Maria Hill

mariahillfilmYesterday night the new tv series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered, an expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will follow the missions of a S.H.I.E.L.D. team (led by the revived Agent Coulson) committed in the containment of superpowered individuals…promising the introduction of more than a character from the comics. In the Pilot episode, we met again one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s directors, Maria Hill, portrayed by  Cobie Smulders. She debuted on the big screen in The Avengers, while facing the chrisis started by Loki‘s schemes and trying to contain her direct superior, Nick Fury. She’s set to return in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but her role in the movie is not yet specified. We can assume she’ll enlist Captain America into S.H.I.E.L.D., following him in his first steps in a brand new world. Waiting for the second Cap movie, let’s see who Director Hill is in the comics.

Well, we cannot say that Maria Hill had a happy and “normal” childhood. She was born in ChicagoIllinois, on the coldest day of winter (the temperature dropped under 40 degrees below 0, that year). The difficult weather conditions made her birth quite a difficult one, and her mother died after the delivery. Maria’s father, who was deeply in love with his wife, instead of welcoming the girl as the last living memory of his beloved, regarded her as his wife’s killer, and never forgave her for “murdering” her own mother. Maria grew up in quite a hostile environment, feeling every year more than the previous one her father’s disdain towards her. She tried her best to gain her parent’s love, and she always turned out to be the best in what she did: the best student, the best athlete, the best-polished girl in town, but she always failed in her attempts. As a teenager, she surrendered to the idea she would have never been loved by her father, and she slowly became a cold-hearted woman, mariahillcomics1surely well-prepared and professional, skilled and reliable, but with little or no compassion at all. She joined the Army, and she served for a while in Madripoor, quite a difficult territory, an Asian principality which had been ruled for a while by the war criminal known as Viper. Her services in the East gained her the attentions of her superiors, and she continued her career joining S.H.I.E.L.D., under the directorate of the living legend Nick Fury. Used to do everything by the book and extremely law-abiding, Hill became a fierce opposer to Fury’s way of directing S.H.I.E.L.D., and the two of them often clashed over the most delicate positions the organization embraced. Eventually, Fury lost his credit among S.H.I.E.L.D. and the superhero community when he organized a preventive attack in Latveria with a small group of superpowered agents, and then erased their memories of what had happened perfectly knowing it was against any international treaty (the so-called Secret War). When Latveria retaliated, almost killing Luke Cage in the process, Fury abandoned his position as S.H.I.E.L.D. director and disappeared without leaving a trace. The position as leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. was now vacant, and some leaders of UNO nations had a crystal clear view on who would have been a more than perfect replacement.

Maria Hill was appointed as Executive Director, seen by the powerful people that elected her as someone who would have cut the support S.H.I.E.L.D. had previously given to the superhero comunity, and who would have been more loyal to the United States than to UNO. Hill was this, and more. As a first act as Director, she tried to prevent the Avengers to reform after the team’s disbandment following Scarlet Witch‘s madness. Her plan failed the moment a chrisis in the Savage Land forced Captain America to form a whole-new formation of the heroes, but she kept monitoring the Avengers, trying to contain them in any way she could. Despite following the US President’s order regarding the mariahillcomics2superhuman community, Hill proved to have a conscience on her own when she refused to nuke an island the Avengers were operating on, thus gaining Iron Man‘s respect, if not trust (the two of them would have later become even lovers). When the US Government, following the destruction of Stamford‘s elementary school during a fight between the New Warriors and the villain Nitro, approved the Superhuman Registration Act (a law that forced every superhuman being to register their secret identities and become official governative agents), Hill was entrusted with the application of the new law. She summoned Captain America, and ordered him to lead the Avengers against any rogue hero or villain refusing to register; when Cap refused, she tried to have him arrested, only to see him vanquishing a S.H.I.E.L.D. elite squad and running away, becoming the leader of the Secret Avengers. During the following Civil War, Director Hill was among the fiercest and most effective supporters of the official Avengers led by Iron Man: she blackmailed Wonder Man forcing him to support the Act, and released the deadly Thunderbolts (in the formation led by Songbird) after the rogue hero Spider-Man. The events of Civil War, anyway, tried Maria more than she expected, and she resigned from her position, suggesting that Tony Stark took her place, something the President allowed. From that point, Hill was appointed Acting Deputy Director, keeping an eye on every new Director from Stark on.

Maria Hill is an incredibly cold woman, calculating and almost uncapable of empathy. Gifted with an incredibly strong personality, Hill has always managed to be obeyed and respected, despite never been loved. As a S.H.I.E.L.D. officer and operative, she’s received a hard training that makes her a proficient armed and unarmed combatant, expert of many forms of martial arts and of any kind of fire weapon. A good tactician, experienced in espionage and a real master in dealing with the high spheres, Maria Hill is one of the strongest pillars of S.H.I.E.L.D., an agent who will always be faithful to her assignment.



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