Maria Hill Returning to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

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Viewers may have seen the last of Robin Scherbatsky – the Canadian former pop star played by Cobie Smulders on the long-running CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother – but that doesn’t mean that the actress is done with television altogether.

Smulders – who appeared as Agent Maria Hill in Marvel’s The Avengers and current box office champ Captain America: The Winter Soldier – brought the character over to the small screen with a brief appearance in the pilot episode of the studio’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fans had speculated whether the character would play a role on the show, since Smulders was already a television fixture and a natural choice to help bridge the gap between the new series and the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to TVLine, the actress is set to re-emerge on the show, as it deals with the aftermath of the game-changing events depicted in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Smulders will appear on the show’s April 29th episode, just two weeks away from its May 13th season finale, though there’s no indication what role her character will play in the series’ narrative. However, reports indicate that she will be a big part of the action and will join forces with Agent Coulson.

The conclusion of Captain America: The Winter Soldier indicated that the character of Maria Hill would be taken in a different direction than we’ve seen thus far, but given what we’ve heard about how the film will affect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it makes sense for her to pop up on the show in some capacity. The series has indeed received a mixed reaction from fans, but there’s no denying that the scale and scope of the story is ramping up as it concludes it approaches the season finale (featuring the return of another familiar face from the films).

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In addition, it will be interesting to see if Smulders’ role on the show expands now that How I Met Your Mother has concluded its nine-season run. The producers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already have plans in mind for the show’s as-yet-unconfirmed season 2, and having a veteran agent like Hill on hand could help boost viewership and provide additional connectivity to the films. At the very least, it’s a lot easier (and cheaper for the studio) to secure Smulders as a recurring guest star than to lock down cameo appearances by the likes of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. (both of whom have uncertain long-term futures with Marvel as it is). Time will tell where Hill’s return will lead Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the series is wise to call in reinforcements if it hopes to be renewed for next season.

Are you excited for Hill’s return to the TV side of the Marvel universe? How do you think her appearance will play off of the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Let us know in the comments section below.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8pm on ABC. Its season finale airs May 13.

Source: TVLine

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  1. The last episode of SHIELD was EPIC. Glad to see Smulders in anything tbh

  2. Why did they wait so long for this show to have tie ins with MCU? I def look forward to watching this show now… Hail Hydra!

    • Well I am assuming they wanted to wait until cap 2 was released. Perhaps your right, they should have started with last nights episode last fall. that would have been the “smart” move. ::rolls eyes::

      • Well there was the Thor 2 movie tie in that could have been way better… Also introducing more Shield agents from the comics etc….

  3. If there is a second season, I hope Smulders becomes a full time cast member. It’d be great if at the end of the season Maria Hill and Coulson and Co. are all working at Avengers tower. Have the AoS cast members just doing random stuff in the background, maybe have FitzSimmons interact with Banner or Stark in a nerdy way. I know, I’m dreaming, but c’mon Marvel!

    • Dude, spoiler alert? ;D

  4. NICE!! I hope the reason why Hill ended up working for You-Know-Who will be addressed, considering in the movie, You-Know-Who was located in You-Know-Where that might lead to how the Avengers will reunite. Are they leading up this show to the Secret Warriors arc? Hmmm…

    And one more thing, still not convinced The Clairvoyant was who they ‘revealed’ last night, IMO it’s just didn’t quite fit (his motive and his actions). I hope more explanation to that will be explained as well.

  5. Spoilers!!!!

    What if next season is Agents of S.I. (Stark Industries)

    Maybe Hill gets hired by Stark Industries and then is the head of the division that runs Coulson and his crew. Hill will be able to get all the latest tech from Stark Industries that way too!

    • The end of the season can have Hill show up and say “You all now work for Stark Industries.”


      “You are all now officially on the payroll of Tony Stark.”

      • ***SPOILERS***

        Since Tony cracked the Shield database in Avengers did he know HYDRA was involved?
        Seems unlikely but…
        alternatively will he be able to help Cap, etc… track down those HYDRA agents using Jarvis as an analytic competitor to Zola.
        Does it become a battle of AIs for the heart of SHIELD and Earth?

        • SLIGHT SPOILER!!

          the voice actor of Jarvis has been cast as Vision for Avengers 2. odds are Ultron, more than likely being a product of recently destroyed SHIELD, corrupts Jarvis and gives him a body or something of that nature.

  6. My money is still on Zola as the Clairvoyant.
    I would love to see more Agent Hill
    Hail HYDRA

  7. She would be a phenomenal addition to be around frequently. I don’t know about a full on team member, but she’s the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D before Tony Stark in the comics, so that would be awesome. She’s easier to get than Samuel L. Jackson, so we could see a little less smoke and mirrors with the S.H.I.E.L.D hierarchy.

  8. Yes! I love Cobie Smulders, and it will be great if she was added full time to AoS


    Probably a stupid question here but I took her last scene in Winter Soldier to be a check if she was a HYDRA agent or not since she was hooked up to a lie detector, not necessarily that she was leaving SHIELD to work for Tony. Did anyone else read it that way? It just makes sense that way since Tony was originally brought on as a consultant and he’d likely have the most advanced lie detector technology.

    • She was taking that polygraph in Stark Industries Human Resources department, seems easy to read that like a job interview.

  10. I’d love just a scene with Coulson and Fitz/Simmons where he’s behind his desk and the discussion turns more casual
    Fitz/Simmons: “You never told us the story about how you met Maria Hill.”
    Coulson: “We don’t have time for that.”

  11. I hope her character brings some phase 2 weapons to the show to fight Hydra, like the gun Coulson shot Loki with in the Avengers. S.H.I.E.L.D has loads of creative weapons in the comics, yet the Agents carry standard issue and night night guns on the show.

  12. Spoiler!!!!

    It’s been supposedly confirmed that Samuel L. Jackson will appear in season finale

  13. I want Christin Millioti to be the mother !

    Whoops, wrong article.

    • she was the mother, but ted still ends up with robin.

  14. Werx 4 meee!

  15. I kinda wish she would become a series regular now that How I Met Your Mother is over. But I doubt that would happen.

  16. I’m pretty sure her appearance may be limited. I think she wants to get into the big time movies and and not another TV series. Whatever her goals may be she is still hot! :)