Cobie Smulders Hoping to Ride Shotgun With Nick Fury in “Avengers”

Cobie Smulders has been playing "the hot one" on the hit sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" for six seasons. It looks like she's finally ready to parlay that into a decent role in a major motion picture.

Samuel L. Jackson had let slip to Jimmy Fallon last week that he and "Avengers" director Joss Whedon would be trying out five actresses over the weekend for the role of Nick Fury's female sidekick. Word has it that Smulders gave the best reading, reported Deadline.

Now it's just a question of who Smulders will be playing. The vague "female sidekick" comment opens up a host of possibilities, and fans are speculating it could be anyone from Janet Van Dyne (an Avenger who fights under the alias "The Wasp") to Carol Danvers (who has spent some time in the comics as both the costumed hero Ms. Marvel and as S.H.I.E.L.D. director).

However, the smart money seems to be on Maria Hill, who, in the Marvel world, succeeded Fury as the head of SHIELD, butted heads with Iron Man and had Spider-Man arrested and unmasked.

Whedon has apparently been a fan of Smulders' for some time now, having considered her for the lead role in the "Wonder Woman" film he was once developing. We've been a fan for some time as well, but we're curious to see if she can go as dark as the role requires.

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