Characters You Should Know Better: Maria Hill

Written on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 by Kyle posted by kyle

Seen most recently in ‘Invincible Iron Man’ and in ‘The Avenger’ Maria Hill was the short lived head of S.H.I.E.L.D. between Nick Fury’s Secret War and when Tony Stark took over after the Civil War. Since then we’ve seen her forced to get Tony Stark’s coffee and lead S.H.I.E.L.D.’s defenses during the Secret Invasion before Norman Osborn stepped in to take credit.

Most importantly she’s a Chicagoan. So get a 312 and a hot dog with no ketchup, and prepare to let Maria Hill into your life.

First stepping on the scene after Nick Fury went underground her appearances were mainly in the recently formed New Avengers where she generally spent time trying to stare down Captain America and his team from doing so much international heroing until Civil War when she took the role of leading the normal human troops against the anti-registration heroes. Since then she’s been most prominent in ‘Invincible Iron Man’ especially the Worlds Most Wanted story arc that follows paths for Maria, Tony Stark, and Pepper Pots. And yes, she does at one point have sex with Iron Man before going off on a mission likely to kill her.

Since then and the end of the Dark Reign she has acted as has Steve Rogers eyes and ears on the Avengers team while he runs S.H.I.E.L.D.’s everyday operations. With being a part of the bigger team book her page time has been low but when she does appear its been written primarily by Brian Michael Bendis and Matt Fraction, two people who have headed some of the past few years biggest Marvel events.

Recently she’s had ever growing popularity with her character appearing on Marvel’s ‘Super Hero Squad’ show and Colbie Smulders signed to play her in the Avengers movie along with more movies to be determined later.

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