During the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, director Joss Whedon confirmed that agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), who made her first appearance in The Avengers, will not only appear in the pilot, but will also be a recurring guest star throughout the series.
Said Joss: ‘I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot because as much as anyone else, she IS SHIELD. She’s cool and commanding, and has the dry humor that plays so well with Clark’s. Also, if she’s in it I get to hang out with Cobie.’
While it might seem like a no-brainer to have have Maria Hill be a part of the series, it’s actually pretty surprising. Cobie Smulders is one of the stars of CBS’s successful sitcom How I Met Your Mother. TV actors often have contracts that prevent them from appearing in competing shows; especially when said shows are on another network, as is ABC’s Agents of SHIELD.