Avengers: Age of Ultron is poised to bring the fractured Marvel cinematic universe together again next summer. That includes the likes of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America plus several new characters like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Among all those heroes, though, are even more characters making up the larger MCU picture, such as former S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent-turned-Stark Industries employee Maria Hill as played by Cobie Smulders.
“There’s so many pieces to this giant puzzle, and I’m happy that Maria Hill is one of them,” Smulders told EW. “She’s working for Tony Stark, yes, but they shot so many locations all over the world and this team is out doing all sorts of things. So I like to think that Maria is at headquarters, trying to keep everything running as smoothly as possible. And working for Tony Stark is a whole other ballgame. She doesn’t have S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel to back her up at her disposal, so it’s an entirely different vibe for her.”
Smulders goes on to tease Hill’s role in the film, which she’s excited is present along with the other women of the MCU.
“I see Maria as having a more of a female presence in this world, and it’s really exciting to have Scarlet Witch [Elizabeth Olsen] come in, and to see the Black Widow [Scarlett Johansson] have these amazing moments, and see more women on film with all these dudes. It’s great.”
Speaking of pieces, the first image of the Avengers: Age of Ultron LEGO sets have debuted online (via CBM) and seemingly reveal some details about key moments from the film. Though we’d normally be suspicious of movie tie-in toys revealing anything at all, the sets in the image below do correspond to sequences seen in the initial trailer and set photos we’ve seen. Check it out below and sound off with your thoughts in the comments.
Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, Paul Bettany and Stellan Skarsgard. The Joss Whedon-directed film will debut in theaters on May 1, 2015.