Cobie Smulders Set For “Avengers”

“How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders has emerged as the front runner for the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill in the Joss Whedon-directed “The Avengers” reports Deadline.

The role is that of the unidentified female sidekick of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) which Jackson himself mentioned in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon. A deal is expected shortly and will include options for appearances in future superhero films.

In the comics, Hill was the ruthless interim executive director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and was not above blackmailing and bullying superheros to get her way. She was eventually supplanted by Tony Stark.