Secret Invasion Star Unpacks Their 'Emotional, Scary' Death Scene

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cobie Smulders, who has portrayed Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since her debut in 2012's The Avengers, opened up about the emotional and daunting experience of saying goodbye to her character in Marvel's Secret Invasion.

The first episode of Secret Invasion concluded with a major twist, as the long-standing MCU character Maria Hill met her demise. Reflecting on the scene, Smulders described the experience as "emotional" and "scary" for her as an actor.

Filming the sequence proved to be a unique process for Smulders. "I was lucky enough that we were in this one location over the course of a couple of days shooting the entire sequence, so we got everything, the explosions, the running, the chasing, the Skrulls morphing, and all of that already," she shared with Entertainment Weekly. "It was one of the last things that I did."

Expressing gratitude for her time in the MCU and working with Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays Nick Fury, Smulders said, "I really loved my time working with Sam, I really enjoyed every moment that I have been able to play Maria, so I was sad, but I'm also just very grateful." She reflected on her initial audition for the role, admitting, "When I signed on to do this 10 years ago, I didn't even think I got it after the audition... So it's just really been an embarrassment of riches to be able to do all these jobs, and to go from film to TV to animated form. It's really been a magical journey. It was sort of a sad way to go, but I'm grateful for the time that I have had."

Maria Hill's MCU Timeline

After making her debut in The Avengers, Smulders went on to reprise her role as Hill in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She also made guest appearances on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for three episodes and had a role in the animated series What If...?

Regarding her future in the MCU, Smulders prefers to keep things under wraps, stating that she is not the one making those decisions. However, she has confirmed her continued involvement as Hill in Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. "I'm currently working on the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur animated show — I actually recorded some episodes today," she revealed. "I don't have any details on when or how Hill will return to me, but I'm always eager to receive the call." (The exact place of Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur within the MCU remains uncertain.)

Source: EW

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