Cobie Smulders Near a Deal to Play Maria Hill in THE AVENGERS

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Earlier this week, Samuel L. Jackson confirmed his involvement in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. The actor also stated that he was testing with five female actresses jostling for the role of his new sidekick (since, apparently, Scarlett Johansson is too big to be a sidekick). Deadline reports that TV star Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) is close to landing the role of SHIELD executive director Maria Hill, and that a deal could be done long before we’ve gotten over our Super Bowl XLV hangovers.

If Smulders and Marvel close the deal, she would join Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers.  Hit the jump for more on Maria Hill.

maria-hill-the-avengers-imageEssentially, Hill is a feisty bitch who bullies superheroes to get her way, and an appropriate sidekick for Samuel “motherfucking” Jackson.  Here’s a brief character bio:

Originally from Chicago Maria Hill joined SHIELD and rose to the position of commander. After Colonel Nicholas Fury’s “Secret War” Maria was chosen to be director of SHIELD by the President himself after he commended her on her work while she was stationed on assignment in Madripoor. Although many others who she herself admitted were better suited for position were not considered for directorship she was assigned director. It has emerged that Maria was chosen as the other candidates were “Fury Loyalists” and SHIELD needed “new direction.” [Marvel Wiki]

In point of fact, Smulders has some superhero roots due to a brief appearance in the 2004 season of Smallville.

The Avengers is set to start filming in April for a May 4, 2012 release.  Click here for all our coverage on the superhero film.




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  • Lance Costa

    Cobie Smulders is incredibly gorgeous. Canadian perfection doesn’t get much purer than her.

    I hope this movie will include Ant-Man and Wasp as well as some of the following villains:

    Baron Zemo, Collector, Count Nefaria, Egghead, Grandmaster, Graviton, Grim Reaper, Immortus, Kang, Korvac, Legion of the Unliving, Lethal Legion, Loki, Master Pandemonium, Masters of Evil, Morgan le Fay, Nebula, Space Phantom. Super-Adaptoid, Supreme Intelligence, Squadron Sinister, Taskmaster, Thanos, Ultron, Zodiac.

    • Grimcicle

      Why do you feel the need to list an entire paragraph of relatively obscure Marvel villains in EVERY SINGLE Collider article about a Marvel movie? Give it a rest.

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  • Gino

    I love HIMYM and hope Cobie makes it to the big screen!

  • Serge

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  • Wonder Woman

    What a waste! Cobie Smulders is perfect for WONDER WOMAN! Yaknow, someone people have heard of. (obviously not xmen fans) She is perfection as a woman, and she needs a bigger role.

  • Amy Maguire

    The Avengers is going to be even more overstuffed and bloated with more major characters and multiple storylines than ‘Spider-Man 3’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ combined.
    Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Nick Fury, Agent Phil Coulson, Maria Hill and soon many more.

    Ant-Man and Wasp might be in this.
    From the teaser trailer it seems that there will be several major villains in the film too and there are many possible supporting characters from each of the individual films of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America who may appear as well.

    If you include too many noticeable characters, then they’re all going be vying for attention from the audience and then none of them would get the screentime or character development they deserve.

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