It was expected, but now it’s official. How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders has confirmed that she’s set to link up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once again, returning to the role of Agent Maria Hill for Joss Whedon’s eagerly-anticipated sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“I’m not talking about Avengers anymore… ever,” Smulders told IGN when asked whether she’s read the script for Age of Ultron. “I’ll tell you, I’m excited about it. I know everything there is to know, but I’m not saying anything about it — until literally the movie’s out on DVD. Then I’ll be like, ‘Wasn’t that a great part?’ But I’m very excited. Joss Whedon is the best man on the planet.”
The Avengers sequel will mark Smulders’ fourth appearance as Maria Hill after The Avengers, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Smulders will join fellow Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Don Cheadle (War Machine) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), while newcomers include Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) as Quicksilver, Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) as Baron Strucker and James Spader (The Blacklist) as Ultron.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st, 2015.