Image Credit: Cobie Smulders: CBS; Maria Hill: ©Marvel Comics On Thursday, Samuel L. Jackson set the Internet atwitter when he casually revealed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that he would get a female sidekick in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers film. And though we tapped into our comic book minds and guessed the mysterious sidekick could be Sharon Carter, the Wasp, or the Contessa, it looks like we may have to admit defeat: EW has confirmed that How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders is the frontrunner to appear in the film… as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Maria Hill.

Of course, this news is just a tad disappointing — though many fans spent the better part of the week on the edge of their seats, waiting to find out whether or not Smulders (or the other actresses rumored to join the cast) would play the Wasp, it’s a bit of a let-down to discover the role in question is Hill. That’s not to say, however, that Whedon won’t go in an interesting direction with the character: There’s a good chance she could be painted as an antagonistic presence, since after taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. from Nick Fury, Hill opposed the formation of the Avengers. But there’s at least one thing we can expect: Plenty of personality from the bad-ass Hill.

Which is why Smulders would be perfect — it’s about time she’s given a chance to bring her big personality to the big screen in a big-budget flick. (Why should Jason Segel have all the fun?) And she’s exactly the kind of actress who will work well with Whedon, a director who loves hot, smart, butt-kicking women: Not only is Smulders a babe who would no doubt look bangin’ in spandex, but the actress also boasts comedic skills that would fit well alongside the likes of Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. (And that’s the sexiest thing of all.) Also, alongside such a male-heavy cast, isn’t it nice to see another female fighter, regardless of whether she’s fighting for good or not-so-good?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you excited about the possibility of Smulders on the big screen? And what can we expect from Maria Hill?

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