Cobie Smulders of Secret Invasion talks the additional dimensions of her long-running character that will be explored in the upcoming season. Smulders has played Maria Hill in some of Marvel’s most high-profile projects to date. She has appeared in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the animated anthology What If…?
Given her vast list of credits, Maria may appear to be one of the most well-defined characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, in most of her appearances, some of which are brief cameos, the former S.H.I.E.L.D. deputy director serves as a foil to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Smulders will reprise her role as Maria Hill in the Disney+ series Secret Invasion, which is about an army of shape-shifting aliens infiltrating Earth, and she promises a closer look at her MCU vet.
Smulders discusses her Secret Invasion arc in an interview with TVLine. The actor would not say how much she will appear in the highly anticipated thriller, which is set to premiere in 2023, but she does discuss how the six-episode show allowed her to show more depth to the character she’s been playing for years, and she indicates that some of Maria’s backstory would be explored. Take a look at Smulders’ comments below:
“It’s the most depth I’ve been able to show of Maria Hill. That’s the beauty of these series that Marvel is doing, you’re able to really get backstory of these characters. What are the conversations that happen when they’re just sitting around drinking coffee? It’s not like, ‘We’ve gotta get the bad guys! We’ve gotta get the thing! We’ve gotta save the world again!’ It’s like, ‘Let’s just have a chat, let’s go for a walk.’ We get to see those kinds of moments and be a bit more intimate with the characters.”
The Secret Invasion Could Continue A Fantastic Disney+ Trend
Taking Smulders’ comments into consideration, it’s probable that Secret Invasion will continue what these Disney+ series have helped the MCU achieve. At their best, as with WandaVision, Loki, and Ms. Marvel, they’ve served to offer shading and let excellent actors to explore the intricacies of their characters in ways that a two-hour film would not have permitted. Smulders is a deserving candidate. She’s one of the franchise’s many recognizable performers who has been brought in to fill in a secondary capacity, but given Maria Hill’s comic book past, the MCU creatives have a lot more to draw from. There’s Maria’s turbulent and terrible family life, for example, which would supply excellent fodder.
In the same line, the Disney+ shows don’t always live up to what the actors say in press interviews. With only six episodes to go and various other characters to play, Maria should at least have a standout episode or some key scenes that pay off in the end. It’s one of the advantages of making a television series rather than a movie with multiple sections. Secret Invasion should avoid the latter option if it is to be truly fulfilling.