Cobie Smulders joins ‘The Avengers’ cast

Actress will play Maria Hill in superhero movie

Cobie Smulders will finally get her chance to play a superhero after signing up for The Avengers.

The How I Met Your Mother actress was believed to have been the front-runner for Joss Whedon‘s Wonder Woman project before the director abandoned it in favour of The Avengers.

However, Empire reports that Smulders will finally team up with the Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator in The Avengers, playing SHIELD agent Maria Hill.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson are all set to appear in the film.

Mark Ruffalo will play The Hulk, while Jeremy Renner has signed on to play the archer Hawkeye.

Smulder has signed on for nine films as the character, including The Avengers movies and other side-appearances in Marvel films including Iron Man, Captain America and the like.

The Avengers movie is out next year.