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Maria Hill (b. 4 Apr 1982) is the former Assistant Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Not much is known about Maria's personality. What has been seen thus far however is a hardworking, detail-oriented and highly professional agent, who seems to be very "by the book". As any good agent, she will of course follow the orders that are issued by Director Nick Fury, but she is more than willing to openly question his decision if she deems them too unconventional or risky. She is shown to have concerned feelings in particular with regard to Phil Coulson since his return to duty, following his apparent death at the hands of Loki.
She was present at the Project Pegasus research facility when power spikes from the Tesseract, deep within the facility, prompted an evacuation, but became puzzled by Agent Barton emerging from the site with a stranger she didn't know. Radioed warnings to stop Barton had her diving for cover when he overheard and opened fire. This prompted a firefight and a chase, but she proved unable to stop Barton from making his escape.
Following the Project Pegasus incident, Hill took up her post on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, carrying out executive officer duties on the bridge. It was here that she was thrown into combat once again when Agent Barton, under hypnotic control, lead a daring commando assault on the carrier. She narrowly escaped serious injury when a live grenade detonating near her heralded the attackers reaching the bridge, and opened fire on the attackers in reply. After surviving the bridge attack, Hill proceeded to help coordinate further operations on the carrier, but there was little more that she could do with a crippled ship.
After Coulson was captured by Centipede, she is mentioned as calling Agent Hand to get regular updates about the rescue mission. Presumably, given that Director Fury has been identified as Level Ten, his Assistant Director must be at least Level Nine security clearance. Hand designates her "Commander Hill".
As of "Nothing Personal", she appears to be on a nickname/first name basis with "Pepper" Potts.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearances:
- "The Magical Place" (mentioned)
- "The Only Light in the Darkness" (mentioned)
- "Nothing Personal"
- "The Dirty Half Dozen
- Her S.H.I.E.L.D. profile as shown in the Pilot episode lists her birthday as April (mistakenly abbreviated to ARP) 4, 1982, and her current ID badge serial number as A 946430; the card was issued on February 25, 2010, and expires on February 25, 2016.
- It has been announced that she will make a reappearance in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, working at Stark Industries with Tony Stark due to the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D.. She is seen in the final montage of Winter Soldier working at S.I..
- She did not care for Stark the first time they meet in The Avengers.
Ward: Something turns up like this Chitauri neural link... we get to it before someone bad does.
Maria: Any idea who Vanchat was planning to sell it to?
Ward: I'm more interested in how this Rising Tide group found out about it. I thought they were just hackers. What changed?
Maria: Everything's changing. A little while ago, most people went to bed thinking that the craziest thing in the world was a billionaire in a flying metal suit. Then aliens invade New York then were beaten back by, among others, a giant green monster, a costumed hero from the 40's, and a god.
Ward: I don't think Thor's technically a god.
Maria: Well, you haven't been near his arms.
Grant: Director Fury faked your death - to motivate the Avengers.
Maria: Well, the death of a common ally is a particularly effective team builder.
Coulson: Plus, it wasn't much of a stretch. I stopped breathing for about 40 seconds.
Maria: Eight. It gets longer every time you tell it.
Coulson: Yeah, well, you get shanked by the Asgardian Mussolini, you can tell it your way. I was looking at the big white light, and it felt a lot longer than eight seconds.
Grant: Do they know? The Avengers - that Fury played them?
Maria: They're not Level Seven.
Coulson: Agent Hill did a very detailed assessment of your last three missions. Combat, top grades. Espionage, she gave you the highest marks since Romanoff. Under people skills she drew a... I think it's a little poop, with knives sticking out of it.
Coulson: That's bad right?
Maria: [after Ward leaves] It was a porcupine. It was not a poop. It just means he...
Coulson: No, I'm pretty sure...
[Looks at the book]