Producer of the Secret Invasion describes the need for Maria Hill’s death

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The Disney+ show’s executive producer thinks Maria Hill, a beloved character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, needed to be killed off, thus Secret Invasion confronts what is likely its most contentious character death. In an interview with Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Secret Invasion, producer Brian Tucker discussed the decision made by the titular programme to murder off Hill in the first episode of the season, “Resurrection.” Tucker asserts that the purpose of Maria’s death was to emphasise the significant threat that Gravik and his radicalised Skrull force posed to Earth during their siege. To fully depict the scope and realism of the threat that Gravik and his rebels offer to mankind was one of the sort of the most crucial decisions we had to make early on. And in order to do that, we couldn’t let all of our characters survive,” he remarked.

Hill, portrayed by Cobie Smulders, served as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s previous commander and deputy director. Throughout her time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she earned Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) trust as an ally. MCU fans were less than pleased with Hill’s death, which occurred when Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir) shot her dead while posing as Fury during the bombing of Moscow Square. Tucker acknowledges the uproar around the decision to drop Hill, but “tough decisions” have to be taken in order to deepen the show’s plot. This is a competition for the environment. Blood will be shed since it is a ground battle. It will be necessary to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to cherished characters because there will be fatalities in this fight, Tucker added. Smulders acknowledged her gratitude for the support she received from fans after Hill’s passing, noting that she was informed her character would be killed off during her first conversations to join the Secret Invasions ensemble. Smulders, who debuted as Hill in 2012’s The Avengers, was a recurring character in the MCU. In the following films, including Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Endgame, the Canadian actor reprised the part, as well as in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and all previous iterations of the Avengers film series.

Hill was one of two significant Fury supporters who perished in Secret Invasion, with Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), a longtime friend and former Skrull leader, also meeting a tragic end in Episode 4, “Beloved.” The deaths of both characters were only two of the show’s many unexpected turns, which also included some unexpected Skrull revelations and the characterization of G’iah (Emilia Clarke) as maybe the most potent character in the MCU. Kyle Bradstreet and Ali Selim’s Secret Invasion was widely panned by both reviewers and viewers. The miniseries has a 58% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, easily the lowest for a Disney+ MCU series. Despite the criticism, Selim was pleased with the outcome and is open to the idea of a Season 2.

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