Ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron’s release on DVD and Blu-ray, a new extended scene reveals a pragmatic, somewhat darker side to Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and teases her possible allegiance in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
The aftermath of Age of Ultron helped create a division in The Avengers and a growing cynicism in political powers about reining in so-called superheroes. The growing animosity comes to a climax in the upcoming Captain America sequel, where loyalties are put the test when Captain America and Iron Man go head-to-head.
The extended scene serves to flesh out Maria Hill’s character a little more in Age of Ultron. It also helps to outline some of the philosophical differences between her and Steve Rogers. The main distinction between them seems to be Hill's understanding of Ultron's methods, and claims of how far she would go if her mission was world peace.
Check out the scene in question below:
The question remains how much will we see of Maria Hill in Civil War or if we’ll even see her at all. The current team rosters and costumes have been confirmed, and it leaves Hill mysteriously absent. However, don’t count the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent out just yet as the actor's interview with The Daily Beast opens up a slight possibility that her character might return. When asked about Hill’s absence from Civil War, the actress replied, “That’s really sweet that you asked me, but I can’t talk about that; I’ll get in trouble!"
Unfortunately, that is nowhere near a confirmation, but her secrecy surrounding a possible appearance could indicate small hope for fans. To not include Hill would take a dramatic turn from the comic storyline, where the character was one of the major proponents of the Superhuman Registration Act. The arc also shows a ruthless side to the character that the MCU Maria Hill has not even come close to mirroring. And considering that other scenes with the character have been left on the cutting-room floor, Marvel might think about allowing the character to play a more significant role in upcoming films.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016;Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.