ed_wood

    Pretty good choice. Just realized that they're gonna start shooting in a couple of months. Very cool.

    4 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  16. Writer220

    No need to be sorry bane5000, I feel the same way. The X-men should revert back the Marvel, with all the X-Men films they felt more like a Wolverine trilogy, of the last film it stank.

    4 years agoby @writer220Flag

  17. Bane5000

    @ejk1...when that day comes ill be a happier Marvel fan...it seems like Fox just cant let go of the X-men, they need it that badly to make money but its just sad, like trying to take a toy from a baby, they hold on so tight and make a big fuss and fight bout it, theyre comes a time when u just gotta let go, FOX didnt create the X-men, Marvel did, now let them get their creation back...sorry for venting lol

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  18. Bane5000

    @Narrator....Agreed, give the characters a purpose and time onscreen, dont just have Cobie pass by in the background and Fury turns and says " oh by the ways thats Maria Hill, shes my assistant " and we wait till the next film for her to have a bigger role in it

    I think thats what took away the feel IM2 shouldve had compared to the first, was all the Avenger easter eggs, they shouldve just stuck with Tony getting his fathers trunk and knowing howard assisted in creating Shield, n maybe the news report of the Hulk at the university..Coulson mentioning hes being re assigned to N.m, Caps shield skeleton, and i forget what else couldve been left out i think...

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  19. ejk1

    @bane, like I said before, DC has only so many that they can market, while Marvel has a plethora of names. If Marvel could get the whole roster under one roof, and make good films, then they would be on top most of the time, save for whenever DC puts out Batman or Superman(and he's nowhere near a given anymore).

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  20. Bane5000

    @ejk1...Seriously man, if they can bring everyone back home, Spidey, X-Men etc, they can have the comic book movie market cornered for years to come. im sure the most reluctant to let Marvel take back theyre properties would be FUX...ooops i mean Fox...stingy, greedy bastards lol

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  21. Blade Masterson

    Whedon did the Buffy TV show on which Alyson Hannigan was on for the better part of a decade. Hannigan now costars with Smulders on How I Met Your Mother. So he probably did her a solid since they have had time to gain a rapport. I like her on HIMYM so I'm looking forward to see what she can do. Scarlett did way better than I was expecting.

    4 years agoby @blade-mastersonFlag

  22. ejk1

    If only Marvel can gain control of all of its properties, then they'd really be set.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. the Narrator

    I'm fine with the 6-9 picture deals @Supes. Every characters appearance in each others franchises helps establish an on-screen universe. So I'm hip, so long as they have a basic direction with which they're going, and they're not just being thrown in for the sake of being thrown in, ala IM2's easter eggs.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  24. CUPID

    Still wanted Morena Baccarin for the role but thats ok cant do anything about it so good for her.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  25. Dan

    Ah man. I really wanted Baccarin. Since this is set in stone now, I guess I'll try to be on board and be realistic about it.

    However, while some may feel these 6-9 movie deals are a bit much, I see it as Marvel laying the groundwork for their future, and I see nothing wrong with locking specific actors/actresses in for their roles well into the future. If anything, it provides stability and continuity with how Marvel wants to proceed, so I'm with that idea.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  26. ejk1

    Very surprised that Whedon decided not to use one of his people. Still, I hope Smulders does well in the role.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  27. the Narrator

    F*ck. Baccarin was PERFECT for the role. Like, literally. Oh well, I'll just see it all the more now, just to see how Smulders does in the role. She must have made quite the impression.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag