Fall TV Preview

It's Official: Cobie Smulders Joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- Plus: Spoilery Intel From the Pilot!

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast Cobie SmuldersAgent Maria Hill will, indeed, report for duty: How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders is set to reprise her Avengers film role in the movie’s ABC spin-off, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

TVLine has confirmed that the actress will appear in the pilot and other episodes of the much-anticipated ABC drama, which is based on the 2012 action blockbuster.

RELATED | Joss Whedon Casts Angel Alum in S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot 

Exactly how often Agent Hill — who played right-hand-woman to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the flick — will be seen on the show remains up in the air. That’s mainly because of her existing role on (rival network) CBS’ HIMYM. But that comedy is coming to an end after this season; if movie director/series boss Joss Whedon can bring Agent Coulson back from the dead (or at least make it seem that way), who knows what else he can make happen?

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuts Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c.

To top off that exciting news, those in attendances at the show’s Friday Comic-Con panel were treated to a viewing of the entire pilot. Since we’d hate to ruin the series’ enormously exciting, lavish first episode for you – and risk the wrath of Marvel’s Hulk – we present the highlights:

BEST RETURN | Hill’s comeback provides some of the funniest moments – her response when told Thor isn’t really a God: “You haven’t been near his arms” – and the most intriguing scenes with Clark Gregg’s revived Coulson. Let’s just say, there are a lot of secrets.

BIGGEST BREAKOUTS | Chloe Bennet as quirky, clever superhero-tracker Skye and Brett Dalton as brooding alpha-male agent Grant – “This is my first big [role],” the actor marveled – seem poised to be geek-household names this fall – and they’ve earned the honors: Bennet auditioned six times for the role!

BEST TECH | The Seven Dwarfs, which aren’t a crossover with ABC’s Once Upon a Time but rather flying gizmos programmed to collect data.

BEST ENEMY | In true Whedon fashion, a Big Bad is revealed.

BEST SURPRISE | Someone Comic-Con fans know very well makes an unexpected cameo.

BIGGEST BUTT-KICKER | While Dalton has a very cool fight sequence — hilariously punctuated by a French woman’s nonchalant expression — in France, Ming-Na is definitely most impressive.

… AND THE BEST PART | There’s more to come! “Wait until you see Episode 2,” teased Gregg. Added Joss Whedon: “I have been to a Con before. But it’s very different every time. I have that feeling that I have no had for a long time where I have assembled this extraordinary ensemble… I’m a little excited.” As for what the future holds, Whedon would only say, “We’re going to have pain. We may see some people. And we may see some new people from the Marvel universe that are not yet cinematic.”

Avengers fans, are you pleased about Smulder’s casting? What about the details from the pilot? Sound off in the comments!


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  1. CBWBDK1 says:

    Great news!

  2. This is so exciting! I hope this show lives up to expectations!

  3. Steve says:

    She is only making occasional appearances.

    Another misleading headline from Ausiello. What a surprise.

  4. April says:

    Woohoo! Please post more info as soon as you have it!

  5. Love her. If this show really takes off, she’s bound to get herself an Emmy.

  6. MDS says:

    So obvious yet so amazing!

  7. a says:

    SHIELD better not be as boring as Avengers. I’ll give the pilot a look but seeing as how I’m one of like six people in the world who thought The Avengers was the most boring superhero film ever (I’m even including Superman Returns, boys), I doubt I’ll keep up. Whedon’s been a personal disappoint for me lately.

    • Drew says:

      I don’t know if “boring” is how I would phrase it, but it was a horrible movie. Badly written. Badly directed. It took a solid cast and made them look stupid.

      Honestly, I can’t say that Whedon has impressed me since Firefly was on the air. Everything since has been weak (comics, TV and movies)

      • Feedback says:

        I agree on how boring the Avengers was, but Dr. Horrible is great. You gotta give credit where credit is due.

        • DrewK says:

          Didn’t like Dr. Horrible. Didn’t like Cabin in the Woods either. I was a huge Joss fan back in the day, but he has gone downhill.

    • dude says:

      I wouldn’t say boring but overhyped? Extremely. I LIKED it but it was hardly one of the best superhero movies, it was just one of the biggest. I never feel like I have to watch it again and I’ve watched movies like X-Men, Spider-Man 2 and all of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies several times.

      • obvious trolls says:

        Even that Bane-sized turd he finished the trilogy with?

        I don’t know anyone who expects to be taken seriously thought the Avengers was an Oscar caliber masterpiece but then the genius a few posts up who thinks this series “better not” be like the movie because he and “like six people in the world” didn’t like it is just being a lazy troll or thinks the world revolves around him.

      • Marco says:

        Even the capital BORING boring as hell BB?

    • liz says:

      I thought The Avengers was the best superhero film I’ve seen in a long time. Technically excellent with the acting, writing and directing. It was funny, exciting, heartbreaking and super Whedony. And what Whedon did with Black Widow was everything I wanted. Loved it completely.

    • TV Gord says:

      This thread is a prime example of how people who comment on the blogs are so out of touch with the mainstream audience. People are always stunned when the favorites of the blog-denizens are frequently overlooked by the Emmys. This is why. We’re a loud but vocal minority, and most people can’t deal with that, spitting into the wind. The Avengers film was wildly popular, so it must be bad, right? There’s been a certain amoung ot backlash against The Big Bang Theory for this same reason. We can be our own worst enemy.

  8. azerty says:

    Obviously recurring this year, hopefully regular next year if Shield passes season 1. I wonder if she will be as cynical about the Avengers as she was in the deleted beginning of the movie. Anyway great news.

    • Alan says:

      considering that is pretty much the defining trait of maria hill in the comics i would be surprised if she didnt have that characterisation

  9. wordsmith says:

    You can hear her voice in the trailer they released, so not a complete surprise.
    Interested to see how much they’ll use her – Hill’s an HQ-type, and this team looks like they’ll be a small independent unit.

    • Roger says:

      I still haven’t seen the avengers but I plan to now cause I wanna watch this show! I knew I heard Cobie Smulders in the trailer too! I rewatched it like five times to try and confirm It but I thought my mind was playing tricks on me.

    • Alan says:

      ive been working on the theory that during season 1 the team will make a name for themselves within the organisation and that they will begin to be trusted more by the higher ups as they go on leading to more involvement from HQ-types by season 2.

  10. Joey says:

    Great news! I can’t wait to see her in the pilot episode in September.

  11. Kristina says:

    I’m probably the only person in the world that wishes they’d just recast her instead. Didn’t care for her in the role, but I’m glad for her fans and hopefully she’ll be a good addition to the series.

  12. Andy says:

    This is happy news, but I’m not at all surprised. I am really looking forward to S.H.I.E.L.D.

  13. Quinn Mallory says:

    Hardly a surprise but great news nonetheless.

  14. Dj says:

    Not a big surprise. If this makes it to season 2 I bet she will be a featured cast member.

  15. daniel says:


  16. ggny says:

    She will be a regular next year. We all knew it was gonna happen

  17. Alan says:

    considering she already said that her contract with how i met your mother wouldnt stop her from doing this im not surprised, it is appreciated though since she is pretty awesome and i love maria hill.

  18. Rachel says:

    YES! And then when HIMYM ends…

  19. BrianR says:

    Yay get Coby off that stupid show and on full time

  20. kavyn says:

    Out of curiosity, do I need to have seen the movie to understand what’s going on in the show?

    • Alia says:

      Probably not, but it couldn’t hurt. It’s a really enjoyable movie, and you’ve got a little while to catch up.

  21. Alia says:

    Hooray!!! Welcome aboard, Cobie! Feel free to stick around.

  22. I cannot wait to see this! So glad she is on board ;)

  23. liz says:

    Awesome! Great addition and really looking forward to a heavier presence from her in season 2.

  24. jj says:

    I never believed that Agent Coulson was dead in the Avengers. I always thought it was just another ploy from Fury. (No doubt Coulson was badly injured though.) I will be happy to see Agent Hill in S.H.I.E.L.D. in a more permanent bases once HIMYM series is completed.

  25. Lilu says:

    best news ever! maria was my fav agents!! she’s such a badass!!!!

  26. Ed says:

    Looking forward to this more and more! I hope it does what The Avengers did so well…develop the characters! Let’s be honest Avengers isn’t perfect-but it isn’t a bad movie with a good pay-off, it is a great movie with some flaws. I got the movie when the discs came out-and I watched it repeatedly because of the interactions…not ‘THE STORY’. By contrast, I haven’t watched TDK nearly as often. TDK feels more heavy, self-indulgent even though it has (probably) MORE brilliant acting performances.

  27. t86 says:

    Really great news!

  28. N tTVf says:

    Congratulations to Cobie – great news. She’s going to have a very busy year, but well worth the extra effort – this is her time to shine. Looking forward to HIMYM’s final great season, and to SHIELD beginning.

    All the best to her.

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