Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Cobie Smulders to Return as Maria Hill, Series Regular Next Season?

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Our never-ending coverage of Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' not withstanding, one unanimously agreed upon aspect of last night's pilot episode debut proved undoubtedly to be 'How I Met Your Mother' star Cobie Smulders' brief return as 'Avengers' character Maria Hill. We'd already known that Smulders' eventual return to be a possibility, but has the actress officially confirmed herself for additional episodes? What about her role on the Marvel series after 'HIMYM''s end?

Take this with a grain of salt mind you, but according to E!, Smulders has already confirmed that Maria Hill will return in a later episode this season. More than that, Smulders supposedly suggested that she might join Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as a regular after 'How I Met Your Mother' wraps its nine-year run this coming May.

Smulders told us she does appear in more than one episode this season, as well as hinted that she could be a series regular in season two after that other show she's on is done.

We'd naturally love to believe that Maria Hill could become a regular presence on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' if only for further synergy with the Marvel movie universe, though we very much doubt if Smulders would return to the TV pool so quickly, given her burgeoning film career. Not only that, but previously Smulders suggested that her own move to New York following 'HIMYM''s end would prove difficult for the California-shot 'Agents,' so consider a guest return far more likely than a season 2 regular addition.

While we await next week’s episode, we’ve got all the latest intel on Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ including in-depth bios of Clark Gregg’s resurrected Phil Coulson Ming-Na’s Melinda May, Brett Dalton’s Grant Ward, Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge as Leo Fitz and Gemma Simmons, and, of course, Chloe Bennet as hacker Skye. Upcoming episodes will also include 'Luck' star Ian Hart as Marvel character Dr. Franklin Hall, and ‘Ghost Whisperer’ star David Conrad as scientist Ian Quinn.

Well, what say you? Would you want to see Maria Hill as a series regular on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' next season, or was Cobie Smulders exaggerating about her ongoing role in the season? Watch the latest trailer for the season below, and tell us what you want to see from future 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' in the comments!

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