Attention! Stand straight, True Believers! S.H.I.E.L.D. heavyweight Maria Hill is taking names and handing out orders.
This warrior woman wastes no time getting down to business, and nothing stands between her and protecting the world’s civilians. Hill holds her own even amongst Super Heroes, and keeps her soldiers in line with a potent mix of blunt commentary and stubborn righteousness.
Born on a particularly freezing night in Chicago, Illinois, Maria Hill came into this world as her mother left it, leaving her to grow up with a father that blamed her for his losses. This resentful and lonely childhood shaped Hill into an independent woman with a keenly developed senses self-preservation and self-sufficiency that kept her going through West Point, and on to the United States Armed Forces. During this time, her physical skillset and mental fortitude caught the eye of high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. officials who sought to bring her into the secret government fold.
After recruitment, one of Hill’s earliest missions ended with her getting a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. operative killed in the line of duty while she had to carry out an assassination on another who’d been recently discovered to be a triple agent. Hill’s strong sense of moral obligation left her haunted by her actions and, believing herself a monster, ordered a hit on herself that would not spring into effect until her resignation from the line of duty.