Cobie Smulders, the least-famous of the five actors on “How I Met Your Mother,” is set to join Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” She will essentially be Samuel L. Jackson’s sidekick in this film and multiple other Marvel films, something Jackson let slip on Jimmy Fallon’s show last week.
Hey, I’m all for Smulders becoming more famous. For one thing, check out that name: Cobie Smulders. She’s also an incredibly game and charming performer on “HIMYM,” and no matter how grating the show became at times, her character never became unlikable. At least some of that is because of her zeal and likability as a performer. But she has lagged in fame behind her costars Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and even Josh Radnor (who wrote and directed his own movie). I’m still bewildered the show has been on for six seasons and she hasn’t gotten more roles in mainstream films. Becoming a token female character in “The Avengers” isn’t a huge step forward, but it’s something, and it can only raise her profile for the future.
She joins Scarlett Johansson as one of two women in a cast that already includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg. Smulders beat out several other young actresses, including Morena Baccarin, who will star on “V” until it is canceled later this spring and before that starred on Whedon’s “Firefly.”