Lanford Beard
March 02, 2012 AT 09:17 PM EST

How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders is taking on a legen–WAIT FOR IT–dary role in the first big popcorn flick of the summer, Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated The Avengers. Smulders plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, who was described by former Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada as “a force of nature.” See the full-sized pic of Smulders in action below, plus another glimpse of Ms. Hill (if you’re nasty).

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