Maria Hill began her career with S.H.I.E.L.D. with the difficult duty of being assigned to Madripoor, a crime-ridden island nation. Despite these difficulties, she excelled at her job, and soon came to the attention of high ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel who selected her to act as deputy director to Nick Fury.
Maria Hill is a trained S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, proficient in interrogation, unarmed combat, marksmanship and the handling and processing of massive amounts of information. She is skilled at directing several operations and operatives at once. She sometimes uses various S.H.I.E.L.D. devices in combat.