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First Look at Agent Maria Hill in 'Avengers' Unveiled as New Trailer Breaks iTunes Record

March 3, 2012, 2:16 am GMT

While a still for Cobie Smulders' S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is debuted, Walt Disney Pictures announces the fresh 'Avengers' trailer has broken 'Dark Knight Rises' iTunes download record in December.



A brand new image from "The Avengers" has been debuted. Instead of offering another look at Captain America and co., the fresh full-sized still gives a first look at "How I Met Your Mother" star Cobie Smulders as agent Maria Hill.

Donning an overall uniform, the female S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is seen standing in front of transparent monitors in what seems to be the Helicarrier. Former Marvel editor in chief, Joe Quesada, once described the character as "a force of nature."

The new photo was released a day after a fresh trailer for the Earth Mightiest Heroes movie was unveiled. The promo video itself has been downloaded on iTunes for 13.7 million times in its first 24 hours.

On Friday, March 2, Walt Disney Pictures announced that the new "Avengers" trailer has broken the record previously held by Warner Bros. Pictures' highly anticipated pic "The Dark Knight Rises", which new trailer was downloaded 12.5 million times in its first 24 hours in December 2011.

"Avengers" is set in the time when an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security. Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, the Hulk and Hawkeye are chosen to assemble to fight the biggest foes no single hero could withstand.

Joss Whedon works behind the lens for the superhero ensemble movie with Zak Penn penning the script. Supporting the film are Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. Disney will release the much awaited film in the U.S. on May 4.

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