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During a Q&A with Vulture devoted to How I Met Your Mother, the subject momentarily turns to The Avengers, with Smulders asked, “You’re not a superhero in the movie, but you do have sick costumes?”
Her answer? “I do. They’re very sleek, and very leather. And she has superpowers and is hyperintelligent; a very nice, fine woman who has all the answers.”
Comics fans will, of course, pause on “she has superpowers,” as the Maria Hill of the Marvel Universe is a capable leader and tactician, and a skilled combatant and marksman, but possesses no superhuman abilities. Perhaps Whedon is merely tinkering with the character — even borrowing from Carol Danvers’ background, creating his own Ms. Marvel? — to lay the groundwork for a larger presence in the sequel.
Or maybe there’s actually something to that IMDb entry from August that listed Smulders as playing both Maria Hill and Princess Anelle, heir to the Skrull Empire introduced way back in Fantastic Four #37. So if the shape-shifting Skrulls are the “unexpected enemy” that emerges in The Avengers to threaten the planet — and it looks like they are — then it seems likely that Smulders’ Maria Hill is a double agent who’s infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. Whether she’s done so to aid the invasion or stop it is a question for another day.
30-minute live tweeting event with director and cast of upcoming Marvel movie...
Marvel Studios announced today that they will be sponsoring a Global Twitter Chat on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11 a.m. (PST) with cast members and the director of their upcoming action-adventure Marvel's The Avengers, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012. The 30-minute live tweeting event features writer/director Joss Whedon and cast members Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg.
Fans around the world will be able to participate in the Q&A on Twitter by using the @Avengers handle and the #Avengers hashtag. Participating fans will have the opportunity to see a 10-second tease of the 30-second Super Bowl spot that will air during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5 on NBC. They will also have a chance to answer Avengers trivia for a chance to win Avengers prize packs.
International fans will be able to submit questions for the talent in their native language through a global translation tool provided by Ortsbo.com. The chat will be moderated by Marvel's @Agent_M.