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"Most of the intelligence community would like to drop me into a dark hole, but even they can't mess with Tony's army of lawyers. So for now, we're privatizing global security."
―Maria Hill[src]

Maria Hill is the former Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and also held the title of "Commander". She enjoyed a well-deserved reputation as tough-minded and by the book. Her clearheaded pragmatism was a valued source of reason during the critical discourse surrounding the Avengers Initiative. After Nick Fury faked his death, she worked with him and was a part of the assault team that took down the Helicarriers from Project Insight.

She joined Stark Industries in the immediate aftermath of the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. to help protect herself from prosecution. However, Hill stayed in touch with Phil Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D., acting as an intermediary between the organization and the Avengers during the War on HYDRA. She temporarily rejoined Nick Fury as his second-in-command on the Helicarrier No. 64 during the Battle of Sokovia to help defeat the genocidal artificial intelligence Ultron. She later moved to the New Avengers Facility to assist the Avengers.

Biography

Early Life

"A lot of us lost respect for Fury when he picked you as his second. If he wanted eye-candy around, he could have at least picked Romanoff."
Grant Ward to Maria Hill[src]

Maria Hill was born on April 4, 1982. Upon reaching to her adulthood, Hill first joined to the United States Armed Forces and later joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and rose through its ranks, at one point working in Madripoor[3] and becoming one of the organization's best agents. By 2012, Hill had already caught the eye of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s director Nick Fury and had been appointed Deputy Director, working closely with Fury.[5]

Agent May's Transfer

Hill approved the transfer of Agent Melinda May from being an active field agent to working in the administration department due to a traumatic incident she had experienced during a Rescue in Bahrain which had killed several active terrorists while May had rescued a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, but had also cost the life of a young girl who had seemingly been caught in the crossfire.[6]

Chitauri Invasion

Loki's Arrival

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Hill and Nick Fury meet with Phil Coulson

"Sir, evacuation may be futile."
"We should tell them to go back to sleep?"
"If we can't control the Tesseract's energy, there may not be a minimum safe distance."
―Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

Hill and Nick Fury took a helicopter and visited the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility where Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. was going underway to monitor the strange amount of energy that the Tesseract was emitting. Once they arrived they were greeted by Phil Coulson who made it clear that they were not aware of the reasons for the sudden surge of energy coming from the Tesseract and noted that Erik Selvig and his team of skilled scientists were still conducting tests to try and regain control of the situation with little success.

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Hill questions Nick Fury's mission plans

Upon hearing that the Tesseract was unstable and a serious risk, Fury ordered her to ensure that the Phase 2 prototypes were shipped out and that they evacuate as many staff members as they could. Hill questioned however that an evacuation could be meaningless as an explosion from the Tesseract could be too massive to escape from, but Fury ignored these concerns and instead told Hill to obey his orders. During their visit, Loki was transported to Earth through the power of the Tesseract. He enthralled several loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents while killing many of the others present.

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Hill witnesses Clint Barton leaving with Loki

With the Tesseract in his possession, Loki used two of his enthralled agents, Clint Barton and Erik Selvig to escape on a S.H.I.E.L.D. truck. Barton walked past Hill with Selvig and Loki, much to her confusion but she at this stage believed that Barton must have some kind of good reason to be transporting an unknown person from the facility. However Hill then got a call on her radio from Nick Fury warning her that Loki had taken control of Barton and stolen the Tesseract, at which point Hill was forced to take cover as Barton began shooting at her. While Hill waited behind a wall for Barton to stop firing, she heard their jeep start up as they made their escape.

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Hill chases down Loki and Clint Barton

Seeing this, Hill fired her weapon at them with little effect, so was forced instead to jump into another jeep and pursued them down the facility. Quickly catching up with them, Hill engage in a firefight in the facility's tunnel system but failed to stop Loki despite her best efforts as she and Barton each fired shots at one another. The portal that Loki had arrived in began to collapse and created a powerful surge of energy created by the Tesseract that collapsed all the area around it, destroying the facility and causing Hill's jeep to crash when it hit a large falling piece of concrete, very nearly killing her.

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Hill hears that Nick Fury is declaring war

Hill became trapped by rubble, but survived. She radioed Nick Fury, informing him of what had happened during the chaos and noting that she was unaware of how many people had survived the explosion as she believed the number would be very low. Hill asked Fury what they should do next, with Phil Coulson also letting them know of his own survival. Fury told Hill and Coulson that this situation was now a Level Seven and that they were now at war. As a result, Fury decided that it was time to call in the Avengers as this was a threat that S.H.I.E.L.D. could not handle alone, much to Hill's skepticism.[5]

Assembling the Avengers

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Hill witnesses the arrival of the Avengers

"When did you become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics?"
"Last night."
―Maria Hill and Tony Stark[src]

After the destruction of the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility, Hill reported back to the Helicarrier and aided in the administration of events, including the hunt for Clint Barton. She was present when Nick Fury brought together the Avengers and Hill was immediately uneasy about the alliance of the heroes, watching closely as Fury spoke with Bruce Banner whom she considered to be a highly serious risk were he ever to transform into the violent Hulk. Before long however, Jasper Sitwell was able to locate Loki in Germany and Fury sent Captain America to apprehend him along with Black Widow on the Quinjet.

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Hill speaks with Tony Stark

Loki was soon apprihended by Rogers and Romanoff with the assistance of Thor, who wished to return his brother to Asgard. When Tony Stark arrived with Phil Coulson and began talking in great detail with Banner about how Erik Selvig could use the Tesseract, Hill questioned when Stark had become such an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics and Stark replied that he had last night as he insisted that he had done the research, before he asked Hill how Fury could check his monitors. Hill did not see Stark planting a device on the Helicarrier's computer to download all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s files.[5]

Attack on the Helicarrier

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Hill witnesses Hawkeye attacking the ship

"Sir, the Hulk will tear this place apart!"
"Get his attention."
―Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

Maria Hill and Phil Coulson watched on a monitor as Fury and the Avengers argued while under the influence of Loki's Scepter. This was interrupted when Clint Barton used an explosive arrow which made the Helicarrier malfunction and start losing altitude. Hill quickly realized that the engine was down and ordered someone to get the engine going again. Tony Stark agreed to repair the engine, with the assistance of Steve Rogers.

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Nick Fury and Maria Hill defend the Helicarrier

As Hill was sent to check on the engines, she witnessed an enemy soldier throwing a grenade into the control room and managed to move out of the way of the explosion. Nick Fury began fighting back the invading forces but was also killed before Hill was able to shoot the man aiming at Fury. Hill and Fury stayed in the control room and ensured that the invading forces did not take control of the Helicarrier while Thor battled the Hulk, at which point Fury sent a jet in an attempt to lure the Hulk off the ship before he destroyed it. Meanwhile Barton was found and attacked by Black Widow.[5]

Losing Phil Coulson

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Hill learns that Phil Coulson has been killed

"Sir, those cards were in Phil Coulson's locker, not his pocket."
"They needed a push in the right direction. They got it."
―Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

In the aftermath of the battle, Hill had her injuries treated while the S.H.I.E.L.D. team checked on the damage done to the Helicarrier. Hill learned that Loki had escaped from the Helicarrier in a Quinjet and Thor had been thrown off the ship and could have been killed, although Clint Barton had been subdued by Black Widow and was recovering from the effects of the mind control. However Hill was also informed that Agent Phil Coulson had been tragically killed when he was stabbed through the heart by Loki's Scepter before he could stop him.

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Hill listens to Nick Fury's speech

Hill was present when Nick Fury gave a speech to Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, explaining his intentions of using the Tesseract to recreate HYDRA weapons, and the reasons for forming the Avengers, which was to build a team to fight the battles that S.H.I.E.L.D. never could win. Fury noted that Agent Coulson had died while still believing that the Avengers could be formed and save the world. However despite his speech, Stark was too upset by the death of Agent Coulson and stormed out of the room, leaving Fury to confess that his plan was maybe too old fashioned as Hill had always believed.

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Hill speaks to Nick Fury

Hill approached Fury a little while later and explained how she knew that Coulson's vintage trading cards that Fury had shown Captain Rogers were not in Coulson's jacket as Fury has claimed, but in his locker, meaning that Fury had been trying to emotionally manipulate the team. Fury defended himself stating that they needed the push to get them ready to fight Loki once again. The lie was eventually successful in causing the Avengers to unite and steal a Quinjet in order to find and attack Loki in New York City where he planned on finally unleashing the full power of the Tesseract.[5]

Battle of New York

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Hill learns Gideon Malick wants to attack

"You put those people together, you can't expect what's going to happen..."
―Maria Hill[src]

Hill monitored the Battle of New York as the Avengers fought against Loki's army of the Chitauri, who had successfully invaded Earth through a portal created by the Tesseract which was being powered by Stark Tower. As the odds against the Avengers appeared to be getting lower, Hill informed Fury that the World Security Council were waiting to speak to him. Hill listened in horror as Gideon Malick attempted to convince Fury that they needed to launch a nuclear strike against the city which would kill millions of innocent men, women and children.

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Hill attempts to stop a jet being launched

As Fury refused to obey Malick's direct order, he had his leadership taken away and Hawley took control of a S.H.I.E.L.D. plane, for the purpose of bombing New York City to stop the Chitauri Invasion and also kill Loki, regardless of the number of innocent lives this would destroy. Despite the best efforts of Hill and Fury, with Hill attempting to hack into the jet while Fury even shot it with a rocket, a second plane took off from the Helicarrier and fired a missile at New York City while Hill could only look on in horror while Fury made a new plan to stop the missile and save millions of innocent lives.

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Hill watches the Battle of New York

Hill watched the monitors as Iron Man successfully flew the missile into the Wormhole and destroyed the Chitauri Command Center, by doing so effectively ending Loki's invasion; although it appeared that Stark had been killed in the mission, he was able to be revived by the Avengers who then took Loki into custody, as he had been beaten into submission by the Hulk and reclaimed the Tesseract, which would be taken back to Asgard despite the requests of the World Security Council as well as Gideon Malick, who wanted to continue studying it's incredible and seemingly unexplainable power.[5]

Aftermath

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Hill discusses the future of the Avengers

"They've gone their separate ways some, pretty extremely far. If we get into a situation like this again what happens then?"
"They’ll come back."
"Are you really sure about that?"
―Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

As the Avengers were departing as a team, with Thor returning to Asgard, Hawkeye and Black Widow working for S.H.I.E.L.D. while Tony Stark, Bruce Banner and Steve Rogers returned to their old lives, Hill spoke to Nick Fury about whether or not the Avengers would stay together now they had stopped the Chitauri Invasion and won the Battle of New York. Fury told her that they would, because the world would need them to. Accepting this answer, Hill walked back to the centre of the Helicarrier and resumed her work.[5]

New Actions

Resurrection of Phil Coulson

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Hill interviewing Agent Grant Ward

"The Battle of New York was the end of the world. This - now - is the new world. People are different. They have access to tech, to formula, secrets they're not ready for. "
―Maria Hill to Grant Ward[src]

Hill was aware that Nick Fury used Project T.A.H.I.T.I. to bring Phil Coulson back to life. She aided Fury in keeping the truth hidden from Coulson.[2] She was also aware of Agent Melinda May's true purpose on the team.[7] Hill interviewed and evaluated Agent Grant Ward after he successfully recovered a Chitauri Neural Link that international criminal Vanchat was housing in Paris. Having previously evaluated Agent Ward, she assigned him to Agent Coulson's newly created team as he was promoted to Clearance Level 7. Hill and Ward discussed the new world in the wake of the Battle of New York, which she described as what had caused the end of the world.

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Maria Hill speaks with agent Phil Coulson

Hill testing Ward on his loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. before informing him of his new assignment, much to Ward's annoyance as he believed himself to be a poor team player, although these complaints were ignored. She also oversaw the team's first mission, to investigate the Rising Tide and the Hooded Hero. During this time, both she and Doctor Streiten talked about their concern over Phil Coulson's status after his recovery in Tahiti following his death at the hands of Loki and also about his lack of awareness over the true circumstances that surrounded his death, with Hill noting that he must never learn the terrible truth about what really happened to him.

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Hill speaks with Doctor Streiten

Agent Coulson later reported directly to her after Mike Peterson was successfully sedated in Los Angeles after a prolonged chase.[2] When Coulson was abducted by the Centipede Project, Hill wanted constant updates on the situation of the rescue mission coordinated by Agent Victoria Hand with the help of Coulson's Team.[4] Maria Hill gave a random psychological assessment to Agent Mark Smith on his day off from working field missions. She found him unfit for assignment and instead sent him to the S.H.I.E.L.D. S.T.A.T.I.O.N.. [8]

HYDRA Uprising

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Nick Fury orders Hill to come to Washington

"This is Hill."
"I need you in D.C. Deep shadow conditions."
"Give me four hours."
"You have three. Over."
―Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

Prior to the launch of the Project Insight Helicarriers, Hill was called by Nick Fury to Washington, D.C. following his discovery of suspicious information about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s intentions for Project Insight. Fury ordered her to come to DC within the next few hours, but did not reveal his reasons for needing her. A few seconds after the phone call ended, Fury was attacked by HYDRA assassins.

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Hill pretends that Nick Fury was killed

Fury escaped from the assassination attempt and regrouped in Steve Rogers' apartment to give him some intel, however he was shot and seemingly killed at the hands of the Winter Soldier. In order to keep Fury alive, Hill used Tetrodotoxin B and took him to a secret location so that he could heal with the assistance of Doctor Fine while they attempted gather whatever information they could about the truth about what was truly going on inside S.H.I.E.L.D..[9]

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Hill is confronted by Agent Jasper Sitwell

She then returned to the Triskelion and met with Jasper Sitwell, telling him that she had been absent from S.H.I.E.L.D. because she had been arranging Fury's funeral. Changing the subject, Sitwell showed Hill the footage of Captain America and Black Widow on the run and questioned her about it. She answered simply that she was not at all surprised as Captain America did tend to inspire loyalty among his allies. Sitwell replied that Alexander Pierce was moving her off the case and that she was to return to New York City after Fury's funeral, as Pierce felt that Hill connections to Rogers and the Avengers put her loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. into question.[10]

Saving Captain America

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Hill saves Rogers, Romanoff and Wilson

"Any attempt on the director’s life had to look successful."
"Can’t kill you if you’re already dead. Besides, I wasn’t sure who to trust."
―Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

Captain America, Black Widow, and the Falcon discovered HYDRA's infiltration of the organization and were captured during a battle with the Winter Soldier. Hill managed to attack a HYDRA guard and take his uniform. She snuck onto the vehicle carrying Rogers, Romanoff, and Wilson and used a Taser Rod to knock out the other guard. She freed them and escaped with the help of a Mouse Hole device before Brock Rumlow to execute all three of them.

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Hill and Sam Wilson listen to Nick Fury

She brought them to Nick Fury's location and got medical assistance from Doctor Fine for an injured Romanoff, as she had been shot in the shoulder during the Battle of Washington, D.C. by the Winter Soldier. There, Hill revealed to the three that Fury was in fact not dead, and that they had developed a way to stop Project Insight but needed the group's help. The three questioned why this had been kept secret, Hill explained that HYDRA needed to believe they had succeeded.

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Hill and Nick Fury discuss their mission plan

They explained their plan to board the Helicarriers and change the chips inside to cause the Helicarriers' weapons to target each other rather than innocent people. Rogers explained his intentions to destroy both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA, as he believed that although HYDRA and Alexander Pierce were the enemy, S.H.I.E.L.D. was proven to be a broken system; Hill agreed with Rogers and helped convince Fury that it was the right thing to do.[9]

Battle at the Triskelion

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Hill prepares to stop HYDRA's Project Insight

"We need to breach those carriers and replace their targeting blades with our own."
"One or two won't cut it. We need to link all three carriers for this to work, because if even one of those ships remains operational a whole lot of people are gonna die."
Nick Fury and Maria Hill[src]

With the plan all agreed on, to disable the Project Insight Helicarriers from the inside controls while also allowing Black Widow to publish all of S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA's secrets online for the world to see, Hill assisted Captain America in regaining his World War II Uniform before the group travelled back to the Triskelion to begin their plan to save millions of lives before HYDRA could complete their terrible genocide.

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Hill breaks into the Triskelion with Rogers

Hill broke into the Triskelion with Captain America and Falcon and coordinated them in their attempt to disable and destroy Project Insight. While Rogers and Wilson disabled the Helicarriers, Romanoff infiltrated the main conference room to capture Alexander Pierce with the help of Nick Fury. Hill stayed in the command center, ordering and tracking the team during the mission. She managed to defend herself several times from any attacking HYDRA agents.

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Hill in the S.H.I.E.L.D. control room

During the battle, Rogers became trapped on board the Helicarrier while he was fighting the Winter Soldier, he ordered Hill to make the Helicarriers fire at each other with him still aboard, despite her protests she did as ordered and the Project Insight Helicarriers were destroyed. Rogers survived the crash, and Alexander Pierce was killed by Nick Fury. Romanoff leaked all of S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA's files onto the internet, effectively destroying S.H.I.E.L.D.[9]

Fury's Mole at Stark Industries

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Hill begins working at Stark Industries

"S.H.I.E.L.D. implodes and everyone wants answers. The CIA, NSA, NRO, them I can handle, but Congress, Congress is like kindergarten."
―Maria Hill[src]

Once the battle at the Triskelion left S.H.I.E.L.D. in shambles, Hill visited the Human Resources department of Stark Industries, and was interviewed for a job. This was a move to protect herself from prison as the protection coming from Stark Industries' lawyers rather than Tony Stark, as well as to allow her to continue maintaining global security. She communicated with Nick Fury during this time, feeding him intelligence and covertly working for him.[9][11]

While working for Stark Industries she was interviewed and questioned by various intelligence agencies from around the world including the CIA, the NSA, and the NRO. She was also interviewed by Congress, which to her were the most stressful meetings because in her view they acted like children. Despite working for Stark, she was still constantly under high-level surveillance by multiple agencies including an unknown Russian agency.[7]

Assisting Phil Coulson

Confronted by Melinda May

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Maria Hill on the phone with Pepper Potts

"We need to talk Agent Hill."
"May, a phone call would have done it, but I appreciate the discretion."
Melinda May and Maria Hill[src]

One night in Washington, D.C., while complaining to Pepper Potts about the hearings, Hill noticed the many poorly-concealed agents tailing her had been knocked out. Hill called for backup and was unsurprised to be confronted by Melinda May shortly thereafter. May revealed Phil Coulson's location and asked Hill to check on him as he had learnt information about his revival. She demanded to know who was behind Project T.A.H.I.T.I., believing that it was Alexander Pierce.

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Hill greets and speaks to Melinda May

Hill confessed that she asked Nick Fury before, but he only told her, "that he buried the intel when he decided not to bury Coulson." May guessed that it was a riddle she needed to solve and asked Hill if she could ask Fury directly, but Hill insisted that he had indeed been assassinated just before the Battle at the Triskelion, though May did not believe this story. Their conversation was cut short when at last the FBI showed up to protect her, at which point Hill berated them for taking more than three minutes to locate her, something she would never have tolerated in her own S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.[7]

Infiltrating Providence

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Maria Hill arrives in the Providence base

"Hold your fire, soldiers."
"This is one of the most classified facilities on the planet, Colonel. How the hell did you find it?"
"I told them."
Glenn Talbot, Phil Coulson and Maria Hill[src]

Hill subsequently reported the location of Nick Fury's top secret Providence base to the United States Armed Forces in the hopes that its capture could be used to prevent Phil Coulson and his team being sent to prison. Colonel Glenn Talbot arrived first, causing a stand-off between him and Coulson's Team, who had been hiding out in the base. Coulson demanded to know how Talbot found the base, at which point Hill arrived and revealed she was the one who had informed Talbot.

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Hill speaks to Phil Coulson

Upon arriving at the base, Talbot questioned Coulson's Team while Hill had a meeting with Coulson and tried in vain to convince him to surrender the base to Talbot and his men; telling him to hand over some small pieces of intel about S.H.I.E.L.D., which just annoyed him. Coulson refused and told her that their priority should be tracking down the traitors John Garrett and Grant Ward, who were HYDRA agents, was responsible for the murders of Eric Koenig and Victoria Hand, and had recently kidnapped Agent Skye. Hill made her choice and helped Coulson fight off Colonel Glenn Talbot and his men, before she and Coulson's team escaped.[7]

Confronting Grant Ward

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Hill and Antoine Triplett threaten Grant Ward

"Maria Hill. I kind of hoped you went down with the Triskelion."
"And I kind of hoped you weren't the duplicitous lowlife you turned out to be, but here we are."
Grant Ward and Maria Hill[src]

Hill was able to track down Grant Ward who was attempting to escape with Skye and Deathlok in the Bus. Hill, in a S.H.I.E.L.D. Jump Jet, confronted Ward and ordered him to surrender, threatening to shoot him out of the sky. Ward taunted her that Nick Fury should have made Black Widow his second, making it clear that he knew Phil Coulson would never allow Skye to be sacrificed. Hill continued distracting Ward long enough to allow Coulson to sneak aboard the plane and rescue Skye.

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Hill says goodbye to Phil Coulson

Later that night, Coulson took rooms in a small motel; he asked Hill to set up tactical back-up for him as he prepared to attack John Garrett. Hill told him there was no S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore. Hill implored Coulson and his team to end their association with S.H.I.E.L.D. as soon as Garrett had been defeated. She gave Coulson an offer to work for Tony Stark, but Coulson declined. He asked her to say hello to Stark for him, but changed his mind when he remembered that Stark still believed he was dead. Hill then left without saying goodbye, also telling Melinda May that Ward was a member of HYDRA.[7]

Finding the Scepter

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Hill learns that the Scepter has been found

"I'm guessing HYDRA doesn't know that Loki's Scepter was the weapon that killed me, but I bet they know it can control minds."
"In their hands that's catastrophic; Coulson please tell me you know where it is."
"Sokovia, pretty sure List is headed there right now."
Phil Coulson and Maria Hill[src]

Hill was contacted by Phil Coulson, after he had successfully located the Scepter which was being held by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Sokovia. The pair discussed the recent S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War where Robert Gonzales attempted to take control of the Playground. Both Coulson and Hill mocked Gonzales' voting method for every decision. Coulson ordered Hill to start the Theta Protocol and send in the Avengers to capture the Scepter and arrest Baron Strucker.[12]

Avengers Reassembling

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Hill and Doctor Helen Cho greet the Avengers

"He's fast and she's weird."
"Well, they’re going to show up again."
"Agreed. File says they volunteered for Strucker’s experiments."
―Maria Hill to Steve Rogers[src]

Following the intel given to her by Phil Coulson, Hill sent the Avengers on the successful Attack on the HYDRA Research Base where they captured both the Scepter and Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. With the mission complete, Hill greeted the Avengers Quinjet at Avengers Tower prepared to debrief the team about their mission's success.

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Hill speaks with Captain America

As Hawkeye was being taken to be cared for by Helen Cho, Hill spoke to Captain America about Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, whom they had encountered during the battle; Hill explained their powers in detail to Rogers, switching to less complicated terms to make it clear to him. When Hill made a comment about how they had volunteered for Strucker and List's experiments, Rogers compared them to himself as he had volunteered for Abraham Erskine's experiments.[11]

Celebration

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Hill attends Tony Stark's celebratory party

"Hey, What about Jane? Where are the ladies, gentlemen?"
"Well Ms. Potts has a company to run."
"Yes, I’m not even sure what country Jane’s in. Her work on the Convergence has made her the world’s foremost astronomer."
―Maria Hill, Tony Stark and Thor[src]

Hill was present at a celebratory party thrown by Tony Stark at the Avengers Tower. Drinking with Stark, Thor, and James Rhodes, she snidely opined that Pepper Potts and Jane Foster had intentionally missed the party, mocking the pair as they competed over who had the more impressive girlfriend by listing their accomplishments before Hill walked away with Rhodes while teasing them over their egos and how both of their respective partners could ever deal with such a pair.

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Hill spends time drinking with Clint Barton

Once most of the guests had left the party, Hill sat with fellow former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clint Barton and continued drinking. While many of the Avengers attempted to lift Thor's hammer Mjølnir without success; Hill herself did not attempt to lift the hammer, although she did take a chance to make fun of Steve Rogers for some comments he had made during the Attack on the HYDRA Research Base earlier that day which Black Widow had decided to tell her.[11]

Attack on Avengers Tower

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Hill witnesses the arrival of Ultron's first body

"All deference to the Man Who Wouldn't Be King, but it's rigged."
"You bet your ass!"
"Steve, he said a bad language word."
"Did you tell everyone about that?"
Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Maria Hill and Steve Rogers[src]

While the celebrations continued, the group was suddenly interrupted by the arrival of Ultron, an A.I. made from the bodies of several Iron Legion robots. Hill was the first to load her gun as Ultron began ranting about his desire to destroy the Avengers in order to save the world from further destruction as he viewed them as a great threat to humanity.

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Hill shoots at the attacking Ultron Sentries

Despite Steve Rogers best efforts to reason with the robot, Ultron refused to listen and instead sent in a small army of reprogrammed Iron Legion robots to attack them. Hill joined the team in a fight against Ultron's small army Ultron Sentries, firing her gun at them while the main heroes destroyed them as best they could. Eventually Ultron's body was destroyed by Thor who launched Mjølnir at the main body, but not before one of the Sentries had managed to escape with the Scepter before it could be stopped.[11]

Argument

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Hill recovers after Ultron's first attack

"He’s in your files, he’s in the internet. What if he decides to access something a little more exciting?"
"Nuclear codes."
James Rhodes and Maria Hill[src]

In the aftermath of the skirmish, Hill and the rest of the team were forced to make a plan to deal with the new threat. Hill and James Rhodes noted that as Ultron had proven that he could hack into the Avengers Tower's secrutiy systems, he could easily steal nuclear codes and cause global destruction. They went on to discuss who Ultron had killed, as Tony Stark to revealed J.A.R.V.I.S.' mainframe had been attacked and seemingly destroyed by Ultron.[11]

Hiding the Avengers

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Hill and Steve Rogers discuss Ultron's attacks

"The news is loving you guys. Nobody else is."
"Stark Relief Foundation?"
"Already on the scene. How’s the team?"
"Everyone’s…we took a hit. We’ll shake it off."
―Maria Hill and Tony Stark[src]

As the hunt for Ultron continued, Hill informed Steve Rogers of further sighting of Ultron and his legion of Ultron Sentries who had been attacking robotics labs, weapons facilities and jet propulsion labs. Hill confirmed that several people had been killed and Ultron was being helped by Pietro and Wanda Maximoff and had assassinated Baron Wolfgang von Strucker from within his prison cell.

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Hill advises the Avengers to disappear

In the aftermath of the Duel of Johannesburg between Iron Man and the Hulk, the public blamed the massive destruction caused on the Avengers. Maria Hill called Clint Barton while he piloted the Quinjet and recommended that they hide out for a while, as the team was suffering from the effects of Wanda Maximoff. Barton assured her that he knew where they could go, taking them to his home where they could rest and then be greeted by Director Nick Fury.[11]

Battle of Sokovia

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Hill commands the Helicarrier

"We have multiple bogies converging on our starboard flank."
"Show ’em what we got."
"You're up."
―Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

Nick Fury requested that Hill join him in planning support for the Avengers' battle against Ultron. Fury and Hill recruited former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents including technician Cameron Klein and took possession of an old Helicarrier which was repaired by Phil Coulson, whom the Avengers still believe to be dead. When they arrived at Sokovia they found the Avengers engaged in a massive battle against the seemingly unstoppable army of Ultron Sentries.

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Hill defends the Helicarrier from Ultron

Flying the Helicarrier in close, Hill sent out the rescue crafts to save the civilians while War Machine assisted in the battle. One of Ultron Sentries attacked the Helicarrier during the battle, but Hill and Fury fought back, with Hill firing her weapon at the attacking robot until they destroyed it before it did more harm to the ship or their crew-members. Eventually the battle was won, thousands of civilians were saved and Ultron was destroyed forever by the Vision.[11]

New Avengers Facility

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Hill in the New Avengers Facility

With Ultron destroyed and the help safe again, Hill was transferred to the New Avengers Facility, coordinating the efforts of the Avengers' new incarnation under the joint leadership of Captain America and Black Widow. Hill worked alongside Doctor Helen Cho in Cho's brand new laboratory, as her previous one, located in Seoul had been destroyed by the Ultron Sentries.[11]

Personality

Maria Hill is well-known in S.H.I.E.L.D. for being rather tough-minded and by the book. Her clear-headed pragmatism and reason was valued on multiple important occasions, especially during the critical situation surrounding the Avengers Initiative.

She was shown to be extremely loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. and especially to Director Nick Fury, having personally helped him several times, such as when he faked his death after being attacked by the Winter Soldier. However, Hill ultimately proved that for the greater good, she was willing to discard her loyalties to S.H.I.E.L.D. and help Captain America to destroy HYDRA, despite the fact that it would tear S.H.I.E.L.D. apart.

Since working for Stark Industries, Hill has grown close to her employer Pepper Potts and the Avengers. Though very professional when on the job, she jokes with her colleagues and is lighthearted during times of levity.

Abilities

  • Expert Marksman: Hill is incredibly skilled with firearms. Alongside Nick Fury, Hill was able to defend the Helicarrier from Loki’s brainwashed agents using only a sidearm. She also engaged and attempted to stop Agent Clint Barton, who had fallen under Loki’s spell, in a high speed firefight as the brainwashed agent tried to aid Loki in his escape with the Tesseract. As two HYDRA operatives attempted to remove her from the Project Insight command center, Hill killed them before they could fire a shot.
  • Expert Martial Artist: Hill is a highly trained combatant and martial artist, capable of engaging and defeating several of Colonel Glenn Talbot’s highly trained soldiers unarmed after they had captured Coulson's Team in Providence. During this altercation Hill displayed incredible skill in martial arts, and maintained the upper hand throughout the entire fight.

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