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Cobie Smulders - who you may know from the CBS comedy 'How I Met Your Mother' - is currently in final negotiations with Marvel Studios for a role in the upcoming 'Avengers' film as part of an estimated 9-picture deal. Beating out a handful of other actresses for the part, Smulders will likely play Maria Hill, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury's second-in-command.
The deal marks Smulder's first major film role, as well as the first film appearance of the character. Maria Hill - for those of us in the "non-funnybook" set - is a major character in the Marvel Universe, eventually taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. from Nick Fury, attempting to arrest Captain America during the infamous 'Civil War' crossover event, and even hooking up with Tony Stark (but seriously... who in the Marvel Universe hasn't slept with Tony Stark at this point?).
With the deal, it's assumed that in addition to being in all three Avengers films, she will also play smaller roles in the upcoming Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor sequels. Directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Disney and Marvel Films, 'The Avengers' is set to be released May 4th, 2012 and will star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johannsson, and Samuel L. Jackson.