Cobie Smulders is set to return to the MCU as SHIELD agent Maria Hill in Secret Invasion on the Disney+ service. She joins the big, and ever-growing, cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Olivia Colman, and Emilia Clarke. This was reported in Variety yesterday.

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Smulders is an old Marvel pro, with previous appearances as the key supporting character. She first appears in the first Avengers movie, then along with the Avenger’s sequels was in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Agents of SHIELD and will also be in The Marvels. Secret Invasion will be her ninth turn on the role.

Jacoba Francisca Maria “Cobie” Smulders belongs to that group of people whose very existence freaks me out, in that they were born quite some time after Star Wars was released and yet here they are, as fully functioning adults. Surely some mistake? Anyone born after 1980 must still be a child? What? I’m not old! You’re old!

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Anyway, Smulders is a British-Canadian who, before the MCU, was best known for her starring role as Robin Scherbatsky in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother that ran from 2005 to 2014. Famously her character had a secret former life as a Canadian teen pop sensation – Robin Sparkles – that was a source of constant mocking from the rest of the cast.

Secret Invasion centers on Nick Fury and Talos, reunited from Captain Marvel, and has Kyle Bradstreet is attached to write and executive produce.

Secret Invasion was a comic book crossover storyline that ran for an eight-issue limited series in 2008. The story involved a subversive, long-term invasion of Earth by the Skrulls, a group of alien shapeshifters who have secretly replaced many superheroes in the Marvel Universe with impostors over a period of years, prior to the overt invasion. Marvel’s promotional tagline for the event was:

“Who do you trust?”.

Secret Invasion is due some time in 2022 but no date has been set officially for release on Disney+.

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