So the second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron dropped a few days ago and I'm sure we've all seen it by now. If not, here it is.
So everybody's favorite scene including the whole team was teased again.
However, this time more shots of the aftermath were present, namely these two:
Notice how everybody that was at the party
- Dr. Cho
is present in the room and surrounding the Ultron body. Everybody except Maria Hill. But what does this mean?
Well the internet has been crying out for somebody to die in the MCU soon, and stay dead. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk all have films left in their contracts so a smaller role character such as Hawkeye, Black Widow, Maria Hill or Rhodey would be good bets if Marvel decides to kill someone. The death of an agent is what motivated them in the first movie.
Black Widow is confirmed for Infinity War, and Hawkeye has been suiting up again recently, for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, possibly? So that draws those two out.
So Rhodey or Hill to die then, right? In my opinion we haven't seen Rhodey in enough action scenes as War Machine, or had the ability to connect with him as a character, for his death to be more than a passing blow. Maria Hill however, has starred in Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
My theory is that Maria Hill is killed in the initial Ultron attack on Stark Tower, resulting in the team looking so despondent in the scene afterwards. Probably why Thor is so pissed as well, leaving Asgard to protect Earth and then having a friend die while he is there.
If my crazy speculation and youtube stills weren't enough evidence for you, look at these call sheets for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The sheet above is for a fight in the forest, presumably the same one we see Hawkeye and Hulk in during the trailers.
These sheets recently posted on eBay do not hold the name of Maria Hill... so where is she? Did she run at the first sight of trouble? Not the way a S.H.I.E.L.D agent would normally act, surely. What if she is already dead, killed early on in the movie...
...during the party? ...Ultron is a bit of a party pooper I say.
EDIT: Forgot to add this. Could Maria Hill's death be the reason for Nick Fury's return?