Maria Hill was Nick Fury's 2nd in command at S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, it was apparent early on that Hill lacked the experience, wisdom, maturity, foresight and political savvy to be a true leader. From the beginning she had a strong dislike of Iron Man, as well as his new team, the Avengers, believing that individuals like them should work under S.H.I.E.L.D. rather than be allowed to act on their own accord. [1]

When Fury disappeared and Hill took charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., her personal prejudice against the Avengers resulted in Hill trying to arrest them during a city-wide fire fight between A.I.M. and Hydra when the Avengers refused to work for her, blinding her to the more immediate danger to the city. Even after the Avengers helped save the Helicarrier, she refused to show any gratitude and threatened Iron Man by telling him that she would petition to have government force the Avengers to serve S.H.I.E.L.D. or be arrested.[1] She also displayed great cruelty towards Henry Pym for his part in creating Ultron when the robot eventually went rogue and hacked into her mind to gain access to nuclear launch codes.[2]

Some time later, Hill tried to convince Tony that the Avengers needed to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. While attempting to do so, Stark Tower was attacked by A.I.M. who had reprogrammed Technovore to attack Arc Reactor energy signatures. Even through their back and forth arguments, Stark and Hill were able to escape Technovore and stop A.I.M.[3]

One night while Hill was sleeping, Fury and Mockingbird infiltrated her room and told her of the already ongoing secret invasion occurring from the Skrulls. Fury stated that he trusted Maria not to tell anyone and that he believed that no one could be trusted.[4]




Seemingly those of her Earth-616 counterpart

Strength level

Seemingly that of her Earth-616 counterpart


Hill's inability to compromise on rules and S.H.I.E.L.D regulations has often resulted in her wasting time with the Avengers rather than the real threat.

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