Cobie Smulders the frontrunner to play Maria Hill in 'Avengers' movie. This could be legen-wait for it-dary.

cobie_smulders_maria_hill-320.jpg Image Credit: Cobie Smulders: CBS; Maria Hill: ©Marvel Comics On Thursday, Samuel L. Jackson set the Internet atwitter when he casually revealed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that he would get a female sidekick in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers film. And though we tapped into our comic book minds and guessed the mysterious sidekick could be Sharon Carter, the Wasp, or the Contessa, it looks like we may have to admit defeat: EW has confirmed that How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders is the frontrunner to appear in the film… as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Maria Hill.

Of course, this news is just a tad disappointing — though many fans spent the better part of the week on the edge of their seats, waiting to find out whether or not Smulders (or the other actresses rumored to join the cast) would play the Wasp, it’s a bit of a let-down to discover the role in question is Hill. That’s not to say, however, that Whedon won’t go in an interesting direction with the character: There’s a good chance she could be painted as an antagonistic presence, since after taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. from Nick Fury, Hill opposed the formation of the Avengers. But there’s at least one thing we can expect: Plenty of personality from the bad-ass Hill.

Which is why Smulders would be perfect — it’s about time she’s given a chance to bring her big personality to the big screen in a big-budget flick. (Why should Jason Segel have all the fun?) And she’s exactly the kind of actress who will work well with Whedon, a director who loves hot, smart, butt-kicking women: Not only is Smulders a babe who would no doubt look bangin’ in spandex, but the actress also boasts comedic skills that would fit well alongside the likes of Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. (And that’s the sexiest thing of all.) Also, alongside such a male-heavy cast, isn’t it nice to see another female fighter, regardless of whether she’s fighting for good or not-so-good?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you excited about the possibility of Smulders on the big screen? And what can we expect from Maria Hill?

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  • Heather

    I’m excited for her, I really hope she gets the part. I think all of that cast deserve to get a chance at movie careers as well

    • Willa

      Sucks. The film is a sausagefest already, I was hoping that there would at least be a second female superhero. Maybe Scarlet Witch or Ms. Marvel. The Wasp was one of the founding Avengers yet she won’t be in the film, but Hawkeye will? Fail.

      • Alex

        Yep yep…I’m still holding out for Wasp and or possibly but not likely the Scarlet Witch.

      • AcaseofGeo

        For me, the ONLY Emma Peel on Avengers is forever DIANA RIGG.

    • JaMES

      You remember when Whedon was ‘set to direct’ Wonder Woman? He wanted Smulders as the lasso-wielding goddess! So, Joss finding a role for her in his new film comes as no surprise to me…

  • t.t

    best news I’ve heard all week!

  • JB

    Add to the fact that I’ve heard she’s a comic book/graphic novel geek. So that makes her even more perfect for any role in the movie. I think women who read them have a better understanding of how to play them.

  • Annie

    That’s awesome!

  • James Sartain

    Cobie Smulders is incredibly gorgeous. Canadian perfection doesn’t get much purer than her.

  • Danila

    More misdirection. We should expect one of the following rising young actresses to play the female sidekick:

    Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Sophia Bush, Hilary Duff, Leighton Meester, Ellen Page, Emma Roberts, Jessica Szohr, Evan Rachel Wood.

    • avenger

      haha…you are kidding right? mischa barton, rachel bilson…everyone but ellen page on this list is a whiny, annoying, wooden doofus actress…so, you were kidding right? Or you’re probably a 15 year old, Gossip Girl watching drone

    • Dax

      I don’t watch Gossip Girl (or whatever show she’s on) so I don’t know about her acting skills but I do know that Szohr is extremely easy on the eyes.

    • cb

      get it right moron both rachel and mischa were on the oc not gossip girl. Leighton is from gossip girl. I don’t want mischa she’s either too skinny or too fat dependending on the week. Don’t see sophia as anyone other than brooke from one tree hill or leighton doing the part. No idea on the rest

    • disgruntled redhead

      There are four actresses on your list I’ll agree with you about: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Rachel Bilson and Leighton Meester. The other five are either terrible actresses (Jessica Szohr), have yet to live up to their potential (Mischa Barton, Hilary Duff), or just haven’t earned their stripes yet.

  • Johanna (Swedish Amazon)

    I hope this movie will include Ant-Man and Wasp as well as some of the following villains:

    Baron Zemo, Collector, Count Nefaria, Egghead, Grandmaster, Graviton, Grim Reaper, Immortus, Kang, Korvac, Legion of the Unliving, Lethal Legion, Loki, Master Pandemonium, Masters of Evil, Morgan le Fay, Nebula, Space Phantom. Super-Adaptoid, Supreme Intelligence, Squadron Sinister, Taskmaster, Thanos, Ultron, Zodiac.

    • Jacob

      I hear the big bad is going to be the Skrulls.

    • JBD

      Ant-Man and Wasp are two of my favorite avengers. And I think Loki would be a good villain as well.

    • Alan of Montreal

      this is going to be one expensive movie

    • Chantelle Reade

      The Avengers is going to be even more overstuffed and bloated with more major characters and multiple storylines than ‘Spider-Man 3’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ combined.

      Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Nick Fury, Agent Phil Coulson, Maria Hill and soon many more.

      Ant-Man and Wasp might be in this.
      From the teaser trailer it seems that there will be several major villains in the film too and there are many possible supporting characters from each of the individual films of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America who may appear as well.

      If you include too many noticeable characters, then they’re all going be vying for attention from the audience and then none of them would get the screentime or character development they deserve.

  • Dory

    I back this.

  • alex

    love her.. she would make a gorgeous wonderwoman actually

    • trebornedies

      After Joss Whedon parted ways with the Wonder Woman movie project (the studio didn’t like his script), he stated his ideal choice for the role would have been Cobie.

  • Kana

    Noooooooo. Every few months I try watching HIMYM because of all the hype and every time I find her, Hannigan and that one guy SO annoying that I can’t bear to stick around even for the love of Doogie and Segal. I honestly do not understand the affection for her or that show. Is Joss Whedon involved? Because that would explain the undeserved rabid fandom.

    • DGH

      So because you don’t like HIMYM its popularity is underserved you sound like a pompus a$$!

      • Stacy

        People on the Internet are confused by difference of opinion.

    • Imane

      well, I’m her fan, but not sure if I want see her in that role.First, this mean her delayed work on Seeker, and snceod, as fan of her act, I wanna see her in some different roles.And, what about what BR wants? Has there been any confirmation by her to show any interest in this role? As her fan, I’ll probably watch any film by her, well, almost any

  • Kiki

    I think she’d be great! She has great chemistry (not always sexual, just good on-screen chemistry) with the male actors on HIMYM, so we know she can hold her own with a mostly male cast. I’ve never seen her in anything serious, but I have faith she can do it.

    • jme

      Great observation and no doubt having that experience of working with a mostly male cast will help on holding her own in the movie!

    • Shannon

      good point!

    • Fabrice

      that she would love to play Wonder Woman. And in my opinion, she is far more bueitaful then most of the actress who are out there. Bridget included. But at the rate Warner’s is going we will never see a Wonder Woman movie anytime soon. Your petition is a good idea, but I dout anyone is paying any attention. The best way to go is TV. It worked over 30 years ago, why not now? Oh’ cast Nadia, she is a Wonder Woman.

  • cheese

    What happened to Scarlett Johansson’s character from Iron Man 2? Wasn’t she brought in by Samuel L Jackson’s character. Why can’t she be his sidekick?

    • avenger

      Ummm…because she was terrible in that movie

      • cheese

        true…but some continuity would be nice.

      • iggy

        Well she barely had any good screen time in Ironman 2,she was there as eyecandy and little else.Ironman2 suffered from having to many characters in one movie,just like spiderman 3.Hopefully the Avengers will be able to escape this fate.

  • Skyrocket

    Hard to imagine her as ball-buster Maria Hill. I always see her as Robin Sparkles!

  • redvector

    Johansson’s character will be in the movie. Most likely as a partner to Renner’s Hawkeye. Her character(the Black Widow) has been an on again off again member of the Avengers for years.

  • dancerindc

    It would be great to have a super-heroine cast, but I’m thrilled for any chance to get Smulders more exposure. She is I think too often the unsung genius of HIMYM.

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