It's Monday, and that means that you've had to find the strength to shake off the after effects of a weekend well spent just to get back into shape for the weekday work-athon. It's tough, sure, but it's a fact of life – one that isn't lost on super humans either. Yep, Mondays mean back to work for super heroes too, as they trade in their uniforms for something more business casual.
As far as jobs go, being the director of a global peacekeeping agency filled with super spies has to be one of the toughest in the Marvel Universe. Not only do you have to deal with fighting off alien invasions and armies of mad scientists, but you also probably have to contend with a lot of paperwork regarding collateral damage and plenty of HR headaches when agents get outted as spies. It's a good thing that Maria Hill's made of sterner stuff than most everyone else at S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Hill made her debut as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s director by laying down the law on Tony Stark and his newly assembled squad of ragtag Avengers. She knew the road Nick Fury walked down by allying himself so closely with the super-powered set, and Hill had no desire to end up ousted and disgraced just like her predecessor. Sure, this meant Hill acted as an obstacle to the heroes on occasion, but she had to do her job!
After a decent stretch of time in the position, Hill slowly started to realize that the less-than-trustworthy higher-ups at S.H.I.E.L.D. had placed her in her position strictly because they felt she would play by their rules. In this issue, Hill saves Tony Stark's life after a disgruntled employee disables the Iron Man armor as retribution for the super hero Civil War. During a heart to heart with Stark, Maria then reveals her big idea: put Tony Stark in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. and make all the right people angry.
Hill's seen a number of people take over S.H.I.E.L.D. during the hours she's clocked on a helicarrier. Tony Stark, Norman Osborn, Steve Rogers, and most recently a young woman named Daisy Johnson. Hill served as Johnson's second in command, which put her one heartbeat away from returning to the director's chair—or, as it turns out, one mind reset away. When Daisy departs with her memories partially erased, Hill steps right back into her familiar role, a role she currently holds today.
Maria Hill's adventure continues this week in SECRET AVENGERS #5!