Maria Hill is the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and hasn't appeared in any of the previous Marvel movies. In the comic books, Hill is eventually made Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., replacing Fury.
While new, the character of Hill is likely significant, since Smulder's deal for The Avengers included appearances in nine other Marvel movies. While it's doubtful that Hill will take over S.H.I.E.L.D. in the movie, her time as Nick Fury's sidekick won't last forever.
Like the Black Widow, Hill will be outfitted in a catsuit-like costume. Smulders told Zap2It in March that she has tried on "portions of the catsuit" and admitted to being fascinated by the process. "I feel like wardrobe becomes very creative on these types of movies because they literally spend weeks designing just the pants or the emblem," said Smulders. "It's such an all-consuming process, so I'm excited to see how it all turns out."
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