Cobie Smulders Talks ‘The Avengers’, Maria Hill, Joss Whedon & Training

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Cobie Smulders is Maria Hill in The Avengers Cobie Smulders Talks The Avengers, Maria Hill, Joss Whedon & Training

When Joss Whedon was hired to write and direct Wonder Woman in 2005, Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) was on his short list to play the most famous super heroine in the world.

Now, some six years later, they’re finally working together on a superhero film – Smulders is playing Maria Hill, Nick Fury’s second-in-command at S.H.I.E.L.D. in The Avengers. Recently, Smulders talked about her experience working on the film, including intensive black-ops training and working with Whedon.

Courtesy of a recent How I Met Your Mother podcast (transcribed by Comic Book Movie), Cobie Smulders talked about how many Marvel films she’s contracted for:

“Plus this one, [I’m contracted for] seven more, I think. This doesn’t mean I’m doing seven films – just means if they like me [and if they make seven more], then they’ll have me on more.”

On whether or not working on such a large film has been surprising:

“Yes, everything [has been surprising]. I had no idea what it was going to be like at all. I was so happy to see a friendly face in Joss Whedon because I know him socially. But [the film] was huge — the magnitude of it. I mean, just the amount of people it takes to make a film like this and move out to Albuquerque, New Mexico. People were working on the movie almost seven months before I arrived there.”

Cobie Smulders From How I Met Your Mother Cobie Smulders Talks The Avengers, Maria Hill, Joss Whedon & Training

On working with Joss Whedon:

“[It’s been a] dream. It was very handy to work with him because I was very intimated. There were a lot of extremely talented [and] very famous people working on this film. And I felt very green. And he was so kind to me and I really feel he brought out the best in me, performance-wise. I really went in there going like, ‘I will do whatever you want me to do, sir.'”

On how she prepared for the film:

“I hired this amazing black-ops trainer to teach me how to hold a gun, take me to a shooting range, how to hit, how to hold myself, how to walk, and basically how to look. I don’t do a ton of fighting in the movie, which is why I wasn’t offered a trainer, but I wanted to look like I had the ability to. And I really just got down and dirty with the character, but then I finally went on set; when you’re about to roll, all the ‘blubbity blue’ you’ve been working on kind of messes with [you]. And you become a little bit detached.”

Maria Hill From Avengers Earths Mightiest Cobie Smulders Talks The Avengers, Maria Hill, Joss Whedon & Training

Maria Hill as depicted in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

In the comic books, Maria Hill really only became a significant as a character when she replaced Nick Fury as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. For a very long time afterward, she was reviled by fandom – due primarily to her pro-registration position in the Mark Millar-penned Civil War – but she has seemingly redeemed herself in recent years (not only morally, but also in terms of no longer being a one note, one-dimensional, character).

It’ll be interesting to see how Joss Whedon decides to portray her in the film, especially with his long history of writing strong female characters.

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Joss Whedon’s The Avengers hits theaters May 4th, 2012.

Source: How I Met Your Mother Podcast [via ]

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  1. I love Cobie on HIMYM. I think that she is a great actress and will do a good job of bringing the appropriate depth to Hill. The fact that she personally hired a trainer to prepare for the role speaks volumes about her dedication. I cannot wait for this movie.

  2. Damn she’s beautiful.

    • Fap, fap, fap…

      • Thats enough of that!

  3. I reckon she would have been a perfect Black Widow.

    • Nah, although I don’t like Johanssen as the Black Widow, I would also be against the idea of it being Smulders (I don’t think she would look good as red head).

      I’m not really sure who would be good enough to play the Black Widow… (somebody that can pull off a decent Russian accent as well.)

      • Yvonne Strahovski, looks great as a red head, can kick ass (see Chuck) and can do a Russian accent (once again, see Chuck!)

        • Yeah, I already mentioned her further down the comment page thanks 😉

          (She is pretty awesome though…)

          • Detective Kate Beckett – Stana Katic would not have been a bad choice, I think she would seem more badass while still being a sexpot.

            • as Black Widow, I think Cobie will do a great job.

  4. Sad day when woman has to wear a bowl cut. The loss of all that tuggable is slightly hear breaking.

  5. I think we can all agree that Cobie Smulders awesome, funny, smart and HOT.

    But what really amazes me is the fact that she’s really putting effort into this role. (Hiring, at her own expense, a black-ops trainer so that she would be accurately portraying the character?! That’s dedication IMO).

    I seriously, can’t wait to see her on the silver screen. (I’m actually looking more forward to seeing her than Johansson, Hemsworth or Ruffalo.)

  6. Milla Jovavich for black widow. Just sayin.

    • Or maybe Yvonne Strahovski (the girl who plays Sarah in “Chuck”).
      Even though she isn’t Russian, she sure can pull off an accent and she does look good as a red head. The only problem is that she doesn’t really look like the black widow from the comics (even Johanson looks more like Natasha Romanov/the black widow)

      Although, I’d MUCH rather prefer to see Strahovski portray Ms. Marvel…

  7. I saw this same question/anserw somewhere else…
    Hey any Avenger news is always good news…even if its the 2nd or 3rd time around.

    There’s bigger characters that I’m looking forward to and the introduction of ‘magic(more magic) than was in Thor. Colbe is cool..but where’s Ms. Marvel? How you gonna intro that? Need Wonder Man, Vision which equal Hank Pym. then ,there’s the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. May have ‘Fox problems with those 2. Need a lot of introductions I guess…but ‘Maria Hill…important but not really..

    • I think the introduction of more magic would be cool, also. Thor kind of dabbled in it but was explained more as super uber advanced technology we don’t understand. One hole in that explanation is how will they explain, for instance, the Realm of the Dead with science? That’s why I think Marvel should move forward with Dr. Strange.

      • I recently watched Thor and they explain it as magic and technology as one. Not neccesarily calliing it one or the other just a society that uses both. They more than dabbed at when the Warrior Three directly called Loki a master magician when trying to save Thor from Earth. There’s a scene (albeit deleted) where Loki turns a cup of wine into a snake. They can esaily explain the land of dead or valhalla as another state of existence for Asgardians because of their higher brain functions when they die.

        As for Dr Strange just say that most Homi-Magi were killed exiled or volunatarily left after the great war or any other plot device.

        • @Ignur, I noticed the “master of magic” comment, too. The Asgardians are really both, I saw that deleted scene too with the wine into snakes thing. Thought that was a cool little thing to put in. The Lands of the Dead would be better off explained with magic, IMO. I do love how Asgard does look magical and techy like the 60s Jack Kirby stories, instead of some unused LOTR’s back-lot.

          • Thank goodness some of you understand this…

            Thor and the Asgardians are the “bridge” between science and magic — the two come together. (It’s basically Dr.Strange + Iron Man = Asgard, to put it simply)

            I’ve been trying to explain this to people for months, but they never seem to understand: according to them it has to be EITHER magic or science (they don’t get the concept that, in Asgard, both are “one”/magic and science coming together).

            But, even though the Asgardians have magic and science as one, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t magic anymore: earth still has it’s science and other characters like Dr.Strange still have sorcery…

          • @CaptainAmerica

            Asgard was dope. Some of the best visuals. Hoping Thor 2 stays totally if not primarily in Asgard or other realms.

  8. You are absolutely correct Sir….Captain!
    I think all of this ‘Real World nonsense started with Ironman and TDKR…Nolan making the stance ‘He can’t make a CBM with a character with powers..blah,blah, then Favure got on that kick…making the statement ‘Thor and Ironman can’t really be in the same room..blah,blah,

    Thank goodness’Marvel Studios..Kevin and Ari and soon the Mouse.. proceeded with the Universe as it is.
    There’s Dr. Strange and a missed put Ghost Rider, Blade and Hannible King that would have made a great ‘Midnight Sons movie. How can you intro the Olympians, Hercules and other Pantheons with some ‘Science nod just to play on some ‘Real World kick by Directors who don’t wanna make CBM with characters that are magical. It seems the ‘kick got kicked out!


    • Well Thor is really magic and science. Even in the comics. I’d love to see Hercules and the Olympians in Thor 2, though.

  9. Word on the street is that Blk Widow and Maria Hill duke it out to the point where you guessed it, uniforms are stripped off then both stumble into an inflatable pool pre filled with baby oil! The Avengers try and pry them off each other but the oil makes them too hard to grasp… they watch till they tire out. It should be
    on the extended blue ray october 2012.

    • …giggady…

  10. Who does she play?