"Iron Man 3" is shooting in North Carolina. This is a fact. "Avengers" star Cobie Smulders will be reprising her role as Maria Hill in "Iron Man 3." This is a rumor. Smulders recently paid a visit to North Carolina. This is a fact, and this is a tweet to prove it.
North Carolina you are beautiful... twitter.com/CobieSmulders/…
— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) June 29, 2012
So, Smulders is in North Carolina, the same state where "Iron Man 3" is shooting. Definitive proof that Hill will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's new go-to S.H.I.E.L.D. representative, starting as soon as the next "Iron Man" film? Hardly, but what was already an interesting rumor is made all the more plausible by this latest development.
Of course, it would make sense to have Maria Hill in an "Iron Man" movie. Hill and Tony Stark have crossed paths on many memorable occasions in the comics, for one thing. For another, Stark in the movies has always found some connection to S.H.I.E.L.D., whether through Coulson or even the big chief himself, Nick Fury. Even though "Iron Man 3" is supposed to separate Tony from the greater Marvel universe, it makes sense for S.H.I.E.L.D. to have some presence in the movie — and outside of Black Widow, Hill gets my vote as the most natural way to continue that relationship.
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