'How I Met Your Mother's' Cobie Smulders to join 'The Avengers'?
February 7th, 2011
05:54 PM ET

'How I Met Your Mother's' Cobie Smulders to join 'The Avengers'?

"How I Met Your Mother" star Cobie Smulders is getting ready to kick some serious bad-guy butt. The actress is reportedly the front-runner for a role as Samuel L. Jackson's sidekick in Joss Whedon's upcoming superhero ensemble "The Avengers."

Last week, Jackson revealed to talk-show host Jimmy Fallon that his character, Nick Fury, would be getting a female partner. Now Deadline.com reports that Smulders has auditioned and is the favorite to play Maria Hill, the ruthless executive director of the planetary defense/intelligence service S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hill, according to Deadline, is "not above blackmailing and bullying superheroes to get her way."

Smulders — who is said to have beat out fellow candidates Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas and Mary Elizabeth Winstead — is clearly a favorite of Whedon: She was one of his top picks to play Wonder Woman in a film he was planning about the Amazing Amazon a few years ago.

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  1. whiteglossy

    YAYYYYY... Cobie is AWESOME (and hot) and now everybody will know! Mad props to the hottest Canuk on HIMYM – http://wp.me/p106i6-2my

    February 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. YOUBRO

    Wonder Woman hmmmmmmm. I wonder what her insides look like.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. samzrih

    I cant wait to see her lying on my bed nakedly....lol

    February 8, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Det.Drill

    BOING!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. D

    She's pretty though...lol

    February 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. OLE CROW

    Who cares,no talent hack.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Sometimes you're just minding your own business as something wonderful happens, like this.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jennifer

    Not seeing her in anything but HIMYM, it'll be nice to see Ms.Smulders in a serious toned role. Good for you, Cobie!

    February 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |

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