This week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a doozy, as the episode tied into Captain America: The Winter Soldier in what was sure to be a ratings hit since the events of the hugely successful sequel made things for the TV show, well, let's say tricky to avoid any spoilers. Unfortunately, ratings slipped 5% instead. Still, creators have another trick up their sleeve: bringing back Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill just in time for May sweeps.
"There are so many people that let us know that they want to come on the show that are in the cinematic universe or just out there, but Maria Hill is such an important character to not only just the Marvel Universe but specifically to the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe," executive producer Jeffrey Bell explained to Marvel.com. "[Especially with] her relationship with Coulson [Clark Gregg], there’s something that’s just special and fun [in the] opportunity for two friends to get together with what’s happened."
Smulder will appear in the April 29 episode "Nothing Personal" which happens to be just in time for May sweeps. Bell says that there will be "tension" between Hill and Coulson because the two come to "different conclusions" following the aftermath of The Winter Soldier.
Though Bell and fellow executive producer Jeph Loeb don't admit it in the interview, Nick Fury will also appear in the season finale. Samuel L. Jackson admitted to the cameo earlier this week.
So now that Smulders has finished her run on [How I Met Your Mother](series:200728), could more appearances on [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) be in her future?
"In our world, we’re for it," said Bell. "[But first] we need a second season."
Should ratings get a bump from Smulder's appearance, they just might.