Cobie Smulders to Appear on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’; More than a Cameo?

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With Clark Gregg on board to play Agent Phil Coulson again, Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  has its Bifrost bridge to the Marvel Movie Universe – but now producers have doubled down, adding another key player from The Avengers in the form of How I Met Your Mother actress Cobie Smulders, who will reprise her role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill in the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Surprised? Why? Smulders has hinted in that past that she has had discussions about a role on the show and that “the commitments to [How I Met Your Mother] don’t affect it“. Besides that, Maria Hill is a vital part of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics, and technically, she’s ranked above Coulson in The Avengers (but is she “level 8?”), so it seems like a natural fit.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is of course making its presence felt at the 2013 Comic-Con, and here’s Joss Whedon’s statement to THR, in advanced of the show’s Comic-Con panel:

“I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot because as much as anyone else, she IS SHIELD.  She’s cool and commanding and has the dry humor that plays so well with Clark’s [Gregg]. Also, if she’s in it, I get to hang out with Cobie,”

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The question is, will the pilot, or rather, the premiere episode, be Smulders’ only appearance on S.H.I.E.L.D. this season while HIMYM wraps up its 9-season run? Presently there are conflicting reports, with THR saying this will be a “one-off cameo role,” but that Smulders “could return for another similar spot in the future”;  TV Line sounded more optimistic, reporting that the actress would “appear in the pilot and other episodes”.

Right now, it seems like the latter may be a safer bet and that Smulders may have negotiated a certain number of appearances into her season 9 contract with the producers of HIMYM. This would allow her to come back and give Robin Sparkles fans one more trip to the mall (and, you know, some closure with the whole getting married to Barney thing…). It would  also take advantage of the shiny Marvel career trajectory that she is currently on, thanks to The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and now Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to debut on September 24th @8PM on ABC.

Stay tuned for more news about the show to be revealed at its Comic-Con panel.

Sources: THR


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  1. I wasn’t planning on watching this series, but now I think I will so I can see more of Robin. Also, will all the SHIELD agents (aside from Coulson and Hill) make an appearance in future Marvels movies, i.e. Captain ‘Murica: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers 2?

  2. i hope she becomes a series regular or a guest star

    • me too. How I Met Your Mother is on its last season, I think, so she might have lots of time for SHIELD.

      • Would be smart of her to have a place to go after HIMYM ends

  3. I hope she’s a regular, we need more connections to Marvel’s movie-verse than just Coulson.

    • If she is not regular, there’s always Ex-Lax!

      • And in which aisle can she find that at Wal-Mart again?

    • And an appearance of Nick Fury too. Even a cameo of him.

      • Yep, I think that’s mandatory.

  4. this is awesome. she should be the bridge between the films and the show. she’s supposedly going to be featured in CA:WS somewhat prominently. hopefully she will just transition to this more semi-full time as HIMYM winds up (will Robin & Barney get married?). i do have to say, i found her to be a bit wooden in the opening of the avengers, and i think she will loosen up and find her role better in future flicks. she was kinda annoying, to me, in the 1st half of the 1st season of HIMYM, but i think she’s hilarious. i think she will get her groove in the MCU.

    • Wasn’t her character suppose to be (starting off at least) a little “wooden” and a little bit more by-the-book to contrast some with Fury and the other SHIELD agents?

  5. Cobie Smulders would be reason to watch.
    Which is reason enough to get her onboard.

  6. I am really looking forward to this show. If it is decent, and they put it on DVD, I would fork money over for this to add to my collection.

  7. Terrible actress. She was the worst thing about the Avengers. I hope she goes back to making stupid comedies, and doesn’t distract us with her awful “acting”.

    • ^ this. She’s not a good actress and only made herself a name with the popularity of himym, not with her acting skill.