Cobie Smulders is Officially Nick Fury's Sidekick in 'The Avengers'

February 5, 2011
Source: Deadline

Cobie Smulders / Maria Hill

Earlier this week Sam Jackson confirmed that he would make a cameo as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury in both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. In addition, the actor also revealed he was preparing to screen test with a few different actresses who were vying for the part of Fury's sidekick in The Avengers. Some names cropped up later in the day, but the character in question hadn't been revealed. Deadline seems to have taken the cake with this story as they've found out the character is S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill. In addition, they've also learned "How I Met Your Mother" star Cobie Smulders is the top choice for the role.

The character is tough, feisty and has been said to partake in blackmailing and bullying superheros to get her way. In the comics, after the scandalous affair of the Secret War and its disastrous effect on New York City, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury goes into hiding and Hill is appointed executive director of S.H.I.E.L.D. I wonder if there's a chance producers are grooming Smulders for an even bigger part in the Marvel universe down the road. The character has a pivotal role in the mind-blowing Civil War storyline, which I would love to see hit the big screen. If only we could reach that point sooner than later.

Though nothing is official, a deal could be struck soon as Smulders was apparently more impressive than other candidates: Morena Baccarin ("V"), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). She's not completely out of left field since director Joss Whedon liked the idea of Smulders as Wonder Woman when he was still attempting to develop that project. As for her talent, it's clear she's got some spunk from her performance on "How I Met Your Mother," but her action background leaves plenty to be desired. However, I've always adored the actress, and I'm really excited for her to snag a big role like this (and show up in that tight S.H.I.E.L.D. outfit). What do you think?

Update: As expected, this casting was confirmed. Both THR and Variety reported the news on February 7th that Cobie Smulders is in final negotiations for the role of Maria Hill in The Avengers. "Smulders will play a key member of the espionage agency SHIELD, run by Nick Fury, who appeared in the first two Iron Man films in the guise of Samuel L. Jackson." She nabbed the role over other very big names, Whedon must really like her. Truthfully it's great to see such a bold cast for The Avengers start to take shape. Bring it on!

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments


That would be awesome!!!

Tim Dahill on Feb 5, 2011


Please let this be true.

DwainIBe on Feb 5, 2011


It's about time Cobie gets cast in something big. She is Absolutely awesome on HIMYM.

Corey Ragland on Feb 5, 2011


??? She plays a whore. Not a very challenging role I'd say.

Anon on Feb 5, 2011


May I vote for Mary Elizabeth Winstead?

Chocolate Supra on Feb 5, 2011


I love her too... but I'm waiting to see how good she is in The Thing before I say go for more action movies. 🙂

Alex Billington on Feb 6, 2011


After watching her for years on HIMYM I gotta say I'm pretty excited that she's finally movin up in the buisness. Although I kind of expected her to do something a little more comedy oriented.

ScottM92 on Feb 5, 2011


Sounds neat. Any Marvel news is good news, to me.

Cracky on Feb 5, 2011


Can Marvel find any actresses that can act? Or is the Avengers going to be a comedy?

chops on Feb 5, 2011


At least they didnt cast Olivia munn.....again......cuz you know....she's annoying.......

Chris on Feb 6, 2011


did u type that same comment on slashfilm..... u swear i seen or read that comment earlier today...

macassi on Feb 6, 2011


i swear*

macassi on Feb 6, 2011


It's a shame we didn't get to see her in Whedon's WONDER WOMAN film, but I like this! I hope she gets quite a bit of screen time.

nitroslick on Feb 5, 2011


Why would you remove my comment about her playing a whore in HIMYM, it's TRUE!

Anon on Feb 6, 2011



Croniccris on Feb 6, 2011


You know what. I believe her character in HIMYM is absolutely terrible. And quite frankly I found her to be degrading to women. She plays a whore, and the fact that you, Alex Billington, are filtering comments on your site is absolute shit also. You're worse than China. And your site isn't worth it if this is how you work your post system

Anon on Feb 6, 2011


words do not describe my excitement.

Dan Arbiture on Feb 6, 2011



Marcus Dunn on Feb 6, 2011


@Anon What? Did you just say this site is worse than China? Anyway. I love How I met Your Mother. One of my favourite shows, and I think Robyn is hilarious. AND Canadian! Too bad the character is Maria Hill. I've never liked her. Carol Danvers would have been cooler. Anyway, maybe Cobie will be able to take a character I hate and make her good. "Lets go to the mall -- Today."

Andrew Geczy on Feb 6, 2011


Let's just say there has been more than one occasion where I have found comments deleted simply because they did not fit within the 'context of proper posts', whatever that means. And I am not talking about strictly slandering messages either. So yes, China, as in, the Great Firewall of China. I'm sure the term isn't new to you.

Anon on Feb 6, 2011


Hahhaha you're cracking me up Anon. Sorry, but I'm about to delete ALL of your comments and ban you, and yes it is completely in my rights to do this. I'm sorry that you don't want your cynical, immature comments posted on, but I'm removing them for that reason - because they don't belong here.

Alex Billington on Feb 6, 2011


What's wrong with deleting comments for not being within context. This website is a business, not a bulletin board. It makes sense to want to remove the more pointless comments after a news story has gone cold, so people who came to the party late and want to read peoples reactions, only have to read the best reactions and not the shitty ones. Thus more hits.

Andrew Geczy on Feb 7, 2011


how bout olivia wilde?

o.o on Feb 6, 2011


She would be perfect. She has a very natural beauty and is quite funny. Whenever I see or hear of Colby cheese, I Smulder.

schm3cky on Feb 6, 2011


She would be perfect. She has a very natural beauty and is quite funny. Whenever I see or hear of Colby cheese, I Smulder.

schm3cky on Feb 6, 2011


Would love to see her character, Maria Hill, and Black Widow clash in The Avengers 🙂

Jmtamburini on Feb 6, 2011


Called it!

Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011

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