TV: Cobie Smulders to join ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuts Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC


We’ll be seeing more of Agent Maria Hill soon.

How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders will reprise her Avengers film role in the new ABC spinoff Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It is confirmed that Smulders will appear in the pilot and other episodes.

SHIELD follows Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) — how he comes back from his death in the Avengers film is still a mystery — assembling a small, highly select group of agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange and the unknown across the globe. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist; and new recruit Skye (Chloe Bennet), a computer hacker.

For now it is unclear as to how Agent Hill will appear on the show. The issue comes from Smulders’ long-existing role on rival network CBS’ HIMYM. But with that show coming to a close after this season, can we expect her in more episodes if SHIELD is a success?

Talk about Smulders luck if she goes from one hit show directly to another.

marvels_agents_of_shield_640_large_verge_medium_landscapeFor an even bigger nerd-gasm, TV Line reported highlights from what they called an “enormously exciting, lavish first episode,” which was featured at Comic-Con.

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 not had for a long time where I have assembled this extraordinary ensemble… I’m a little excited.’”


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