New 'Avengers' Photo Introduces Cobie Smulders As Maria Hill

Captain America, Iron Man and Thor… the holy trinity at the core of Earth's Mightiest Heroes are anything but boring. Still, we've seen them before. We've spent hours with them already. When it comes to "The Avengers," for me, I'm far more interested in the heroes we haven't spent extensive amounts of screen time with.

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson's cameo-happy Nick Fury are towards the top of the list of characters I'm dying to see more of, but number one on my most anticipated list is Cobie Smulders as famously frosty S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, one of the new characters about to be introduced in Joss Whedon's superhero epic.

Maria Hill

Perhaps we'll see more of her when the "Avengers" trailer premieres next week, but for now, an official photo of Smulders in character will suffice. Marvel Studios have released the very first look at the "How I Met Your Mother" actress in full Maria Hill regalia, and though it's not much, it's still a sight for sore eyes.

When we spoke with Smulders about her work in "The Avengers" at the D-23 Expo this past summer, the actress told us: "I showed up to the set, like a week before we started shooting, just to meet with Joss and do rehearsals and stuff and I walked on the [S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier] set and it was freakin' huge. It was the size of a soundstage, then you walked up these steps and you were just surrounded by this amazing gorgeous set, which my character is in charge of running. I was like, 'Holy smokes, this is crazy and this is big.'"

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