Though she isn’t a hero herself, Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill remains to be one of the more likeable MCU regulars. The end-credits scene for Spider-Man: Far From Home had revealed that the Hill and Fury in the films had been Skrulls, and apparently, Smulders herself had no idea until days before the movie came out.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Smulders explained:
“Literally a week before the movie came out, I found out from Kevin [Feige] that they shot the extra scene [with Maria and Nick]… It was added [during post-production]. That driving footage is from the first scene that got cut out of the movie.”
Some have gone to speculate that this means that Hill was a Skrull this whole time, but Smulders herself would prefer that Hill herself has also gone on vacation. She says, “[Marvel] could change it to be that way, but in my mind — no. I don’t know where she is, but my hope is that she’s on vacation somewhere. In this world, she’s probably just on some other mission.”
Though the Skrull reveal did come out of the blue, I’m kind of hoping they keep the character the same since it changes so much when we look back at the older films. If anything, the Skrull plot point works very well for Far From Home, as Talos and his wife are less competent than Nick and Maria, therefore forcing them to rely on Spider-Man. Still, though, that shot of the drone getting taken out in front of Fury still felt very true to the character.
We don’t know when Fury and Hill will appear next, but you can catch them in Spider-Man: Far From Home now in theaters.