CORRECTION: The original version of this article claimed that Dr. List was last seen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” That was actually his first appearance. He last appeared in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2, episode 11.
Marvel always connects separate projects, so it isn’t surprising that “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will be connected to “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Though the movie isn’t out yet, one crossover was already revealed to fans. Cobie Smulders confirmed that she’ll be back as Agent Maria Hill in Season 2.
The actress confirmed the news on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday night. When Kimmel asked Smulders if she would appear on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” even though Hill is no longer an agent, the “How I Met Your Mother” star said she was scheduled to return. “There is one coming up,” she said.
While this doesn’t tell fans how the plots of the two projects will be connected, Smulders said that she will help bring the titles together. “I pop in every now and again to link the two worlds — the two worlds being the movies and the TV show — together,” Smulders explained.
Watch her appearance below:
Fans have been expecting a crossover with “Avengers 2.” Executive producer Jed Whedon said in January that something would connect the ABC show to the Marvel film. “You should expect something,” Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. “‘The Avengers’ is the big tent that all the franchises play under. Obviously, we’re included in that.”
Smulders’ appearance will likely mirror her guest spot at the end of Season 1. The last time “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” visited Agent Hill was after “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” She helped the team deal with the fallout of Hydra’s infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. and explained that she was working for Stark Industries now.
Hill won’t be the only character going from the big screen to “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Henry Goodman will appear in episode 19 as Dr. List, according to a press release. The episode will be the last one to air before "Age of Ultron" is released on May 1. Fans first saw the doctor in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in the end credits scene that revealed Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) for the first time. List’s appearance might cause a problem that only Hill can help solve.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC. Are you excited Maria Hill is returning or would you rather see different “Avengers” stars on the TV show? Sound off in the comments section below!